"In 1942, Operation Gearbox had a bad start, after losing radio contact the two Norwegian ships sailing to Spitsbergen were stuck in the ice fjord and immediately attacked by German Condor aircraft. As a consequence, the trawlers Isbjiorn and Selis were sunk and 14 were killed. In the aftermath of this attack Whatman managed to reestablish communication with HQ. His technical skills proved very effective communicating with a Catalina flying boat to get the survivors rescued." It was for this action that he was awarded the War Cross in 1943.
May you be at peace,
Brian & Mel