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Casualties   January   December 1937


1 Jan

AC2

GWYON, W G

The circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.  He is buried in Maala Cemetery. 

1 Jan

LAC

BARRETT, FRANK WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying in Hart, K4952 of No 6 FTS when it stalled and crashed on the approach to Netheravon, his pilot, Sgt Norman Pickard was injured.

2 Jan

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Fury II, K8221 of No 9 FTS when he flew into high ground whilst descending through cloud.

2 Jan

Sgt

MACDONNELL, B J

The circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

8 Jan

Flt Lt

PAYNTER, FRANCIS ARTHUR

He was killed but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

10 Jan

Sqn Ldr

DELAMAIN, ERIC CHARLES MC

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

11 Jan

Plt Off

WATSON, ROBERT ARTHUR McLESTER

He was killed when the engine of Audax, K3718 of No 2 Sqn, which he was flying, failed on take off resulting in a wing hitting the ground and the aircraft overturning at Hawkinge.

11 Jan

Plt Off

WATSON, ROBERT ARTHUR McLESTER

He was killed whilst flying Overstrand, K4564 of No 101 Sqn when it flew into the ground at Swanbourne in Buckinghamshire in fog whilst on a ferry flight.  Two others on board were also killed.

11 Jan

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying in Overstrand, K4564 of No 101 Sqn when it flew into the ground at Swanbourne in Buckinghamshire in fog whilst on a ferry flight.  Two others on board were also killed.

11 Jan

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying in Overstrand, K4564 of No 101 Sqn when it flew into the ground at Swanbourne in Buckinghamshire in fog whilst on a ferry flight.  Two others on board were also killed.

20 Jan

AC1

HARVEY, STANLEY

He was killed whilst flying in Audax, K5232 of No 4 FTS when it broke up at 15,000 ft following recovery from a dive.  The pilot of the aircraft, LAC Harold Norman was unijured.

20 Jan

Sgt

BANNON, JAMES

He was killed flying Vincent, K4692 of No 47 Sqn when he hit some trees whilst taking off from Pibor Post in the Sudan.  His passenger, Capt Leslie Reid Warton, King's Dragoon Guards was seriously injured and died later the same day whilst his crewman, AC2 Thomas Luke Carpenter was uninjured.

21 Jan

Fg Off

STEWART, ERIC GEORGE DUNCAN MC, RAFO

He was killed in a civil aviation accident.

23 Jan

APO

BELL, JOSEPH NORMAN

He was killed whilst flying Hart, K6437 of No 9 FTS near Barnard Castle as he descended through cloud and flew into a hill.

26 Jan

LAC

READ, C G F

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

27 Jan

APO

BRACE, NORMAN HARWOOD

He was killed whilst flying Hart, K4932 of No 5 FTS when stalled and crashed on high ground at Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire, whilst on a navigation exercise.  He is buried in Hawarden (St Deiniol) Churchyard.

2 Feb

Plt Off

BLAIR, ROBERT DOUGLAS

He was killed whilst flying as second pilot in Singapore III, K3594 of No 205 Sqn when the aircraft was swung in order to avoid running aground during a night take off from the Jahore Straits and wing dug in.  The  rest of the crew were only slightly injured, these being, Sqn Ldr Albert Wentworth Bates (1st pilot), LAC William Trevor Davies, AC1 Joe Lee, AC1 Leonard Frank Wilkins, and AC1 Alexander Thomas Edward Daniells.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery.

5 Feb

Fg Off

VARDON, GERALD ARTHUR (Lt, RN)

He was killed in a mid air collision with Swordfish, K5938 whilst flying Swordfish, K5947, both belonging to No 825 Sqn, HMS Glorious.  They had been carrying out a practice mass torpedo attack when one aircraft flew across the nose of the other.   Vardon's aircraft dived vertically into the sea.  Also killed  was Tel. Bert Overal RN.

6 Feb

Plt Off

FORTE, MICHAEL PHILIP

He was killed whilst flying Hart, K3025 of No. 503 (County of Lincoln) Sqn AuxAF when he stalled on take off and spun into the ground at Waddington following an engine failure.  His gunner, LAC F W East was also killed.

6 Feb

LAC

EAST, F W

He was killed whilst flying Hart, K3025 of No. 503 (County of Lincoln) Sqn AuxAF when he stalled on take off and spun into the ground at Waddington following an engine failure.  His pilot, Plt Off M P Forte was also killed.

12 Feb

APO

SIMPSON, ARTHUR

He was killed whilst flying Hart, K4931 of No 5 FTS when he flew into a mountain side at Minera Mine, near Wrexham, Denbighshire during a snowstorm.

15 Feb

Fg Off

FARQUHAR, REGINALD ARTHUR RAFO

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

15 Feb

Fg Off

LAKE, GEORGE ERIC (Sub Lt, RN)

He was killed whilst flying Blackburn Shark, K5619 of No 821 Sqn, HMS Courageous.  He had been on a Navex over the Mediterranean when he reported a failing engine.  An extensive search of the area failed to find any trace of the aircraft or its crew, which included Lt. R. W. MacDonald RN and Tel W. H Currie RN.

22 Feb

 

UNKNOWN AIRMAN

Killed when Anson, K6158 of No 48 Sqn was hit by lightning in a snowstorm and flew into a hill at Ewell Minnis, Kent.

22 Feb

 

UNKNOWN AIRMAN

Killed when Anson, K6158 of No 48 Sqn was hit by lightning in a snowstorm and flew into a hill at Ewell Minnis, Kent.

22 Feb

 

UNKNOWN AIRMAN

Killed when Anson, K6158 of No 48 Sqn was hit by lightning in a snowstorm and flew into a hill at Ewell Minnis, Kent.

24 Feb

Flt Lt

STRANGEMAN, GEORGE EDWARD

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

11 Mar

Fg Off

LEES, KENNETH NORTHCOTE

He was killed whilst flying Wapiti, J9748 of No 5 Sqn at Tanai, near Wana, India, when he hit telegraph wires.  His crewman AC1 F Atkinson was slightly injured.

12 Mar

AC1

ROLLS, PERCY LIONEL

He was serving at the Royal Air Force Depot Aboukir at the time of his death but the circumstances have not yet confirmed. .  He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery

15 Mar

Flt Lt

WICKS, RICHARD WILLIAM (Lt, RN)

He was killed whilst returning from a ferry flight to Brough in Blackburn Shark, K4353 when he ran into a snowstorm and crashed near Saxelby in Leicestershire.

16 Mar

Flt Lt

HOLMES, GEORGE BARKER RAFO

He was killed but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

22 Mar

Fg Off

JELF, CHRISTOPHER BLOMFIELD (Lt RN)

He was killed flying Hawker Nimrod, K2913 of No. 800 (Fleet Fighter) Sqn, HMS Courageous.  The squadron was forming up to fly to Southampton, when he stalled on take off and spun into the sea near Bembridge, Isle of Wight.

23 Mar

AC1

WALKER, RONALD

He was killed whilst flying in Fairey Gordon, K2741 of No 14 Sqn when it collided with another Gordon, K2618 whilst in formation.   The pilot of K2471 Flt Lt Michael Arthur Aylmer, successfully abandoned the aircraft uninjured. The other aircraft was landed safely at Amman.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

4 Apr

AC1

TOFTS, GEORGE

He was serving at No 4 FTS at the time of his death but the circumstances have not yet confirmed. He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery

6 Apr

Plt Off

CRAWLEY, STEPHEN PATRICK

He was killed whilst flying in Saro Cloud, K2895 of the School of Naval Co operation when it swung on take off from Calshot and the wing hit the sea.  Plt Off D L Davies and AC2 D F King were also killed and Plt Off Ian Malcolm Brodie and LAC Ronald Harold Phillips were injured.

6 Apr

Plt Off

DAVIES, DAVID LEWIS

He was killed whilst flying Saro Cloud, K2895 of the School of Naval Co operation when it swung on take off from Calshot and the wing hit the sea.  Plt Off S P Crawley and AC2 D F King were also killed and Plt Off Ian Malcolm Brodie and LAC Ronald Harold Phillips were injured.

6 Apr

AC2

KING, DOUGLAS FREDERICK

He was killed whilst flying in Saro Cloud, K2895 of the School of Naval Co operation when it swung on take off from Calshot and the wing hit the sea.  Plt Off D L Davies and Plt Off S P Crawley were also killed and Plt Off Ian Malcolm Brodie and LAC Ronald Harold Phillips were injured.

7 Apr

Plt Off

PACKER, PHILIP STANLEY

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Hind, K6634 of No 83 Sqn when it flew into Queensberry Hill, near Dumfries in bad weather, whilst carrying out a navigation exercise.  His crewman, Cpl P F Parker was also killed.

7 Apr

Cpl

PARKER, PHILLIP FRANCIS

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in Hawker Hind, K6634 of No 83 Sqn, piloted by Plt Off P S Packer, when it flew into Queensberry Hill, near Dumfries in bad weather, whilst carrying out a navigation exercise.  The pilot was also killed.

13 Apr

Fg Off

TUNNARD, ANTHONY JOHN RAFO

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

13 Apr

Plt Off

PASCOE WEBB, JOHN BARRINGTON

He was killed whilst flying Wapiti, K1301 of No 27 Sqn when he suffered an engine failure on take off, swung off the runway and blew up at Miramshah.  His crewman, LAC R W Gibbs was also killed.

13 Apr

LAC

GIBBS, RAYMOND WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in Wapiti, K1301 of No 27 Sqn when he suffered an engine failure on take off, swung off the runway and blew up at Miramshah.  The pilot, Plt Off J B Pascoe Webb was also killed.

14 Apr

Sgt

WARDLE, JOHN ALFRED

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of No 66 Sqn, when he was involved in an accident at Brent Pelham, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire.  He is buried in Stratford sub Castle (St Lawrence) Churchyard.

14 Apr

Flt Lt

FENTON, DONALD McDONALD

He died whilst serving in Iraq and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid R.A.F. Cemetery.

15 Apr

Fg Off

EVERED, FITZ EVERARD JOHN RAFO

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

18 Apr

AC

GOUGH, WILLIAM S

He was serving with No No 4 FTS at the time of his death but the circumstances have not yet confirmed.  He is buried in  Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery

19 Apr

AC1

SMURTHWAITE, GEORGE PETER

He was killed whilst flying as the crew member of Wellington prototype, K4049 on a test flight from the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Martlesham Heath, when the elevators broke off and the aircraft crashed at Brightwell in Suffolk.   The aircraft was being flown by Flt Lt Maurice Hare, who suffered slight injuries.

23 Apr

Sgt

MOULDS,

He is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery

23 Apr

Cpl

JACKSON, WALTER KIRBY

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of No 6 FTS at Portmadoc, whilst his passenger, LAC Leonard Hopkirk, escaped with only slight injuries.

28 Apr

A/Cdre

GUEST, Rt Hon FREDERICK EDWARD CBE, DSO, MP, AuxAF

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

29 Apr

Fg Off

McCARTHY, JOHN JOSEPH

He was killed whilst flying Harrow K6945, which collided with  K6950, both of No 214 Sqn during a formation turn, both aircraft crashing near Methwold, Norfolk.

29 Apr

Plt Off

WARNER, WILFRED LAWRENCE

He was killed whilst flying Harrow K6950, which collided with  K6945, both of No 214 Sqn during a formation turn, both aircraft crashing near Methwold, Norfolk.

29 Apr

Sgt

MACDONALD, JAMES MURRAY

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member in Harrow K6950, which collided with  K6945, both of No 214 Sqn during a formation turn, both aircraft crashing near Methwold, Norfolk.

29 Apr

AC1

SIMPSON, JOHN GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member in Harrow K6945, which collided with  K6950, both of No 214 Sqn during a formation turn, both aircraft crashing near Methwold, Norfolk.

29 Apr

AC1

GARSIDE, THOMAS

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member in Harrow K6945, which collided with  K6950, both of No 214 Sqn during a formation turn, both aircraft crashing near Methwold, Norfolk.

30 Apr

Sgt

CROFT, HARRY FREDERICK

He was killed in a mid air collision whilst flying Hawker Nimrod, K4625 of No 800 Sqn, RAF Gosport.  He collided with two other Nimrods, S1615 and S1631 whilst they were carrying out a formation roll.  The pilots of the other two aircraft, Lt James Winter Carmichael More and Sgt Hugh Philip Hopkins, survived.

 9 May

Sqn Ldr

BEILBY, ARTHUR EDWARD

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

11 May   UNKNOWN He was killed whilst flying the gunner in Shark II, K5608 of No 821 Sqn, when he was thrown out of the aircraft following a collision with K5609.

14 May

Plt Off

RICHARDSON, THOMAS TEMPLER AuxAF

He was killed whilst flying (in) Hawker Demon, K5690 of No 607 Sqn AuxAF when the aircraft crashed whilst attempting to land on the beach near Seaham having become lost in mist.

17 May

Plt Off

BRUCE, WILLIAM GEORGE RAFO

He was killed but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

19 May

APO

THOMSON, ORMOND GRAHAM

He was severely injured in an accident as a result of stalling during a landing at Ternhill whilst flying Hart, K6492 of No 10 FTS on 13 May 1937 and died six days later.  The other occupant, Sgt. C. F. C. Ridout, was uninjured.  He is buried in Market Drayton Cemetery.

22 May

APO

BEETON, CHARLES WILLERTON

He drowned but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

22 May

APO

HERFORD, GEORGE ROBERT MEAKIN RAFO

He is reported missing believed drowned but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

24 May

Sgt

TANFIELD, J J

He is buried in Tangmere (St Andrew) Churchyard

25 May

Plt Off

CAMPLING, ARTHUR THOMAS BLOMVILLE

He was killed but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

25 May

Sgt

BOXALL, FREDERICK WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of No 65 Sqn at Maylands, near Brentwood.

28 May

AC1

HALL, L

Two Audax aircraft of No 4 Sqn, K2031 and K1997 collided near Wanborough, both pilots being able to abandon the aircraft by parachute.  AC1 Hall was the gunner in one of these aircraft and he was unable to leave it, being killed in the ensuing crash.  His pilot was Plt Off G V Smither, who was uninjured.

28 May

AC1

HICKS, F T

Two Audax aircraft of No 4 Sqn, K2031 and K1997 collided near Wanborough, both pilots being able to abandon the aircraft by parachute.  AC1 Hicks was the gunner in one of these aircraft and he was unable to leave it, being killed in the ensuing crash.  His pilot was Fg Off R N Smith, who was slightly injured.

28 May

AC1

HUTCHINSON, J

He was killed whilst flying as the gunner in Hawker Demon, K4512 of No 64 Sqn, piloted by Fg Off P C Vickery, who was also killed when the pilot failed to recover from a deliberate spin at Martlesham Heath

28 May

Fg Off

VICKERY, PETER CHARLES

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Demon, K4512 of No 64 Sqn, when he failed to recover from a deliberate spin at Martlesham Heath.  His gunner, AC1 J Hutchinson was also killed.

29 May

Plt Off

ELMS, ROBERT MORGAN

He was killed flying Audax, K3698 of No 16 Sqn, when he stalled during a formation break and dived into the ground at Old Sarum during the station's Empire Air Day display.  He is buried in Stratford sub Castle (St Lawrence) Churchyard.

29 May

AC2

HUDSON, ALMERICK HUGH

He was killed whilst flying as the gunner in Audax, K3066 of the Station Flt, RAF Farnborough, piloted by Plt Off A J Robinson during an aerobatic display at the station's Empire Air Day, when they spun into the ground, the pilot was also killed

29 May

Sqn Ldr

POWER, HENRY EUSTACE

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Fury II, K8228 of No 2 FTS during the Empire Air Day display at RAF Waddington when he dived into the ground whilst carrying out a slow roll.

29 May

Plt Off

ROBINSON, ARTHUR JAMES

He was the pilot of Audax, K3066 of the Station Flt, RAF Farnborough and was carrying out an aerobatic display at the station's Empire Air Day, when he spun into the ground.  His gunner, AC2 A H Hudson was also killed.

29 May

Sgt

TANFIELD, JOHN GEOFFREY

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Fury I, K2076 of No 1 Sqn when he stalled the aircraft and spun into the ground at Tangmere.

 3 Jun

Fg Off

KING, WILLIAM THOMAS

He died in the British Military Hospital in Karachi whilst serving with No 30 Sqn.

 4 Jun

Sgt

WILKINSON, FRANK

He was killed whilst flying Vildebeest, K4607 of No 22 Sqn when it flew into high ground at Crinkle Crags near Penrith whilst flying in cloud during a ferry flight from Filton to Donibristle.  His crewman, LAC A Mitchell was also killed

4 Jun

LAC

MITCHELL, ALEXANDER

He was killed whilst flying as the crew of Vildebeest, K4607 of No 22 Sqn, pilot by Sgt F Wilkinson, when it flew into high ground at Crinkle Crags near Penrith whilst flying in cloud during a ferry flight from Filton to Donibristle.

5 Jun

AC

LEIGHTON, G H

He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

5 Jun

Sgt

MITCHELL, JOSEPH

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Hind, K6614 of No 98 Sqn when he flew into high ground at Threshthwaite Crag, near Ulverston in bad weather.  His crewman, LAC G Murray was also killed.

5 Jun

LAC

MURRAY, GERALD

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in Hawker Hind, K6614 of No 98 Sqn, piloted by Sgt J Mitchell, when they flew into high ground at Threshthwaite Crag, near Ulverston in bad weather.  The pilot was also killed.

5 Jun

Plt Off

BURKE, PATRICK HERBERT EDWARD

He was killed whilst flying Hind K6613 of No 98 Sqn which flew into high ground at Port William, Wigtownshire in bad weather on a flight from Hucknall to West Freugh.

5 Jun

Cpl

METCALFE, STANLEY

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in Hind K6613 of No 98 Sqn which flew into high ground at Port William, Wigtownshire in bad weather on a flight from Hucknall to West Freugh.

5 Jun

Sgt

ROE, JOHN E RAFVR

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of ? at Haines Hill.

13 Jun

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Hind, K5528 of No 83 Sqn when it stalled on the approach to a forced landing at Spindlestone Craggs, near Bamburgh whilst on route from Turnhouse to Acklington.  The crewman was also killed.

13 Jun

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in Hawker Hind, K5528 of No 83 Sqn when it stalled on the approach to a forced landing at Spindlestone Craggs, near Bamburgh whilst on route from Turnhouse to Acklington.  The pilot was also killed.

12 Jun

Fg Off

McMATH, ALFRED ARCHIBALD

He was killed but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

16 Jun

Wg Cdr

LESLIE, Sir NORMAN FREERICK ALEXANDER DAVID Bt, CMG

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

17 Jun

Plt Off

THOMPSON, JAMES GRAHAME

He was killed whilst carrying out a dummy torpedo attack in Blackburn Shark, K8511 of the School of Naval Co operation.  He dived to steeply and the aircraft broke up as he pulled out and dived into the sea near Langstone Harbour.

17 Jun

APO

RICE, ROBERT HENRY

He was killed whilst flying in Fairey Gordon, K2736 of No 4 FTS when he was thrown out of the aircraft when it hit a bump (on landing?).

17 Jun

Plt Off

THOMPSON, JAMES GRAHAME

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of  the School of Naval Co operation off Eastney, Portsmouth.

18 Jun

AC

RICE, R H

He is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery

18 Jun

Sgt

HINSON, WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying Anson I, K8763 of No 48 Sqn, which stalled and dived into the ground on a night flying practice at Leeds Village, near Maidstone.

20 Jun

Flt Sgt

HOLMES, T

He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery

23 Jun

Plt Off

DAVIES, PETER JOHN GORDON

He was killed whilst flying Moth, K1895 of No 8 Sqn when it crashed near Khormaksar, Aden after the rudder bar had become disconnected.

30 Jun

AC1

COOMBER, SYDNEY HERBERT WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying in Blenheim I, K7053 of No 90 Sqn, piloted by Sgt E Moorhouse when it dived into high cloud as it emerged from cloud during a navigation exercise.   The accident occurred at Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire and both the pilot and other crew member, AC2 A G Martin were also killed.  He is buried in Market Drayton Cemetery.

30 Jun

AC2

MARTIN, ALFRED GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying in Blenheim I, K7053 of No 90 Sqn, piloted by Sgt E Moorhouse when it dived into high cloud as it emerged from cloud during a navigation exercise.   The accident occurred at Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire and both the pilot and other crew member, AC1 S H W Coomber were also killed.  He is buried in Market Drayton Cemetery.

30 Jun

Sgt

MOORHOUSE, EDWARD

He was killed whilst flying Blenheim I, K7053 of No 90 Sqn, which dived into high cloud as it emerged from cloud during a navigation exercise.   The accident occurred at Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire and his two crew members, AC1 S H W Coomber and AC2 A G Martin were also killed.  He is buried in Market Drayton Cemetery.

3 Jun

Fg Off

KING, WILLIAM THOMAS

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

 3 Jul

Fg Off

BARRINGTON, MICHAEL O'BRIEN SHUTE RAFO

He was killed but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

15 Jul

Flt Lt

KEEY, MONTAGUE WILLIAM

He died in the Granada Nursing Home in Fulham but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

17 Jul

Plt Off

EDWARDS, PETER

He was killed whilst flying Blenheim I, K7409 of No 90 Sqn dived into the ground and exploded after the wing hit trees during a low level turn near Salisbury during a navigation training flight.

17 Jul

Cpl

ROBSON, THOMAS HENRY

He was killed whilst flying in Blenheim I, K7409 of No 90 Sqn dived into the ground and exploded after the wing hit trees during a low level turn near Salisbury during a navigation training flight.

18 Jul

Sgt

MOULD, RAYMOND ARTHUR

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of the RAFVR School, Redhill at Betchworth, Surrey.

19 Jul

Sgt

HAINS, L C

He is buried in Habbaniya War Cemetery

22 Jul

Flt Lt

SIMONDS, ERIC ROLFE

He was drowned as the result of a flying accident off Felixstowe whilst flying Magister, L5912 of the A & AEE, his body being washed ashore on 1 Aug 1937.

22 Jul

Sgt

BAKER, NEWTON WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying Heyford, K6875 of No 166 Sqn when it flew into Broadlee Bank Tor near Edale whilst on a night navigation exercise.  The other five members of the crew were also killed and these were:   Sgt J W Barker, Sgt C P D McMillan (2nd pilot), AC1 E J McDonald, AC1 W H Gray and AC2 E J Musker.

22 Jul

Sgt

McMILLAN, CHARLES PATRICK DUGALD

He was killed whilst flying as 2nd pilot in Heyford, K6875 of No 166 Sqn when it flew into Broadlee Bank Tor near Edale whilst on a night navigation exercise.  The other five members of the crew were also killed and these were:   Sgt N W Baker (pilot), Sgt J W Barker, AC1 E J McDonald, AC1 W H Gray and AC2 E J Musker.

22 Jul

AC1

McDONALD, ERIC JAMES

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member of Heyford, K6875 of No 166 Sqn when it flew into Broadlee Bank Tor near Edale whilst on a night navigation exercise.  The other five members of the crew were also killed and these were:   Sgt N W Baker (pilot), Sgt J W Barker, Sgt C P D McMillan (2nd pilot), AC1 E J McDonald, AC1 W H Gray and AC2 E J Musker.

22 Jul

AC1

GRAY, WILLIAM HENRY

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member of Heyford, K6875 of No 166 Sqn when it flew into Broadlee Bank Tor near Edale whilst on a night navigation exercise.  The other five members of the crew were also killed and these were:   Sgt N W Baker (pilot), Sgt J W Barker, Sgt C P D McMillan (2nd pilot), AC1 E J McDonald and AC2 E J Musker.

22 Jul

AC2

MUSKER, ERNEST JOHN

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member of Heyford, K6875 of No 166 Sqn when it flew into Broadlee Bank Tor near Edale whilst on a night navigation exercise.  The other five members of the crew were also killed and these were:   Sgt N W Baker (pilot), Sgt J W Barker, Sgt C P D McMillan (2nd pilot), AC1 E J McDonald and AC1 W H Gray.

22 Jul

Sgt

BARKER, JAMES WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member of Heyford, K6875 of No 166 Sqn when it flew into Broadlee Bank Tor near Edale whilst on a night navigation exercise.  The other five members of the crew were also killed and these were:   Sgt N W Baker (pilot), Sgt C P D McMillan (2nd pilot), AC1 E J McDonald, AC1 W H Gray and AC2 E J Musker.

23 Jul

Plt Off

CROMPTON, PHILIP HUGHES

He was killed whilst on a ferry flight from Sealand to Church Fenton in Gloster Gladiator, K6133 of No 72 Sqn when he flew into the ground whilst emerging from cloud at Hermit House Farm, Gawber, near Barnsley in Yorkshire.

30 Jul

Pup Plt

POYNER, EDWARD OWEN THOMAS JAMES

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of the Blackburn Flying School in a flying accident at Brough.

  1 Aug

LAC

FOWLER, T H

He is buried in Maala Cemetery.   His death occurred sometime between 1st   31st August 1937.

1 Aug

Cpl

STONE, A A F

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

2 Aug

APO

FRERRIS, ALBERT EDWARD RALPH

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Fury I, K5666 of No 11 FTS when he flew into the ground following recovery from a diving attack on Holbeach ranges.

4 Aug

APO

BAILY, PHILIP HERBERT

He was killed  whilst flying an aircraft of No 6 FTS at Sutton Bridge.  His passenger, APO D L P Bagot Gray was also killed.  He is buried in Netheravon (All Saints) Churchyard.

4 Aug

APO

BAGOT GRAY, DOUGLAS LESLIE PARNELL

He was killed  whilst flying as the passenger of an aircraft of No 6 FTS at Sutton Bridgepiloted by APO P H Baily.

9 Aug

Sgt

SCAIFE, HARRY

He was killed whilst flying Hind K6662 of No 142 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Andover on breaking formation for landing

9 Aug

AC1

WITHEY, ERNEST ALBERT

He was killed whilst flying in Hind K6662 of No 142 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Andover on breaking formation for landing.

10 Aug

AC1

KEMM, FRANK

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

10 Aug

Sgt

POSTLETHWAITE, WILLIAM JEREMIAH

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Hind, K5452 of No 18 Sqn when he stalled whilst carrying out a practice forced landing at Cottisford landing ground.

10 Aug

AC1

BARBER, ROBERT ERNEST

He was killed whilst flying as rge crewman of Hawker Hind, K5452 of No 18 Sqn, piloted by Sgt W J Postlethwaite, when it stalled whilst carrying out a practice forced landing at Cottisford landing ground.

11 Aug

AC2

WATSON, A

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

17 Aug

LAC

CLARKE, ERNEST GEORGE

He was killed flying in Blackburn Shark, K8498 of No 810 Sqn being flown by Fg Off J A Goldsmith and attached to the Armament Training Camp at North Coates Fittes.  During bombing practice at Donna Nook the starboard wing folded back as the aircraft pulled out of a dive from 5,000 ft at 1,000 ft and it dived into the ground.

17 Aug

Fg Off

GOLDSMITH, JOHN ALAN (Lt RN)

He was killed whilst flying Blackburn Shark, K8498 of No 810 Sqn, attached to the Armament Training Camp at North Coates Fittes.  During bombing practice at Donna Nook the starboard wing folded back as the aircraft pulled out of a dive from 5,000 ft at 1,000 ft and it dived into the ground.

18 Aug

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Hind, K6613 of No 98 Sqn when he flew into high ground at Port William, Wigtownshire in bad weather during a navigation exercise.  His crewman was also killed.

18 Aug

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman of Hawker Hind, K6613 of No 98 Sqn when he flew into high ground at Port William, Wigtownshire in bad weather during a navigation exercise.  The pilot was also killed.

25 Aug

Sgt

JENKINS, HENRY GARNETT RAFVR

He was killed whilst flying Hart Trainer, K6532 of No 3 Elementary and Reserve FTS when he collided with Swordfish, L2740, being flown by Fg Off A J Whillier with AC1 W A Murray as a passenger.  Both machines broke up in the air and fell near Botley, Hampshire.

25 Aug

Fg Off

WHILLIER, ALFRED JOHN

He was ferrying Swordfish, L2740 with AC1 W A Murray when he collided with Hart Trainer, K6532 of No 3 Elementary and Reserve FTS.  Both machines broke up in the air and fell near Botley, Hampshire.

25 Aug

AC1

MURRAY, WILLIAM ARTHUR

He was flying in Swordfish, L2740, piloted by Fg Off A J Whillier on a ferry flight, when they collided with Hart Trainer, K6532 of No 3 Elementary and Reserve FTS.  Both machines broke up in the air and fell near Botley, Hampshire.

30 Aug

Fg Off

WALKER, THOMAS NORMAN KENNETH

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of No 66 Sqn when he collided with another aircraft of the same unit piloted by Plt Off Patrick Browne, who uninjured.

2 Sep

Plt Off

CHEETHAM, WILLIAM HERBERT

He was killed whilst flying a Vildebeest (K4588 or K4606) of no 22 Sqn, which collided with the other aircraft whilst on the bombing range at Skipsea.  K4588 lost a wing in the collision and both aircraft dived into the sea.  An extensive search failed to find the bodies of the three missing airmen (Plt Off. W H Cheetham, Sgt J Medd and Cpl C G Gurd)  The Times reported that a fourth airman, AC1 Leslie Broadbent Wilson was uninjured, yet the aircraft record cards state that two crew in each aircraft were killed.

2 Sep

Sgt

MEDD, JOHN

He was killed whilst flying a Vildebeest (K4588 or K4606) of no 22 Sqn, which collided with the other aircraft whilst on the bombing range at Skipsea.  K4588 lost a wing in the collision and both aircraft dived into the sea.  An extensive search failed to find the bodies of the three missing airmen (Plt Off. W H Cheetham, Sgt J Medd and Cpl C G Gurd)  The Times reported that a fourth airman, AC1 Leslie Broadbent Wilson was uninjured, yet the aircraft record cards state that two crew in each aircraft were killed.

2 Sep

Cpl

GURD, CECIL GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying as a crew member in a Vildebeest (K4588 or K4606) of no 22 Sqn, which collided with the other aircraft whilst on the bombing range at Skipsea.  K4588 lost a wing in the collision and both aircraft dived into the sea.  An extensive search failed to find the bodies of the three missing airmen (Plt Off. W H Cheetham, Sgt J Medd and Cpl C G Gurd)  The Times reported that a fourth airman, AC1 Leslie Broadbent Wilson was uninjured, yet the aircraft record cards state that two crew in each aircraft were killed.

3 Sep

Fg Off

KNOCKER, CHARLES ANTHONY (Sub Lt RN)

He was killed in a flying accident off the Isle of Wight whilst flying Hawker Osprey, K3622 of R.A.F. Gosport.  He was attempting to land on HMS Furious but drifted, made a heavy landing and bounced, on opening up he stalled, hit various parts of the ship and went over the side inverted and sank.  His body was not recovered.

9 Sep

APO

MARSH SMITH, DANFORD LAYCOCK

He was killed whilst flying Audax, K7497 of No 10 FTS when he attempted to make a forced landing following an engine failure at Hodnet, Shropshire.  His aircraft overturned after he hit a railway cutting.  He is buried in Market Drayton Cemetery.

10 Sep

APO

FRASER, GEORGE LOFTY

Killed whilst flying Audax, K3715 of No 4 FTS, when he stalled during circuits, spun in but hit the ground during recovery at Abu Sueir.  He is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

10 Sep

Wg Cdr

HILTON, EDWARD GOODWIN DFC

He was killed but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed.

11 Sep

AC2

DOUGLASS, THOMAS

Killed whilst flying in Anson, K8778 of No 233 Sqn, flown by Plt Off L W Lowden, when it flew into a hill near Guisborough in poor visibility.

11 Sep

Plt Off

LOWDEN, LEONARD WILLIAM

Killed whilst flying Anson, K8778 of No 233 Sqn when it flew into a hill near Guisborough in poor visibility.

11 Sep

APO

McDONALD, HUGH GORDON

Killed whilst flying in Anson, K8778 of No 233 Sqn, flown by Plt Off L W Lowden, when it flew into a hill near Guisborough in poor visibility.

11 Sep

APO

MUNRO, DAVID SORLEY

Killed whilst flying in Anson, K8778 of No 233 Sqn, flown by Plt Off L W Lowden, when it flew into a hill near Guisborough in poor visibility.

14 Sep

Cpl

HODGE A P

He was killed when Swordfish, K5974 of the Torpedo Training Unit at Gosport hit him whilst landing.

17 Sep

Sgt

RIMER, WILLIAM HENRY VICTOR

He was killed whilst flying Anson I, K6227 of No 220 Sqn along with his crew, AC1 M Kirwan and AC2 K M Butcher when they went missing over Conway Bay, North Wales.

17 Sep

AC1

KIRWAN, MICHAEL

He was killed whilst flying as a crewman in Anson I, K6227 of No 220 Sqn, piloted by Sgt W H V Rimer, who was also killed as was the third crewman, AC2 K M Butcher when they went missing over Conway Bay, North Wales.

17 Sep

AC2

BUTCHER, KENNETH MARK

He was killed whilst flying as a crewman in Anson I, K6227 of No 220 Sqn, piloted by Sgt W H V Rimer, who was also killed as was the third crewman, AC1 M Kirwan when they went missing over Conway Bay, North Wales..

20 Sep

AC1

MURFIN, JOHN BERESFORD

He was flying in Hawker Osprey, K5756 of No 800 Sqn, HMS Courageous piloted by Fg Off D W Balden when the dinghy came out in flight and fouled the controls.  The aircraft dived into the Moray Firth, with the pilot being rescued but Murfin was killed.

21 Sep

LAC

GIBB, REGINALD DENYS MAXWELL

He was killed in a flying accident at Sunbury, Middlesex, whilst flying Blackburn B2 G-AEBF of Flying Training Ltd., Hanworth.

23 Sep

Plt Off

CRAIG MOONEY, MALCOLM PATRICK ALEXANDER

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Hind, K5494 of No 57 Sqn when he got lost on a navigation exercise, ran out of fuel and hit a tree during his attempted forced landing.  His crewman AC2 Peter McGeehan, was uninjured.

25 Sep

LAC

POINTON, ALVIN

He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

29 Sep

LAC

JEFFREY, EDWIN PEPALL

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of No 5 FTS at Sealand, Chester.

30 Sep

AC1

PULL, ROBERT

He was killed whilst flying as the gunner in Hawker Demon, K3803 of No 29 Sqn, piloted by Plt Off Leon Maxwell Muller, when it collided with another Demon, K3769 of the same unit whilst in the circuit at North Weald.  Both occupants of K3769 were killed, whilst his pilot was uninjured.

30 Sep

AC2

SOUTH, BRINLEY THOMAS

He was killed whilst flying as the gunner in Hawker Demon, K3769 of No 29 Sqn, piloted by Sgt A C R Wood, when it collided with another Demon, K3803 of the same unit whilst in the circuit at North Weald.  His pilot was also killed as was the gunner in the other aircraft, AC1 R Pull, whilst the pilot of K3803 was uninjured.

30 Sep

Sgt

WOOD, ARTHUR CLIFTON REGINALD

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Demon, K3769 of No 29 Sqn when it collided with another Demon, K3803 of the same unit whilst in the circuit at North Weald.  His gunner, AC2 B T South was also killed as was the gunner in the other aircraft, AC1 R Pull, whilst the pilot of K3803 was uninjured.

30 Sep

Flt Lt

ROSS, PETER STUART HASTINGS

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

 1 Oct

Wg Cdr

ACLAND, WILFRED REGINALD DYKE DFC, AFC

He was killed when the flying boat 'Coutier', on which he was returning to the UK, crashed whilst landing at Athens.

1 Oct

Sgt

WILLIAMS, JOHN HUBERT

He was killed whilst flying Blenheim I, K7066 of No 139 Sqn when it crashed on the approach to Wyton following an engine failure.

5 Oct

Flt Lt

WEEKS, REGINALD VICTOR AuxAF

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

8 Oct

Flt Lt

HOUGHTON, ARCHIBALD HAROLD

He was killed whilst flying Fairey Gordon, K2739 of No 14 Sqn when it stalled on the approach to the landing ground at Mudawara.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

8 Oct

Flt Lt

ADAMS, HAROLD GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying in Fairey Gordon, K2739 of No 14 Sqn when it stalled on the approach to the landing ground at Mudawara.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

8 Oct

Fg Off

GOUGH, EDWARD

He was killed whilst flying in Fairey Gordon, K2739 of No 14 Sqn when it stalled on the approach to the landing ground at Mudawara.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

11 Oct

Fg Off

HARLEY, WILLIAM RONALD (Lt RN)

He was killed as a result of a forced landing at sea in the Moray Firth whilst flying Hawker Osprey, K4333 of No. 801 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron, H.M.S. Furious. One source lists him as the sole occupant whilst another states that an unidentified passenger was also killed.

12 Oct

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed flying Audax, K5253 of No 6 FTS when he stalled on approach to Sutton Bridge in poor visibility and hit the ground.

12 Oct

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed flying as the gunner in Audax, K5253 of No 6 FTS when it stalled on approach to Sutton Bridge in poor visibility and hit the ground.

12 Oct

Plt Off

WELLS, JAMES LAURENCE

He was killed whilst flying Hind, K6830 of No 82 Sqn at flew into trees and burst into flames whilst landing at Cranfield.

14 Oct

APO

PEACOCK, RICHARD VIVIAN

He was killed whilst flying as the gunner in Audax, K5202 of No 8 FTS during rear gun firing practice when the aircraft's wing hit the sea in Lunan Bay, Montrose, the pilot, APO John Goodhart Mason, was slightly injured.

16 Oct

Flt Lt

BLAKE, ALFRED MONTAGUE AFC, RAFO

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

20 Oct

LAC

JACKSON, H

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

20 Oct

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying (in) Wapiti, K1302 of No 5 Sqn when the aircraft crashed near Dosalli following an engine failure whilst on a reconnaissance flight.

20 Oct

 Sgt

MOON, ERIC

He was killed whilst flying (in) Wellesley, K7738 of No 35 Sqn flew into the ground at New Leak, near Spilsby in Lincolnshire in poor visibility.

20 Oct

 Sgt

HEDLEY, VERNON

He was killed whilst flying (in) Wellesley, K7738 of No 35 Sqn flew into the ground at New Leak, near Spilsby in Lincolnshire in poor visibility.

20 Oct

 AC1

NUNN, GEORGE JOHN MICHAEL

He was killed whilst flying (in) Wellesley, K7738 of No 35 Sqn flew into the ground at New Leak, near Spilsby in Lincolnshire in poor visibility.

21 Oct

LAC

JOISCE, EDWARD WALTER

He was killed whilst flying in Wapiti K1302 of 5 Sqn, which crashed at Dosaili.

22 Oct

Cpl

TALLOWIN, A J K

He is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery

25 Oct

Sgt

BUSHNELL, JACK NORMAN

He was killed whilst flying as the crewman in Wapiti, K1259 of No 27 Sqn when he stalled and spun into the ground at Lachi after colliding with a drogue. The pilot, Sgt J N Bushnell was also killed.

25 Oct

LAC

CARR, GEORGE OSWALD

He was killed whilst flying Wapiti, K1259 of No 27 Sqn when he stalled and spun into the ground at Lachi after colliding with a drogue. His crewman, LAC G O Carr was also killed.

30 Oct

Wg Cdr

RICKARDS, AUBREY ROBERT MAXWELL OBE, AFC

He was killed whilst flying (in) Vincent, K6346 of No 84 Sqn when it stalled and dived into the ground at Khor Gharim, Iraq.  Also killed in the accident were Plt Off R H McClatchey and AC1 L G O'Leary.

30 Oct

Plt Off

McCLATCHEY, ROBERT HENRY

He was killed whilst flying (in) Vincent, K6346 of No 84 Sqn when it stalled and dived into the ground at Khor Gharim, Iraq.  Also killed in the accident were Wg Cdr A R M Rickards, OBE, AFC and AC1 L G O'Leary.

30 Oct

AC1

O'LEARY, LESLIE GEORGE

He was killed whilst flying (in) Vincent, K6346 of No 84 Sqn when it stalled and dived into the ground at Khor Gharim, Iraq.  Also killed in the accident were Wg Cdr A R M Rickards OBE, AFC and Plt Off R H McClatchey.

 5 Nov

AC1

DALE, JAMES

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying in Hawker Demon, K3983 of No 25 Sqn when it collided with another Demon, K4538 of the same squadron, whilst in formation near Dover.  The pilot, Plt Off John Geoffrey Cave successfully abandoned the aircraft and the other aircraft landed safely.

8 Nov

 

UNKNOWN

He was killed whilst flying (in) Vildebeest, K4165 of No 36 Sqn when it ditched in the Singapore Strait at night following an engine failure.

14 Nov

LAC

MARTIN, DONAL

He was killed whilst flying as a crewman in Hind, K6783 of No 502 Sqn AuxAF, piloted by Flt Lt Brian G. Corry, who was dangerously injured, which crashed on landing at Aldergrove after clipping a newly erected radio mast.

14 Nov

WO

CLAY, FRANK

He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

20 Nov

Flt Lt

TAYLOR, LANCELOT FRANCIS JAMESON

He was killed whilst flying Fleet Fawn II, 237 of the RCAF, when his wing caught the water on landing and crashed into the Bay at Trenton.  He was on exchange with the RCAF.

21 Nov

Wg Cdr

STEVENSON, ROBERT LITTLE MBE

He died but the circumstances of his death not yet confirmed. 

22 Nov

AC1

SMITH, ROBERT EDWIN

He was severely injured in a flying accident whilst flying as a crewman in an aircraft of No 64 Sqn, piloted by Sgt Hackney Herbert Bramwell, dying later that day from his injuries.  The pilot was only slightly injured.

23 Nov

Plt Off

KEEN, KEITH VICTOR

He was killed whilst flying one of two aircraft which collided with each other near Coulsdon in Surrey.  The other pilot, Plt Off M P Richards was also killed.

23 Nov

Plt Off

RICHARDS, MONTAGUE PERCIVAL

He was killed whilst flying one of two aircraft which collided with each other near Coulsdon in Surrey.  The other pilot, Plt Off K V Keen was also killed.

24 Nov

Plt Off

BEAVIS, LEONARD MELVILLE

He was killed whilst flying an aircraft of No 66 Sqn when he collided with another aircraft of the same squadron, piloted by Sgt Arthur Dumbell Smith, who was only slightly injured.

26 Nov

Plt Off

HUNT, ERIC ARTHUR

He was killed whilst flying Hind, K6632 of No 218 Sqn which crashed into the sea near Workington in Cumberland, on emerging from cloud during a navigation exercise.

26 Nov

AC1

THOMAS, JOSEPH

He was killed whilst flying in Hind, K6632 of No 218 Sqn which crashed into the sea near Workington in Cumberland, on emerging from cloud during a navigation exercise.

29 Nov

APO

WRIGHT, ALBERT GEORGE MICHAEL

He was killed whilst flying Audax, K7392 of No 2 FTS near Pwllheli, North Wales, in which his passenger AC1 John Goodinson was injured.

30 Nov

Flt Lt

BOOTH, PATRICK ARTHUR (Lt RN)

He was practicing circuits between Hal Far and Kalafrana in Malta in Walrus, K8345 of No 711 Flt, HMS London, when he struck power cables, which caused the starboard wing to collapse and the aircraft dived into the sea.  Both he and his passenger, LAC N S Burns, a squadron clerk, were killed.

30 Nov

LAC

BURNS, NORMAN STEWART

He was a clerk on No 711 Flt, HMS London and was flying as a passenger in Walrus, K8345 of the same unit being piloted by Flt Lt P A Booth when it hit power cables and dived into the sea.  He and the pilot were both killed.

6 Dec

APO

ANGUS, GORDON DUTTON

He was killed in a flying accident whilst flying Audax, K5159 of No 5 FTS when he collided with a church steeple in fog and crashed into a street in Everton, Liverpool.  He is buried in Hawarden (St Deiniol) Churchyard.

7 Dec

Fg Off

RICHMOND, FREDERICK WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying Vincent, K4691 of No 47 Sqn, when he stalled in turbulent conditions and crashed at Pap in the Sudan.  His passenger, the Right Reverend H. Guy Bullen, MC, MA, Assistant Bishop of Egypt and Sudan, was also killed.  He is buried in Khartoum War Cemetery.

11 Dec

Sgt

BUTLER, ARTHUR WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying Battle, K7594 of No 226 Sqn at Chesil Bank in Dorset, when he spun in during a turn, his gunner, AC2 W E Vincent was also killed.

11 Dec

AC2

VINCENT, WILLIAM ERNEST

He was killed whilst flying in Battle, K7594 of No 226 Sqn, piloted by Sgt A W Butler, who was also killed, at Chesil Bank in Dorset, when the aircraft spun in during a turn.

12 Dec

Plt Off

JONES, GEORGE WILLIAM

He was serving with No 1 Armoured Car Company and was killed by 'natives' on the track to Lake Habbaniya and is buried in Habbaniya War Cemetery.

13 Dec

Sgt ROSS, D R F He was killed whilst flying in Heyford IA, K4039 of No 149 Sqn, which crashed near Stopham Bridge in Sussex during  night operational exercise. 

13 Dec

Cpl BENNETT, J He was killed whilst flying in Heyford IA, K4039 of No 149 Sqn, which crashed near Stopham Bridge in Sussex during  night operational exercise. 

13 Dec

LAC SILLINCE, W L He was killed whilst flying in Heyford IA, K4039 of No 149 Sqn, which crashed near Stopham Bridge in Sussex during  night operational exercise. 

13 Dec

Plt Off

AITKEN, ANDREW

He was killed whilst flying Heyford IA, K4039 of No 149 Sqn, which crashed near Stopham Bridge in Sussex during  night operational exercise.  He is buried in Tangmere (St Andrew) Churchyard.

16 Dec

Plt Off

BUNTING, THOMAS ARTHUR

He was killed whilst flying (in) Heyford, K5183 (W) of No 102 Sqn when it flew into high ground whilst on a night approach into Honington. Plt Off B G L Betbeder was dangerously injured in the accident and died two days later.  The remaining crew members consisted of APO Laurence Herbert McFarlane and ACl Ernest Marrows, who were slightly injured and AC1 C. A. F. Kettle, who was uninjured.

17 Dec

Sgt

PATTEN, ROBERT EDMUND

He was one of two pilots killed in a mid air collision over Stansted Park in Hampshire.  The two aircraft involved were Hawker Demons, K2901 and K2902 of No 1 Sqn.  One pilot managed to abandon his aircraft but he was too low.  He is buried in Tangmere (St Andrew) Churchyard.

17 Dec

Act Flt Lt

PECK, HARRY HAMILTON

He was one of two pilots killed in a mid air collision over Stansted Park in Hampshire.  The two aircraft involved were Hawker Demons, K2901 and K2902 of No 1 Sqn.  One pilot managed to abandon his aircraft but he was too low.  He is buried in Tangmere (St Andrew) Churchyard.

18 Dec

Plt Off

BETBEDER, BASIL GASTON LANCELOT

He was dangerously injured whilst flying (in) Heyford, K5183 (W) of No 102 Sqn when it flew into high ground whilst on a night approach into Honington and died two days later from his injuries.  Plt Off T A Bunting was killed in the accident and of the other three crew members, APO Laurence Herbert McFarlane and ACl Ernest Marrows were only slightly injured and AC1 C. A. F. Kettle was uninjured.

21 Dec

APO

BIRCH, MYLES LEONARD

He was killed whilst flying Audax, K7443 of No 3 FTS when he flew into a hill near Stroud in bad weather. 

21 Dec

APO

TAYLOR, CHRISTIE LESLIE

He was killed whilst flying as a passenger in Audax, K7443 of No 3 FTS when it flew into a hill near Stroud in bad weather. 

 

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