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On This Day….

On this day in 1942, Petty Officer Telegraphist Ellen Whittall was the only fatality of an attack by German bombers on BRNC. A memorial plaque can be found close to where PO Whittall fell which was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent in 2005.

She was the only casualty at BRNC throughout the war and is buried in an official war grave in Plymouth.

Six Focke-Wulf aeroplanes attacked the College on that day, approaching from the east, down Noss Creek, so as to avoid the anti-aircraft fire from the town’s defences. There was extensive damage to the College main thoroughfare and the historic quarter-deck.

RIP PO(T] Ellen Whittall.