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Casualties   January - December 1927


Date Rank Name Unit, Aircraft & Comments

1 Jan

LAC

CAREW, FRANK

He was serving with No 208 Sqn and died in hospital at Ismailia from burns to the legs and thighs, he is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

4 Jan

AC2

LLEWELLYN, SLYVAN EVANS

He appears to have fallen from a window of the Officers' Mess and is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery.

14 Jan

Sgt

GREIVE, TOM

He was working in the Medical section of HQ Inland Area when he died suddenly.

18 Jan

Flt Lt

BREWERTON, CYRIL FRASER DSC

He was killed in a flying accident in Malta, whilst flying Bison, N9972 of No 423 Flt.  Also killed in the accident were Fg Off E Chafe, Lt G O O Jones RN and L/Tel G W Barton RN.  The aircraft was flying close to cliffs at low level when the pilot encountered disturbed air which threw the aircraft out of control the starboard wing hit the ground plunging it into the sea.

18 Jan

Fg Off

CHAFE, EDWIN (Lt RN)

He was killed in a flying accident in Malta, whilst flying in Bison, N9972 of No 423 Flt.  Also killed in the accident were Flt Lt C F Brewerton, Lt G O O Jones RN and L/Tel G W Barton RN.  The aircraft was flying close to cliffs at low level when the pilot encountered disturbed air which threw the aircraft out of control the starboard wing hit the ground plunging it into the sea.

27 Jan

Fg Off

SATTIN, ARTHUR

He was flying Flycatcher, N9916 of No 405 Flt when he failed to land aboard HMS 'Furious' off the coast of Portugal and was drowned.

28 Jan

Fg Off

CAMPBELL, GORDON THURSBY (Lt RN)

He was flying Dart, N9800 of No 462 Flt (HMS 'Furious') when he attempted to land on the rolling deck of the ship off the south west coast of Spain.  His aircraft went over the starboard side of the ship and he drowned.

28 Jan

Flt Lt

MEGGITT, WILLIAM GEOFFREY MC

He was killed  in a flying accident at  Beatrice Avenue, Norbury, London whilst flying Siskin III, J7171 of No 41 Sqn.

1 Feb

Fg Off

MILLS, JOHN YARNTON (Lt RN)

He was killed in a mid air collision whilst undertaking mock attacks against Fairey IIID, N9576 of No 441 Flt.  He was flying Flycatcher, S1069 of No 402 Flt  and the accident occurred off Benghisa Point, Malta.  The pilot of the Fairey IIID was unhurt and his passenger only slightly injured.

2 Feb

Plt Off

LEWIS, GOMER FLOWER

He was killed in flying accident in Woodcock, J7736 of No 3 Sqn at Upavon.  He was acting as the target aircraft during a camera gun practice when he stalled at 400 ft  and dived into the  ground.

4 Feb

Plt Off

EVANS, SIDNEY ARTHUR VERNON

He was killed in a flying accident when he flew into a hill near Rottingdean in Grebe, J7582 of No 56 Sqn whilst flying in fog.

27 Feb

WO2

MURPHY, JOHN JACK PATRICK

A member of the Service Police at SHQ Hinaidi, he died at RAF Hinaidi from pulmonary tuberculosis and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

28 Feb

AC1

PILCHER, BERTRAM CHARLES

He was serving as a Wireless Operator with No 6 Sqn when he died from a fractured skull sustained in a fall from a horse the previous day and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

9 Mar

Cpl

EAST, ARTHUR AFM

A Rigger (Aero), he was killed during a parachute demonstration at Biggin Hill.  He was attempting a record descent without opening from 6,000 ft but opened his chute too late and hit the ground before it had fully deployed.

10 Mar

Fg Off

WALKER, JOHN MATTHEW RAFO

He was killed whilst flying Bristol Jupiter Type 89, G-EBOA, belonging to Beardmore Flying School, which stalled, crashed and caught fire at Renfrew.

11 Mar

LAC DOBBS, ERNEST ARTHUR AFM He was serving as a Rigger (Aero) at the Home Aircraft Depot, RAF Henlow but was killed whilst making a parachute jump from a balloon at Stag Lane, Edgware, being electrocuted when he landed on power lines.

12 Mar

LAC

MEADON, WILLIAM JAMES

He was serving as a Carpenter Rigger at the Aircraft Park when he was killed in a flying accident at Peshawar whilst flying in Fairey IIIF, S1139 of No 60 Sqn, piloted by Flt Lt R O Rigg.

12 Mar

Fg Off

RIGG, ROBERT OWEN (Hon Flt Lt)

He was killed in a flying accident at Peshawar whilst flying Fairey IIIF, S1139 of No 60 Sqn, which was attached to the squadron for theatre trials

12 Mar

LAC

SEXTON, PATRICK JOHN

He was serving as a Fitter (Aero Engine) at te Aircraft Park when he was killed in a flying accident at Peshawar whilst flying in Fairey IIIF, S1139 of No 60 Sqn, piloted by Flt Lt R O Rigg.

18 Mar

Plt Off

PRIESTMAN, FREDERICK

He was killed whilst flying  Horsley, J8012 of No 11 Sqn, which crashed on a cross country flight.

19 Apr

Flt Sgt

ALDERTON, ALBERT GEORGE

He was killed in a flying accident at Eastchurch whilst flying in Virginia VI, J7714 of No 9 Sqn.  They was taking off from the hanger when the aircraft collided with a stationary DH9A.

19 Apr

AC2

DANIELS, EVERETT

He was killed in a flying accident at Eastchurch whilst flying in Virginia VI, J7714 of No 9 Sqn.  They was taking off from the hanger when the aircraft collided with a stationary DH9A.

19 Apr

Plt Off

DOWDESWELL, JOHN FREDERICK

whilst flying in Virginia VI, J7714 of No 9 Sqn.  They was taking off from the hanger when the aircraft collided with a stationary DH9A.

19 Apr

Fg Off

KELLY, WILLIAM JAMES

He was killed in a flying accident at Eastchurch whilst flying Virginia VI, J7714 of No 9 Sqn.  He was taking off from the hanger when the aircraft collided with a stationary DH9A.

3 May

Plt Off

BLATCHFORD, KEITH CONWAY

He was severely injured in a flying accident whilst flying an unidentified Avro 504N of No 2 FTS and died from his injuries the following day.  He is buried at Cranwell.

12 May

Fg Off

FOOT, WILLIAM ALAN RAFO

He was killed in a flying accident in DH9J, G-EBLH of the De Havilland Flying School which crashed at Littlewick, near Maidenhead.

13 May

Flt Cdt

BENTLEY, ALFRED CYRIL

He was killed in a flying accident at Henlow whilst landing downwind in Bristol F2B, F4940 of the RAF College, whilst on a cross-country exercise.

13 May

Fg Off

CARTER, RICHARD FENNER (Hon Flt Lt)

He was flying an unidentified Fairey IIID of  the RAF Base Gosport when he was involved in a flying accident near Gosport from which he later died of his injuries.

16 May

Plt Off

HOLDEN, ARTHUR LESLIE

He was severely injured in a flying accident whilst flying Gamecock, J8042 or J8043 of No 32 Sqn at Kenley, which collided with each other in formation.  He died of his injuries later that day.

16 May

Plt Off

MACE, ARTHUR GEORGE

He was killed in a flying accident at Queensferry whilst flying Avro 504N, H255 of No 5 FTS.

19 May

Flt Lt

PORTER, EDWARD ERNEST MBE, DCM

He was serving as a Stores Officer at the Aircraft Depot, Iraq, when he died, cause unknown.

25 May

Fg Off

HOWARD, ROBERT DOUGLAS VERNON RAFO

He was killed flying an aircraft of Imperial Airways which crashed at Gaza.

26 May

Fg Off

COCKS, JOHN JAMES CROFTS

He was undertaking a private flight from India to England accompanied by LAC Rowston in DH9, G-IAAB (formerly D3180, an Imperial Gift to India), which went missing between Kania and Constantinople, Turkey.  He was eventually classified missing presumed to have died on or since 26 May 1927.

26 May

LAC (Act Cpl)

ROWSTON, JACK

He was serving as a Fitter (Aero Engine) at the Aircraft Park, India and was accompanying Fg Off J J C Cocks on a private flight from India to England in DH9, G-IAAB (formerly D3180, an Imperial Gift to India), which went missing between Kania and Constantinople, Turkey.  He was eventually classified missing presumed to have died on or since 26 May 1927.

30 May

Fg Off

MILLER, HORACE

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying in an unidentified Avro 504N of the CFS which crashed in an attempted forced landing at Easton.

6 Jun

Sqn Ldr

LONGTON, WALTER HUNT DFC, AFC

He was killed whilst flying the Blackburn Bluebird I, G-EBKD at Bournemouth in the Medium Power Handicap Race when he collided with Westland Widgeon III, G-EBPW.  He is buried in Upavon Church Cemetery.

6 Jun

Flt Lt

OPENSHAW, LAWRENCE PRATT RAFO

He was killed whilst flying the Westland Widgeon III, G-EBPW at Bournemouth in the Medium Power Handicap Race when he collided with Blackburn Bluebird I, G-EBKD. 

8 Jun

LAC

BELCHER, THOMAS H

He died in the Military Hospital at Moascar from Meningitis whilst serving as a Fitter (Aero Engine) at No 4 FTS and is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

9 Jun

Fg Off

FORBES, HAYDON MARRIOTT SUTHERLAND DSC (Lt Cdr RN)

He was killed in a flying accident whilst carrying out a bombing practice in Flycatcher, N9887 of No 402 Flt at Marsa Scirocco in Malta.

16 Jun

Flt Lt

BAGGS, HUMPHREY WILLIAM

He was killed in a flying accident whilst piloting an unidentified Snipe DC of the CFS near Stamford.

16 Jun

Fg Off

BELL, SYDNEY FLEETWOOD

He was killed whilst flying in an unidentified Snipe DC of the CFS flown by Fg Off H W Baggs.

22 Jun

LAC

KIMPTON, ROBERT WILLIAM

He died in Basrah Combined Hospital from the effects of heat whilst serving as Armoured Car Crew with No 1 Section, Armoured Car Wing and is buried in Basra (Makina) RAF Cemetery.

22 Jun

Fg Off

SALMOND, RAWDON FRANK GERALD (Lt RN)

He was seriously injured in a flying accident at Dundee in an unidentified Fairey IIID of the RAF Base Leuchars.  He was admitted to hospital but died of his injuries.

30 Jun

LAC

BULL, ARTHUR ROBERT FREDERICK

Aircraft Depot, Iraq and died in the RAF Hospital at Hinaidi from Typhoid and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

6 Jul

Sgt

DILLON, THOMAS PATRICK

He was serving as a Musician at the Aircraft Depot, Hinaidi and died in the British General Hospital from natural causes including heart failure and a greatly distended gall bladder, he is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

10 Jul

Fg Off

SMITH, ARCHIBALD EDWARD PROTHEROE

He was serving with No 17 Sqn and died in Tidworth Military Hospital following a car accident on Salisbury Plain, when his car skidded and overturned.

12 Jul

Fg Off

PHILLIPS, LEONARD WILLIAM HENNELL (Hon Flt Lt)

Missing presumed killed after being involved in a seaplane accident whilst undertaking bombing practice in Hong Kong Harbour, flying Flycatcher, N9910 of No 403 Flt.

17 Jul

AC1 BUMPSTEAD, E H He died of natural causes whilst serving with No 5 Sqn.

18 Jul

AC1

ROGERS, LESLIE

A Fitter (Aero Engine), he was killed in a flying accident at Camberley flying in Bristol F2B, J7671 of No 13 Sqn, piloted by Plt Off W H Shorter, when the aircraft caught fire and dived into a road.

18 Jul

Plt Off

SHORTER, WILLIAM HORACE

He was killed in a flying accident at Camberley flying Bristol Fighter, J7671 of No 13 Sqn, when the aircraft caught fire and dived into a road.

19 Jul

Cpl

ROBINS, REGINALD WILLIAM RICHARD

A Fitter (Aero Engine), he was training as a pilot when he was killed whilst flying DH9A, J7868 of No 4 FTS at Aboukir, when it stalled on take off, spun in and caught fire.

20 Jul

Plt Off

PACE, RICHARD GRIFFITH

He was killed whilst flying Grebe, J7907 of No 32 Sqn, which crashed at Sutton Bridge after failing to pull out of an attack on a ground target.

21 Jul

LAC

SELF, WILLIAM CECIL CLARENCE

He died from typhoid fever whilst serving as a Carpenter Rigger at the Aircraft Depot, Iraq and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

22 Jul

AC1

BACON, HAROLD KAUNTZE

A Rigger (Aero), he was killed in flyiing accident at El Tablan in Egypt whilst flying in an unidentified DH9A of No 47 Sqn.  In one report it states the pilot, Fg Off F S Homersham was uninjured, whilst in another that he was killed.

22 Jul

Flt Sgt

SMITH, G

Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery

24 Jul

LAC

HART, ALFRED CLAUDIUS

A Fitter (Aero Engine), he was killed in a flying accident at Old Chaman, India whilst flying in an unidentified Bristol Fighter of No 31 Sqn, piloted by Fg Off R E Slacke

24 Jul

Fg Off

SLACKE, RANDAL EARL

He was killed in a flying accident at Old Chaman, India whilst flying an unidentified Bristol Fighter of No 31 Sqn.

25 Jul

Fg Off

ANDERSON, IAN ANDREW

He was killed in a flying accident at Northolt whilst flying Woodcock, J7967 of No 17 Sqn.  Whilst landing in formation his tail was hit by the propeller of J7976.

26 Jul

Fg Off

GEORGE, WILLIAM RAFO

Died

28 Jul

Fg Off

BARNARD, FRANKLYN LESLIE OBE, AFC, RAFO

He was killed at Winterbourne, Gloucester whilst flying Bristol Type 99A Badminton, G-EBMK during a test flight in preparation for the King's Cup Air Race.  He had flown for Imperial Airways.

1 Aug

Fg Off

BOON, ALEXANDER GOODISON (Lt R. Scots)

He was killed in a flying accident at Farnborough, piloting Bristol Fighter, xxxxx of No 13 Sqn.

1 Aug

LAC

VINCENT, STANLEY NOEL

He was serving as a Carpenter Rigger when he was killed in a flying accident at Farnborough in Bristol F2B, xxxxx of No 13 Sqn, flown by Fg Off A G Boon.

16 Aug

Flt Lt

ANNESLEY,WILLIAM ROBERT BATHURST

He was serving at RAF Training Base, Leuchars when he died, cause unknown.

19 Aug

LAC

HARROWER, JAMES

He died in Moascar Military Hospital from appendicitis whilst serving as a Wireless Operator with No 208 Sqn and is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

23 Aug

Flt Lt

CAMPION, OLIVER ST LEGER MRCS, LRCP, RAFO

He died suddenly of heart failure in Cairo aged 35.

26 Aug

Plt Off

KELLY, HAROLD CYPRIAN

He was killed whilst flying Woodcock, J7734 of No 3 Sqn, which crashed at Upavon and is buried in Upavon Church Cemetery .

26 Aug

Flt Sgt

SMITH, GILBERT

He was seriously injured in a flying accident at Heliopolis flying DH9A, xxxxx of No 45 Sqn on 24 Aug 1927, dying of his injuries two days later in hospital.  The aircraft was being flown by LAC (Act Sgt) George Bruce Gillie.

31 Aug

Sqn Ldr

MINCHIN, FREDERICK FRANK CBE, DSO, MC (RARO)

He is presumed to have died on or since 31 August 1927, having been lost on a trans-Atlantic attempt in Fokker FVIIA G-EBTQ with Fg Off Leslie Hamilton and the Princess Lowenstein,

7 Sep

Fg Off

MEDCALF, JAMES VICTOR RAFO

He is presumed to have died on or since 7 September 1927 having been lost whilst attempting a trans-Atlantic flight in the Stinson-Detroiter monoplane belonging to the Carling Brewery, together with Terrence Tully.

9 Sep

Flt Cdt

BEDDELL, ROBERT SPENCER

He was seriously injured in a flying accident at Leadenham in DH9A, xxxxx of the RAF College and later died of his injuries.

15 Sep

Wg Cdr

GASKELL, ARTHUR BRUCE DSC

He was killed in a flying accident at Hinaidi flying Bristol Fighter, xxxxx of No 30 Sqn.  At the time of his death he was serving as an air staff officer at HQ, Iraq Command.  He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

15 Sep

LAC

KITTOW ROBERTS, WILLIAM RONALD

He was injured in a flying accident at Hinaidi in Bristol Fighter, xxxxx of No 30 Sqn, flown by Wg Cdr A B Gaskell and later died of his injuries.   He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

12 Oct

LAC

HIRSCHBERG, JOHN

He was serving as a Fitter (Aero Engine) with 'D' Flight, Khartoum and died from Malaria and is buried in Khartoum War Cemetery.

15 Oct

Stf Chap

HALL, The Rev RICHARD OBE

He was serving as Chaplain at the Armament & Gunnery School when he died, cause unknown, at the Westminster Hospital.

20 Oct

Fg Off

RUMFITT, WILLIAM HARRY OSBORNE

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified Fairey IIID of the RAF Training Base Leuchars.  He was carrying out a gliding turn, when he went into a spin from which he almost recovered but then he entered another spin from he failed to recover.  His crew members, AC F W Thompson and AC H W Furniss were uninjured.

20 Oct

AC

TOMLINSON, FRANCIS WILLIAM He died in Dundee Infirmary from injuries sustained earlier in the day whilst flying in an unidentified Fairey IIID of the RAF Training Base Leuchars flown by Fg Off W H O Rumfitt. 

21 Oct

AC1

DAVIS, JAMES ALBERT

He was serving as a Clerk (GD) at AHQ Iraq and died in the General Hospital at Hinaidi, cause unknown, he is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

23 Oct

Sqn Ldr

BAYLEY, LEONARD JOSEPH ST GEORGE MC

He had recently been posted to RAF Northolt when he was involved in head-on collision with a lorry near Rickmansworth and died from his injuries in Watford Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford.

9 Nov

Fg Off

MACKENZIE RICHARDS, CAMPBELL

He was killed whilst flying Bristol F2B, C810 of the RAE, which ran out of fuel near East Grinstead whilst carrying out development work on the Davis Landing Light.  Unable to find a suitable place to make an emergency landing, he waited until his passenger had exited the aircraft by parachute before jumping, by which time he was too low.

19 Nov

Sgt

COLE, ARTHUR ALFRED

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified DH9A of No 84 Sqn, spun into the ground at low altitude and was destroyed by fire and exploding bombs, he is buried in Basra (Makina) RAF Cemetery.

19 Nov

AC1

CONLON, PATRICK

He was serving as a Carpenter Rigger and was killed whilst flying in an unidentified DH9A of No 84 Sqn, spun into the ground at low altitude and was destroyed by fire and exploding bombs, he is buried in Basra (Makina) RAF Cemetery.

1 Dec

LAC

BUTLER, JAMES LEWIS

He died in the Citadel Military Hospital in Cairo whilst serving as a Aircrafthand at HQ RAF Middle East from Septicaemia and is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery.

3 Dec

AC2

LACY, HENRY ARTHUR

An Aircrafthand, he was killed in a flying accident at Enfield whilst flying as the aerial gunner flying in Fox, J7941 of No 12 Sqn, piloted by Fg Off R D Whelan.

3 Dec

Flt Sgt

THOMASON, WILLIAM

He was serving as a Fabric Worker at the Home Aircraft Depot when he died in the RAF Hospital, Halton from sacro septicaemia.

3 Dec

Fg Off

WHELAN, ROBERT DARLEY

He was killed in a flying accident at Enfield flying Fox, J7941 of No 12 Sqn.

4 Dec

 Flt Sgt

SYDENHAM, WALTER HENRY

A Wireless Operator/Mechanic, he died from a fractured skull sustained in a fall from a horse whilst serving at the Aircraft Depot, Iraq and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

10 Dec

Fg Off

ROWE, ALEXANDER MEREDITH RAFO

He died, cause unknown, at the National Hospital, Holborn.

12 Dec

Sqn Ldr

WHITTAKER, JOHN TUDOR MC

He died in Bombay, cause unknown, probably whilst serving at the Aircraft Depot, India.

30 Dec

AC1

HARTWELL, ALFRED PHILIP

He died in the RAF British Hospital at Hinaidi from typhoid whilst serving as a Driver (Petrol) with No 6 Sqn and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

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