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Casualties - January - December 1934


Date Rank Name Unit, Aircraft & Comments

9 Feb

Fg Off

CLARKSON, RODNEY THOMAS PLAYFORD

He was serving at RAF Gosport and died from injuries (paralysis of the intestines due to shock) sustained on 5 February in a road accident at Gomer Lane, Gosport.

11 Feb

Flt Lt

ALLEN, RALPH ERIC HERBERT RAFO

DHe was employed as a technical officer at Scotland Yard but died of injuries sustained when he was hit by a van as he ran out into the road from behind a bus in Parliament Street, London.

13 Feb

LAC

HOBBS, E

He was killed in a accident aboard HMS Furious, when he ran into the propeller of Fairey IIIF, S1339 as it was being hoisted out.

7 Mar

Fg Off

PATON, JOHN HUGH MB, ChB, RAFO

Working as a doctor in Hull, he died of injuries sustained the previous whilst flying Blackburn Bluebird IV, G-AABV, which crashed at Hedon.

8 Mar

Flt Lt

BEST, WILLIAM

He was serving as a Stores Officer at the RAF Depot, Middle East and died after an operation.

11 Mar

 AC

GRIFFITHS, CHARLES EDWARD

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in Wallace, K3563 of No 501 Sqn when it was abandoned near Thornbury when the crew believed it to be on fire but he did not leave the aircraft.

15 Mar

Flt Lt

ANDREWARTHA, ERNEST VICTOR EMERSON He had been serving as Stores Officer at the Aircraft Depot, Iraq but was taken ill shortly after returning to the UK in April 1933, eventually dying in Granard House, Fulham from cancer.

20 Mar

AC1

McANDREWS, RONALD PERRIEN

He was serving as a Driver (Petrol) with No 30 Sqn and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

21 Mar

WO

STONE, FREDERICK

He was serving at the Aircraft Depot, Iraq and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

4 Apr

Flt Lt

BARNES, WILFRED EDWARD RAFO

He died following a long illness, no further details.

5 Apr

Sqn Ldr

SCRIVEN, VICTOR REGINALD AFC

He was serving on Engineer duties at HQ Wessex Area when he died, cause unknown.

10 Apr

LAC

WOOLLEY, ARTHUR GEORGE

He was killed near Khartoum whilst flying in Gordon, K2624 of No 47 Sqn, which crashed at Rumbeck, Sudan and is buried in Khartoum War Cemetery.

10 Apr

Flt Lt

SEARLE, EDMUND HENRY

He was killed near Khartoum whilst flying Gordon, K2624 of No 47 Sqn, which crashed at Rumbeck, Sudan and is buried in Khartoum War Cemetery.

23 Apr

Flt Lt

BROWN, RICHARD

He was flying a Hawker Fury I, K2047 of No 1 Sqn when he collided with K2044 of the same unit during flight attack training and is buried in Tangmere (St Andrew) Churchyard.

23 Apr

Fg Off

TANNER, WILLIAM ERSKINE SNELL

He was flying a Hawker Fury I, K2044 of No 1 Sqn when he collided with K2047 of the same unit during flight attack training and despite managing to abandon the aircraft was nevertheless killed.  He is buried in Tangmere (St Andrew) Churchyard.

1 May

Fg Off

DOUTHWAITE, DENNIS JOHN

He was killed whilst flying in Hart, K3152 of the RAF College, Cranwell when it collided with Bulldog Trainer, K3928 of the same unit and crashed near Digby.

1 May

Flt Lt

TANNER, JOSEPH SEYMOUR

He was killed whilst flying in Bulldog Trainer, K3928 of the RAF College, Cranwell when it collided with Hart, K3152 of the same unit and crashed near Digby. 

1 May

Flt Cdt

PLUGGE, JOHN AICKEN

He was killed whilst flying in Bulldog Trainer, K3928 of the RAF College, Cranwell when it collided with Hart, K3152 of the same unit and crashed near Digby. 

1 May

Flt Cdt

ASKELL-RUTHERFORD, J

He was killed whilst flying in Hart, K3152 of the RAF College, Cranwell when it collided with Bulldog Trainer, K3928 of the same unit and crashed near Digby.

7 May

APO

DREGHORN, ALEXANDER BURR

He was killed whilst flying an Atlas (K1505?) of No 4 FTS and is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

10 May

LAC

STICKLEN, REGINALD

He was serving with No 70 Sqn, probably as a Wireless Operator or Mechanic and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

24 May

Fg Off

WILLIAMS, GEORGE ELYTON SLOAN

He was killed whilst flying an Atlas of the Station Flight, RAF Andover when it failed to recover from a spin during the Empire Air Day at the station.

24 May

Cpl

BROWN, R F

He was killed whilst flying in an Atlas of the Station Flight, RAF Andover when it failed to recover from a spin during the Empire Air Day at the station.

26 May

 

McKAY, W J

Khartoum War Cemetery

27 May

Fg Off

PARISH, GEOFFREY ELLIOT WOODBINE

He was undertaking a language course when he died at Hinaidi, Iraq from pneumonia.

6 Jun

Plt Off

PARISH, MARTIN JOHN OKES

He was drowned when the Vildebeest (K2920?) of No 100 Sqn, he was flying in crashed into the sea during an exercise off Singapore.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery.

6 Jun

AC

GINELLO, IVOR JAMES JOHN

He was drowned when the Vildebeest (K2920?) of No 100 Sqn, he was flying in crashed into the sea during an exercise off Singapore.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery.

13 Jun

AC2

SPITTLE, D L

Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery

18 Jun

AC1

ATWELL, JOHN FOSTER

Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery

23 Jun

Wg Cdr

WILLIAMS, ARTHUR TRAFALGAR OBE

He was serving as a Staff Officer within the Directorate of Operations and Intelligence when he died in St. Mary’s Hospital, London, following an operation.  A post-mortem found that he had pieces of bone embedded in his lungs as a result of wounds sustained during WW1.

25 Jun

Fg Off

SHAW, CYRIL RAYMOND LAURENCE RAFO

He was killed whilst flying in DH 82A Tiger Moth, G-ACBE which collided with DH 82A Tiger Moth, G-ACBB both from the Bristol Reserve Flying School (Filton), which crashed at Nibley Farm, near Yate and burnt out.

25 Jun

Fg Off

DARROCH, JOHN MACPHEE RAFO

He was killed whilst flying in DH 82A Tiger Moth, G-ACBE which collided with DH 82A Tiger Moth, G-ACBB both from the Bristol Reserve Flying School (Filton), which crashed at Nibley Farm, near Yate and burnt out.

25 Jun

Fg Off

HILLS, GEOFFREY PAULET FRENCH RAFO

He was killed whilst flying in DH 82A Tiger Moth, G-ACBB, which collided with DH 82A Tiger Moth, G-ACBE, both from the Bristol Reserve Flying School (Filton) and crashed at Nibley Farm, near Yate.  He had attempted to bale out but was too low for his parachute to deploy fully.

30 Jun

Sqn Ldr

COLLETT, STANLEY BERESFORD AuxAF

He was killed in an air accident at Hendon whilst flying as the observer to Fg Off Robert Lea in Hart, K2983 of No 600 Sqn.  The aircraft suffered an engine failure on take off and Lea turned back to the airfield, but stalled the aircraft and crashed.  Sqn Ldr Collett was knocked unconscious and died in the subsequent fire.

4 Jul

Flt Lt

HAYES, PATRICK JOSEPH MBE, AFC

He was serving as a Signals Officer at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment when he died, cause unknown.

5 Jul

Sgt

LIGHT, HENRY THOMAS

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in an Hart, K2432 of No 18 Sqn, which crashed at Northolt during a dive bombing demonstration.  His crewman, LAC W St G Dowsing was also killed.

5 Jul

LAC

DOWSING, WILLIAM ST GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in an Hart, K2432 of No 18 Sqn, which crashed at Northolt during a dive bombing demonstration, being flown by Sgt H T Light.

6 Jul

 Sgt

ROBINSON, GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying (in) Heyford, K3497 of No 99 Sqn when it tipped up whilst landing at Upper Heyford, having taken part in a searchlight exercise.

8 Jul

LAC

DENNIS, E

He was serving with No 14 Sqn and is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

8 Jul

AC2

JONES, FRANK

He was serving with No 6 Sqn and is buried in  Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery

19 Jul

LAC

MARSHALL, W

Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery

27 Jul

Flt Lt

PERRY-KEENE, THOMAS HENRY

He was seriously injured whilst flying Fairey IIIF, S1860 of RAF Hal Far Station Flt on 17 Jul 1934.  He made a heavy landing, causing the undercarriage to break, the aircraft veered off the runway, hit a flare and burst into flames.  He died of his injuries four days later.  His crew member, LAC L C Tite was only slightly injured.  He is buried in Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.

31 Jul

Flt Lt

STEVENSON, RICHARD WILLIAM

Died

9 Aug

Fg Off

MURPHY, GEORGE ROBERT

He was serving as the adjutant at RAF Kai Tak and is believed to have shot himself accidentally with his own revolver and is buried in Protestant Cemetery, Happy Valley. Hong Kong

15 Aug

 

CANNON, F W

Basra (Makina) RAF Cemetery

19 Aug

LAC

FLETCHER, D L

He was serving in Palestine and drowned whilst bathing at Jaffa, he is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

28 Aug

Plt Off

SIMONDS, PETER HILARY POMEROY

He was serving with No 207 Sqn at Bircham Newton but died from injuries sustained whilst flying as a passenger in Miles M2 Hawk, G-ACKI, which dived into the ground at Morston, North Norfolk.

29 Aug

Flt Lt

PLIKINGTON, CHRISTOPHER AFC, RAFO

He died in Herts and Beds Hospital.

3 Sep

Fg Off

BIGELOW, JOHN GRAHAM

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying Bulldog, K2866 of No 29 Sqn, which hit a transmission cable at Ashford in Kent while flying in formation as part of army manoeuvres.

22 Sep

Fg Off

BREMBRIDGE, CHARLES HENRY GODWIN RAFO

He was killed in Handley-Page W10, G-EBMM “Youth of New Zealand” of Sir Alan Cobham’s National Aviation Day Display which had been used in flight refueling experiment.  While flying over a field near Aston Clinton, a few miles from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the W10 suddenly went into a very steep climb and then went on its back. In that position some part broke away and on crashing the machine immediately caught fire. Rescue work was impossible and the bodies were burned beyond recognition.

29 Sep

Fg Off

SMITH, RONALD MAXWELL RAFO

He was killed whilst flying Airspeed Courier G-ACSY of London Scottish and Provincial Airways which crashed at Shoreham en-route to Paris from Heston.

1 Oct

Flt Lt

LITTLEJOHN, CYRIL MM

He was serving as a Stores Officer in the Directorate of Equipment when he died, cause unknown, in Charing Cross Hospital.

2 Oct

Fg Off

BANNISTER, WALTER ROBERT RAFO

He was killed whilst flying De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide, G-ACPM of Hillman Airways, which hit the sea 4 miles off Folkestone in bad visibility and disintegrated. Six passengers were also killed.

5 Oct

Fg Off

ELSNER, LEONARD NICHOLAS

He was flying Baffin, K4075 of No. 810 (Fleet Torpedo-Bomber) Sqn,  when he was involved in a flying accident in the Firth of Forth and is believed to have drowned.  His crew member Sgt Harry Brett Bexley was injured.

22 Oct

Fg Off

GILLMAN, HAROLD DARWIN

He was killed whilst flying in Fox I, G-ACXX (Race No 62) in the Melbourne Centenary Air Race when it crashed in Italy on the third day of the race.  The civilian owner of the aircraft was also killed.

26 Oct

APO

HALL, ERIC GODWIN

He was killed in a flying accident which occurred at Hawarden, Flintshire, whilst flying an unidentified Atlas of No. 5 FTS.

3 Nov

Fg Off

ROOK, PHILIP SPENCER (Special Reserve)

A member of No 504 (County of Nottingham) Sqn, he was killed whilst flying in DH60X Moth, G-EBXG, hired from the Nottingham Airports Ltd, which crashed at Chilwell on his way to drop confetti over a friend's wedding he had attended earlier.

3 Nov

Plt Off

GRANT-DALTON, ALAN CUYLER (Special Reserve)

A member of No 504 (County of Nottingham) Sqn, he was killed whilst flying in DH60X Moth, G-EBXG, hired from the Nottingham Airports Ltd, which crashed at Chilwell on his way to drop confetti over a friend's wedding he had attended earlier.

15 Nov

Flt Lt

PRENDERGAST, ARCHER ROBERT RAFO

He was killed whilst flying De Havilland DH86, VH-USG 'Adelaide' of Qantas, which crashed at Barsdale, 6 miles from llfracombe, Queensland, during a delivery flight.

18 Nov

Plt Off

EDELSTEN, ROLAND FRANKLIN ARTHUR

He was serving at RAF Cranwell and was killed in a midnight car crash near Ashby Lane End as he was returning to the camp from Lincoln.

18 Nov

Fg Off

BINLEY, ALLAN KEITH HILTON RAFO

He was employed as an instructor of the Bombay Flying Club, and died in hospital from injuries sustained in a crash at Juha Aerodrome.

20 Nov

LAC

BURNS, WILLIAM STEWART

He was killed in a flying accident at Abu Sueir, Egypt flying Atlas, K1010 of No. 4 FTS.  He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

21 Nov

Flt Lt

LAING, CHARLES McMENAMEN MC, AFC

He was serving as the Adjutant of No 58 Sqn and died in the King Edward VII's Hospital for Officers following an operation.

2 Dec

LAC

BONE, JAMES

Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery

4 Dec

AC1

WARBURTON, JOHN CALVIN

Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery

9 Dec

Fg Off

BARNABY, WALTER COLLINSON AuxAF

He was killed whilst flying Hart, K3887 of No 605 Sqn AuxAF when he collided with DH60G Moth,  G-ACOH during the approach to Castle Bromwich.

9 Dec

 

HARDIE, FREDERICK JAMES MACDONALD

He was killed whilst flying in Hart, K3887 of No 605 Sqn AuxAF when he collided with Moth G-ACOH during the approach to Castle Bromwich.

20 Dec

LAC

RACKHAM, MARTIN WALES

He was climbing aboard Hawker Osprey, K3630 of No 406 Flt, which being readied for catapulting from HMS Emerald, when he was struck by the propeller and seriously injured, dying later that day from his wounds.  He is buried in Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery.

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