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Casualties - January - December 1931


Date Rank Name Unit, Aircraft & Comments

1 Jan

LAC

CHAMBERS, ALEXANDER DONALDSON

No 55 Sqn.  He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

5 Jan

Sqn Ldr

STEWART, HARRY

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified Wapiti of No 84 Sqn, which crashed during a night landing at Shaibah.  He is buried in Basra (Makina) R.A.F. Cemetery.

10 Jan

Sgt WREN, JAMES EDWARD He was killed whilst flying a Wapiti of No 39 Sqn, which crashed at Rifaltur during a practice for the forthcoming air pageant in Delhi when a large eagle flew into the machine, breaking a strut, causing the wings to collapse.

10 Jan

Cpl JEFFERY, THOMAS WILLIAM PENNY AFM He was killed whilst flying a Wapiti of No 39 Sqn, which crashed at Rifaltur during a practice for the forthcoming air pageant in Delhi when a large eagle flew into the machine, breaking a strut, causing the wings to collapse. He attempted to jump out before the crash but his parachute caught in the fuselage.

12 Jan

Plt Off

CHAPMAN, JOHN EDWARD FURLONG

He was killed whilst flying in Vimy, F9168, which become lost on a night delivery flight to No 2 FTS, hit telephone wires and a ridge near Misson in Nottinghamshire.

12 Jan

Flt Sgt ROGERS, ALFRED GEORGE He was killed whilst flying in Vimy, F9168, which become lost on a night delivery flight to No 2 FTS, hit telephone wires and a ridge near Misson in Nottinghamshire.

12 Jan

Fg Off

LEMON, FRANK

He was killed in a mid-air collision whilst flying Siskin IIIA, J8865 of No 29 Sqn.  His aircraft was struck by J8946 of the same unit being flown by Plt Off D V Angell.  Angell was court martialled on a charge of  'neglect of flying' but was found not guilty.

12 Jan

Flt Lt

SHAW, GEOFFREY MAYNARD EDWARD

He was killed whilst flying in Vimy, F9168, which become lost on a night delivery flight to No 2 FTS, hit telephone wires and a ridge near Misson in Nottinghamshire.

16 Jan

Fg Off

WHITFIELD, LAWRENCE

He was an amateur jockey and died in the Star and Garter Home, Peterham, Surrey from injuries sustained on 16 Jan 1931during a race at Hurst Park.

19 Jan

Fg Off

BARTON, JOHN

He was a member of No 7 Sqn and was killed, whilst flying in Virginia VII, J8241 which crashed into the Orderly Room at RAF Worthy Down.

19 Jan

Fg Off

MONROE, WALTER SYDNEY

He was a member of No 7 Sqn and was killed, whilst flying in Virginia VII, J8241 which crashed into the Orderly Room at RAF Worthy Down.

19 Jan

LAC

MILNER, JAMES STANLEY

He was a member of No 7 Sqn and was killed, whilst flying in Virginia VII, J8241 which crashed into the Orderly Room at RAF Worthy Down.

4 Feb

LAC

RUTLEDGE,

He was killed whilst flying in Blackburn Iris, N238 of No 209 Sqn, piloted by the Sqn CO, Wg Cdr C G Tucker, which crashed in Batten Bay, Plymouth Sound.  Eight others were also killed, six of whose bodies were not recovered.

4 Feb

Wg Cdr

TUCKER, CHARLES GILBERT

He was the OC of 209 Sqn and was killed piloting Blackburn Iris, N238, which crashed in Batten Bay, Plymouth Sound.  Eight other were also killed, six of whose bodies were not recovered.

4 Feb

Fg Off

WOOD, FREDERICK KINGSLEY

He was killed whilst flying in Blackburn Iris, N238 of No 209 Sqn, piloted by the Sqn CO, Wg Cdr C G Tucker, which crashed in Batten Bay, Plymouth Sound.  Eight others were also killed, six of whose bodies were not recovered.

13 Feb

Flt Cdt

ACTON ADAMS, ARTHUR MORLAND

He was killed whilst under instruction in Atlas, K1187 of the RAF College, Cranwell, his instructor being Fg Off A F P Anning.  They were carrying out a gliding turn during approach for a practice forced landing when they lost flying speed.  The court of inquiry decided that the instructor, left the correction of this fault until it was too late to recover the aircraft from the resulting dive.

13 Feb

Fg Off

ANNING, ANTHONY FREDERICK PAUL

He was killed whilst instructing  Flt Cdt A M Acton Adams in Atlas, K1187 of the RAF College, Cranwell.  They were carrying out a gliding turn during approach for a practice forced landing when they lost flying speed .  The court of inquiry decided that the instructor, left the correction of this fault until it was too late to recover the aircraft from the resulting dive.

17 Feb

Flt Lt

BAXTER, HENRY RICHARD FREDERICK

Killed

17 Feb

AC

BOYCE, V R R

He was killed whilst flying in Horsley, S1444 of No 36 Sqn, which failed to recover from dive and crashed into a mangrove swamp at Pulau Khatib Bangsu Island in the Jahore Straits.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

17 Feb

Fg Off

DAVIS, SIDNEY ALEXANDER

He was killed whilst flying in Horsley, S1444 of No 36 Sqn, which failed to recover from dive and crashed into a mangrove swamp at Pulau Khatib Bangsu Island in the Jahore Straits.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

26 Feb

Plt Off

NEWCOMBE, JACK STEWART

He was serving with No 12 Sqn but died at Kreisspital Samaden in Switzerland

7 Mar

Plt Off

LAND, HAROLD AuxAF

He was probably killed whilst flying either Wapiti, J9603 or Avro 504N, H2975, both of No 602 Sqn which collided with each other in formation.

7 Mar

Plt Off

PHILIPS, GEORGE CHRISTOPHER AuxAF

He was probably killed whilst flying either Wapiti, J9603 or Avro 504N, H2975, both of No 602 Sqn which collided with each other in formation.

19 Mar

Plt Off

ANGELL, DAVID VICTOR

Killed (Siskin IIIA, J9912 of No 29 Sqn, crashed on a farm at Bourn, Cambridgeshire)

23 Mar

Sgt

ANTHONY, WILLIAM HENRY

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified Wapiti of No 55 Sqn, which flew into trees and exploded near Sulaimaniya and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.  His crewman, AC1 R H Nicholas was also killed.

23 Mar

AC

NICHOLAS, ROBERT HUGO

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in an unidentified Wapiti of No 55 Sqn, flown by Sgt W H Anthony, who was also killed, which flew into trees and exploded near Sulaimaniya and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

23 Mar

Fg Off

McDOWELL, ALEXANDER MAXIMILIAN (Lt RN)

He was killed flying Fairey IIIF, S1341 of the RAF Training Base Leuchars when it suffered a starboard wing failure and crashed near St Andrews.

25 Mar

AC2

MUNRO, ROBERT KENNETH

30 Sqn. He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

27 Mar

LAC

SMITH, W H

He was killed in a fatal starting accident with Bristol Fighter, H1493 of No 6 Sqn and he is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

27 Mar

Fg Off

WINTRINGHAM, CHARLES RICHARD FILDES

Killed (Avro 504N, J8750 of the RAF College which crashed at Sudbrook during a practice forced landing, when the wing tip struck the ground?)

31 Mar

Fg Off

LITTLE, CHARLES HUGH RUDGARD

He was killed whilst flying Gamecock, J8073? of the Armament and Gunnery School which crashed in a field off Rectory-road, Rochford in Essex whilst he was attempting to land in order to assist a fellow pilot who had made a forced landing.

1 Apr

Flt Sgt

CLARKE, H E

Maala Cemetery.  Shown as being killed/died 1 30 Apr 1931

3 Apr

Fg Off

SMITH ERNEST FREDERICK RAFO

Killed

4 Apr

AC1

GOLPHIN, D

He was killed whilst flying in Fairey IIIF, S1143 of Heliopolis Communication Flt when it stalled and crashed on landing.

4 Apr

AC1

THOMAS, J A S

He was killed whilst flying in Fairey IIIF, S1143 of Heliopolis Communication Flt when it stalled and crashed on landing.

8 Apr

Sqn Ldr

WAUGH, JOHN KEITH DSC

He was seriously injured whilst flying in Fairey IIIF, S1143 of Heliopolis Communication Flt when it stalled and crashed on landing on 4 Apr 1931 but died four days later. He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery. Also shown as 4 April

18 Apr

Fg Off

LAMDIN, FRANK MBE

Died

23 Apr

AVM

HOLT, FELTON VESEY CMG, DSO

Having carried out an inspection of RAF Tangmere, he had taken off in his De Havilland Moth (K1838), with his PA flying another Moth when a formation of Siskins of No 43 Sqn, seeing his PAs aircraft decided to pay him an aerial salute.  Unfortunately, the formation dived directly at the AVM, whom they could not see and  the Siskin on the left of the formation, flown by Sgt C G Wareham, caught the wing of his Moth.  Going into a spin, the pilot recovered and the AVM took to his parachute, but they were too low, the AVM being killed when he hit the ground without a fully deployed parachute and his pilot, Flt Lt H M Moody, when the aircraft hit the ground.  The inquest brought a verdict of accidental death.

23 Apr

Flt Lt

MOODY, HENRY MICHAEL MC

He was the pilot of Moth, K1838 of No 24 Sqn with AVM F V Holt, the AOC, Fighting Area as his passenger.  They had just taken off from RAF Tangmere after the AOC an carried out an inspection of the station together with the AOC's PA, who was flying another Moth when a formation of Siskins of No 43 Sqn, seeing his PAs aircraft decided to pay him an aerial salute.  Unfortunately, the formation dived directly at the AVM's aircraft, whom they could not see and  the Siskin on the left of the formation, flown by Sgt C G Wareham, caught the wing of his Moth.  Going into a spin, the Moody recovered and the AVM took to his parachute, but they were too low and the AVM was killed when he hit the ground without a fully deployed parachute and Flt Lt H M Moody, when the aircraft hit the ground.  The inquest brought a verdict of accidental death.

24 Apr

Fg Off

WOOD, DAVID HARRY GADSDON

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified aircraft of No 20 Sqn which crashed near Shin Kamer.

24 Apr

AC1 RING, He was killed whilst flying in an unidentified aircraft of No 20 Sqn which crashed near Shin Kamer.

26 Apr

LAC

MILLIGAN, LESLIE CHARLES

70 Sqn.  Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery

2 May

Fg Off

MACKAY, STEWART SINCLAIR

Killed (Avro 504N, F8813 of No 2 FTS, which stalled and dived into the ground?)

5 May

Flt Lt

GLADSTONE, THOMAS ANTHONY AFC, RAFO

Killed  (Horsley, J8617of No 504 Sqn?)

6 May

AC1 ALEXANDER MERRIMAN He was killed when he was thrown out of Atlas, ? of No 13 Sqn when it lost its engine.

7 May

Flt Lt

WAGHORN, HENRY RICHMOND DANVERS AFC

He was testing a Hawker Horsley fitted with an alternative engine (probably J8932) with a Mr Alexander of the RAE on 4 May 1931, when the aircraft became uncontrollable and they were forced to abandon it at around 500 ft.  Waghorn waited for Alexander to jump before himself leaving the aircraft and he suffered injuries when he hit a building, from which he died three days later.

12 May

Flt Cdt

BERTRAM, HUGH LESLIE JAMES

He was killed whilst flying Avro 504N, J8751 of the RAF College Cranwell when he attempted a manoeuvre which resulted in a stall at a height below which he could recover.

12 May

Flt Lt

RICHARDS, WILLIAM JOSEPH

Died.  He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

19 May

Fg Off

COLQUHOUN, JAMES ARBURHNOT SUTHERLAND (Lt RN)

He was killed flying Blackburn Dart, N9997 of No 464 Flt whilst returning to HMS Courageous following a mock attack on the Fleet.  As he broke formation to land, his aircraft stalled and collided with N9995, both crashing into the Moray Firth from 800 ft.

19 May

Fg Off

NANGLE, HENRY NATHANIEL MILO (Lt RN)

He was killed flying Blackburn Dart, N9995 of No 464 Flt whilst returning to HMS Courageous following a mock attack on the Fleet.  N9997 stalled as it broke formation and collided with N9995, both crashing into the Moray Firth from 800 ft.

25 May

Sgt

SELVAGE, E

Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery

8 Jun

Fg Off

O'BRIEN, FRANCIS ALBERT RAFO

Killed

1 Jul

Flt Lt

STIRLING, ROBERT MILLER AFC, RAFO

He was killed in Ontario

2 Jul

Sgt

HYNE, B W

14 Sqn.  (Fairey IIIF, J9064 of No 14 Sqn, crashed on landing at Amman?).  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

4 Jul

Fg Off

GRIFFIN, ROBERT VERNON

Died

7 Jul

LAC

CURTIS, GEORGE WILLIAM.

Heliopolis.  He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

7 Jul

Fg Off

CARTER, CHARLES HENRY RAFO

He was killed flying Bristol Type 89 Trainer, G-EBOC, c/n 6965 which collided with G-AAWJ being flown by Flt Lt E.H. Bryant whilst both aircraft where approaching to land.

5 Aug

Flt Lt

JONES, ARTHUR REGINALD

 

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified Atlas of No 208 Sqn, which crashed at Almaza and is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery.  His crewman, LAC E G C Henry was also killed.

5 Aug

AC

HENRY, E G C

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in an unidentified Atlas of No 208 Sqn, which crashed at Almaza, being flown by Flt Lt A R Jones, who was also killed.  He is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery.

7 Aug

Plt Off

VAUGHAN FOWLER, DENIS GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified Siskin of No 41 Sqn.  He had been flying at the Folkestone Searchlight Tattoo, in an aircraft lit up with coloured lights and on his return to Hawkinge, it developed engine trouble and overturned on landing, bursting into flames and burning out.

16 Aug

Gp Capt

FLACK, MARTIN WILLIAM CBE, MB, BCh

Died

18 Aug

Fg Off

BRINTON, GERALD LEWIS (Lt RN)

He was killed in a flying accident in Supermarine S6, N247, which had won the 1929 Schneider Trophy Race and also held the world air speed record at that time.  The aircraft began to 'porpoise' on take off and on the third attempt to lift off the aircraft left the water but immediately nose dived into the sea and turned over.

18 Aug

Sqn Ldr

CROLLIUS, JOHN ROBERT MB, ChB, LMSSA

Died

8 Sep

Fg Off

McMULLIN, CHARLES ROOSMALE RAFO

Killed

9 Sep

LAC

HUDSON, JOHN

 

He was killed whilst flying Atlas, K1015 of No 4 FTS.  He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

17 Sep

Plt Off

SCOTT, STENHOUSE ARNOLD RAFO

Died

24 Sep

LAC

GWYTHER, JOHN TREVOR

He is buried in Basra (Makina) R.A.F. Cemetery.

30 Sep

Plt Off

BROWNE, GILBERT ERNEST OGILVIE

Died

30 Sep

Plt Off

IRELAND, NOEL ARTHUR

Killed

1 Oct

Fg Off

ABBOTT, FREDERICK ERNEST

He was killed whilst flying Atlas, J9960 of No 208 Sqn, which crashed on take off at Ismailia.  He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

2 Oct

Flt Lt

ELLIOT, ARCHIBALD GUTHRIE (Lt Cdr RN)

He was killed whilst flying as the observer of Blackburn Ripon, S1467 of No 461 Flt.  They had been carrying out  a dummy torpedo attack on a ship when the pilot of the aircraft was blinded by jettisoned fuel and dived into the sea near Farmgusta, Cyprus.  His pilot, Lt Cdr F S Benney RN was also killed.

8 Oct

LAC

FULLER, RALPH REGINALD

No 70 Sqn.  He fell out of Victoria, J8919 from 1,000 ft on 7 Oct 1931 and possibly died the following day.  He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

14 Oct

Sqn Ldr

SALT, TREVOR EDWARD AFC

Killed

26 Oct

Fg Off

SINGLETON, HENRY CHARLES

He was killed whilst flying an Atlas, (K1017 or J9526) of No 13 Sqn, which collided with each other near Tidworth during a formation change.  He is buried in Netheravon (All Saints) Churchyard .

26 Oct

Plt Off

WILLIAMS, ROGER

He was killed whilst flying an Atlas, (K1017 or J9526) of No 13 Sqn, which collided with each other near Tidworth during a formation change.

30 Oct

Fg Off

MARKBY, JOHN EUGENE

He was killed whilst flying in Tutor, K2498 of No 3 FTS, which crashed at Bulwell Hill Golf Links near Nottingham whilst carrying out aerobatics.  At the time of the accident he was serving with No 504 Sqn.

30 Oct

Fg Off

McHARDY, LOUIS

He was killed whilst flying in Tutor, K2498 of No 3 FTS, which crashed at Bulwell Hill Golf Links near Nottingham whilst carrying out aerobatics.  At the time of the accident he was serving with No 504 Sqn.

2 Nov

Fg Off

BANNERMAN, ISMAY MB, ChB

Died

8 Nov

Fg Off

JONES, EDWARD ARNOLD RAFO

Died of injuries

24 Nov

Flt Cdt

DATHAN, NORMAN GILLY

He was killed in a flying accident whilst flying Atlas, xxxxx of the RAF College, Cranwell.  He was practicing at a relief landing ground and is thought to have stalled in a climbing turn from a height of 100 200 ft, thereby having insufficient height to regain control.

24 Nov

Plt Off

SHRIMPTON, JOHN EDWARD

He was killed whilst flying a Moth of the RAF Kenley station flight when it collided with a Bulldog of No 23 Sqn over Kenley

24 Nov

Flt Lt

LACEY, ERNEST VAIR  SLEIGH

He was killed whilst flying a Moth of the RAF Kenley station flight when it collided with a Bulldog of No 23 Sqn over Kenley

25 Nov

AC1

PEARSON, WILLIAM JAMES

Aircraft Depot, Iraq.  He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

27 Nov

Flt Lt

FREEMAN FOWLER, JOHN

No 6 Sqn.  Died.  He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

28 Nov

Fg Off

TEIDEMAN, ARTHUR GEORGE

Killed

28 Nov

Fg Off

MACKENZIE, JOHN BURALEM

Killed

10 Dec

Plt Off

WILSON, LESLIE JOHN HENRY

Killed.  He is buried in Hawarden (St Deiniol) Churchyard .

19 Dec

Fg Off

LAWSON, GEORGE WALTER

Killed.  He is buried in Amesbury Cemetery.

19 Dec

Flt Lt

SOUTHAM, GEORGE JUSTICE

Killed

21 Dec

Fg Off

HEINEMANN, P D (Lt RN)

He was killed whilst flying Flycatcher, N9670 of No 406 Flt.  He spun into the sea near Bahrain during target practice against a floating target towed behind a ship.

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