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Casualties - 29 - 31 May 1945


29-May

BANKS, KENNETH JAMES  (150200); age 21 RAFVR

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire IX, PV318 of No 124 Sqn, which was found crashed near Full Sutton after it entered cloud during a formation flying sortie.  He is buried in Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery

29-May

BRENCHLEY, PETER REGINALD DANN  (1390498); age Unknown RAFVR

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Liberator VI, EW174 of No 358 Sqn, which was attacked by a number of 'Oscars' during a sortie to deliver some US OSS agents behind enemy lines in Siam.  He was killed in the initial attacks.  He is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

29-May

DRAPER, JOHN HENRY  (1802379); age 23 RAFVR

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Liberator VI, EW174 of No 358 Sqn, which was attacked by a number of 'Oscars' during a sortie to deliver some US OSS agents behind enemy lines in Siam.  He was killed in the subsequent crash landing.  He is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

29-May

PINCKNEY, WILLIAM JOHN  (1805139); age 21 RAFVR

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Liberator VI, EW174 of No 358 Sqn, which was attacked by a number of 'Oscars' during a sortie to deliver some US OSS agents behind enemy lines in Siam.  He was killed in the initial attacks.  He is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

29-May

POOLE, BRIAN RICHARD  (1434100); age 21 RAFVR

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Liberator VI, EW174 of No 358 Sqn, which was attacked by a number of 'Oscars' during a sortie to deliver some US OSS agents behind enemy lines in Siam.  He was killed in the initial attacks.  He is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

29-May

HOWARD, BASIL  (404787); age 29 RAAF

Wg Cdr

He was drowned whilst flying in Mosquito XXX, NT264 of No 456 Sqn, which broke up after being ditched following a double engine failure after three unsuccessful attempts to force land on one engine.  He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery

29-May

DAVIES, GORDON ATWOOD TREGASKIS  (400365); age 27 RAAF

Flt Lt

He was serving with No 460 Sqn, when he died in a accident whilst in the SSQ at Breighton, having been repatriated following his capture on 2 Feb 1945 when he had been flying PB301.  He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery

29-May

LUGER, DEREK EUSTACE ARTHUR  (133373); age 22 RAFVR

Flt Lt

He was captured whilst flying in Lancaster, NN715 of No 550 Sqn, on 21 Feb 1945 following a raid on Duisburg, he returned to the UK on 5 May but died in a hospital in Manchester.  He is buried in Bandon Hill Cemetery

29-May

WELLS, FREDERICK GEORGE  (1292985); age 23 RAFVR

AC1

He was serving in the Far East (unit unknown) when he was captured by the Japanese.  He died in Japanese captivity, probably whilst being held in a camp at Sandakan.  He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

29-May

JEFFORD, ALEXANDER BARCLEY STUART  (55176); age 23 RAF

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hurricane IIC, LF391 of No 11 (P) AFU, which dived into a house and burst into flames during a local map reading sortie.  He is buried in Kingswood Chapelyard

29-May

WILSON, ROBERT BARKER  (191471); age 21 RAFVR

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Martinet I, HP517 of No 2 AGS, which crashed in a forced landing at Easington Colliery in County Durham following an engine failure, the aircraft hit a car travelling on the road, killing the two passengers.  He is buried in Brierley Cemetery

29-May

TAYLOR, DAVID  (3022786); age 19 RAFVR

AC2

He was serving with No 20 C & M Party at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Kirkee War Cemetery

29-May

BAUEREK, Zygmunt (P.705587); age 20 PAF

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire VB, BL688 of No 58 OTU, which crashed into high ground near Walmersley, Bury in Lancashire, whilst circling in cloud during a training flight.  He is buried in Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery

29-May

BRIKHA NANNO  (4912); age Unknown IL

Pvt

He was serving with IL at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is commemorated on the Habbaniya Memorial

29-May

YOKHANA PAULOS  (1320); age Unknown IL

Pvt

He was serving with IL at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is commemorated on the Habbaniya Memorial

29-May

MARSHMAN, HENRY JOHN  (865566); age 55 AuxAF

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  His death is registered in East Glamorgan.  He is buried in Barry (Merthyr Dyfan) Burial Ground

30-May

THOMPSON, JACK  (3050918); age 21 RAFVR

Sgt

He was serving with No 90 Sqn, at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained, but possibly occurred in the RAF Hospital at Ely, his death being registered in Ely.  He was cremated at Stockport Crematorium

30-May

DOWNEY, WILLIAM EDWARD  (1031446); age 22 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving with No 145 Sqn, at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Udine War Cemetery

30-May

BURGESS, LESLIE  (1448878); age 33 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving with No 260 Sqn, at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is commemorated on the Malta Memorial

30-May

BLOOD, FRANK  (1107982); age 38 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving with No 967 Sqn, at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Hontenisse (Kloosterzande) General Cemetery

30-May

SOUTHERN, HAROLD  (612874); age Unknown RAF

LAC

He was serving with No 2750 Sqn RAF Regiment at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

30-May

AYLWARD, FRANCIS  (1558787); age 23 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving with No 2853 Sqn RAF Regiment at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Choloy War Cemetery

30-May

McCULLOUGH, HENRY  (502053); age 23 RAF

LAC

He was serving with No 121 MU at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery

30-May

WARD, CHARLES  (1569747); age 21 RAFVR

AC2

He was serving with No 129 SP at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

30-May

WEIR, VALENTINE EDWARD DOUGLAS  (1436429); age 28 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving with No 129 SP at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

30-May

JACKSON, FREDERICK JOHN  (1564513); age 23 RAFVR

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito VI, NS852 of No 13 OTU, which crashed out of control after striking LR360 of the same unit during an unauthorised practice attack on a train during a low level formation flying exercise.  He is buried in Billingham (St Cuthbert) Churchyard

30-May

TAYLOR, JOHN STIRLING  (1820876); age 20 RAFVR

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito VI, NS852 of No 13 OTU, which crashed out of control after striking LR360 of the same unit during an unauthorised practice attack on a train during a low level formation flying exercise.  He is buried in Glasgow (Riddrie Park) Cemetery

30-May

ROBERTS, GORONWY WYN  (196699); age Unknown RAFVR

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Anson I, DG799 of No 3 (O) AFU, which collided with Oxford, NM482 whilst both were landing at Halfpenny Green.  He is buried in Llanllyfni (Machpelah, Penygroes) Cemetery

30-May

TEAGUE, OSWALD THOMAS GEORGE  (1583963); age 21 RAFVR

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson I, DG799 of No 3 (O) AFU, which collided with Oxford, NM482 whilst both were landing at Halfpenny Green.  He is buried in Bromsgrove Cemetery

30-May

GOOCH, JOHN WILLIAM  (175959); age 27 RAFVR

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford I, NM482 of No 3 (O) AFU, which collided with Anson, DG799 whilst both were landing at Halfpenny Green.  He is buried in or was cremated at Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery and Crematorium

30-May

HAWKINS, SIDNEY REGINALD  (1605213); age 28 RAFVR

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford I, NM482 of No 3 (O) AFU, which collided with Anson, DG799 whilst both were landing at Halfpenny Green.  He is buried in Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery

30-May

BEVERLEY, FREDERICK DENNIS  (1890382); age 20 RAFVR

AC2

He was killed whilst flying in AT6, 41684 of No 3 BFTS, which .  He is buried in Miami (Grand Army of the Republic) Cemetery

30-May

SWYNFORD, ARTHUR ROY  (933345); age 24 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving with No 320 MU at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Karachi War Cemetery

30-May

DIMOND, DENNIS ALFRED  (1436372); age 22 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving with No 356 MU at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Delhi War Cemetery

30-May

KITCHING, GEORGE  (1451227); age 22 RAFVR

Sgt

He was serving with No 5 RFU at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Salerno War Cemetery

30-May

BRADSTOCK, JOSEPH ALFRED  (516489); age Unknown RAF

Flt Sgt

He was killed when Spitfire IX, NH437 of No 58 OTU, flew into the lorry in which he was travelling during a dive attack at Malpas in Cheshire.  He is buried in Chester (Blacon) Cemetery.

30-May

SUSSMANN, HAROLD EDWARD  (78885); age 35 RAFVR

Flt Lt

He was killed when Spitfire IX, NH437 of No 58 OTU, flew into the lorry in which he was travelling during a dive attack at Malpas in Cheshire.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

30-May

JAMISON, JAMES  (166749); age 27 RAFVR

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mustang III, FX942 of No 61 OTU, which broke up in the air after falling out of control during a height climb, possibly due to a fault in the oxygen system.  He is buried in Rasharkin (St Andrew) Church Graveyard

30-May

ANGUS, WILLIAM  (164981); age Unknown RAFVR

Fg Off

He was probably killed whilst flying in Beaufighter X, NT911 of No 79 OTU, which ditched in the sea 130 miles off Cyprus after both engines failed, possibly due to faulty fuel management.  He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial

30-May

WRIGHT, ALEXANDER VINCENT  (715206); age Unknown RAFVR

AC2

He was serving with No 89 SP at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Kingston (Up Park Camp) Military Cemetery

30-May

D'ARCY, WILLIAM  (1533197); age 38 RAFVR

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Baigachi at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Ranchi War Cemetery

30-May

EAGLE, WILLIAM GEOFFREY  (143448); age 25 RAFVR

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Typhoon I, SW519 of DH Props, which crashed after an undercarriage door broke loose and damaged the tailplane whilst conducting a series of tests on new type of propeller.  He is buried in Beaulieu Cemetery

30-May

STACEY, THOMAS ROBERT  (1468187); age 42 RAFVR

LAC

He was serving at RAF Charterhall and died from multiple injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.  He is buried in Codford St Mary (St Mary) Churchyard.

31-May

BAKER, IVAN LESLIE  (432543); age 20 RAAF

WO

He was killed whilst flying in Warwick V, PN800 of No 179 Sqn, which struck the sea as it descended in a turn due to being unable to restart one of the engines during an air test.  He is buried in Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery

31-May

MORRIS, ALAN ALFRED FREDERICK  (1890847); age 20 RAFVR

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Warwick V, PN800 of No 179 Sqn, which struck the sea as it descended in a turn due to being unable to restart one of the engines during an air test.  He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

31-May

NAPIER, ROBERT  (817109); age 25 RAFVR

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Warwick V, PN800 of No 179 Sqn, which struck the sea as it descended in a turn due to being unable to restart one of the engines during an air test.  He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

31-May

TAYLOR, FREDERICK OWAIN OSWALD  (632544); age 24 RAF

LAC

He was serving with No 224 Sqn, at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  His death was registered in Scotland?.  He is buried in Llanfaelog (St Maelog) New Churchyard

31-May

BOWES, GORDON DAVID  (J/35202); age 22 RCAF

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington XIV, NC512 of No 407 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Sharpnose Point in Cornwall whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery

31-May

BOWLEN, WILLIAM MICHAEL  (J/28154); age 28 RCAF

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington XIV, NC512 of No 407 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Sharpnose Point in Cornwall whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery

31-May

EISLER, LEO JOSEPH MATHEW  (J/92892); age 24 RCAF

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington XIV, NC512 of No 407 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Sharpnose Point in Cornwall whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery

31-May

GARRIGAN, JOHN EDWARD  (J/91080); age 21 RCAF

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington XIV, NC512 of No 407 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Sharpnose Point in Cornwall whilst flying in cloud.  He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

31-May

MALMAS, HAROLD IRVIN  (J/17391); age 25 RCAF

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington XIV, NC512 of No 407 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Sharpnose Point in Cornwall whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery

31-May

McGRATH, ROBERT KENNETH  (J/91151); age 23 RCAF

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington XIV, NC512 of No 407 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Sharpnose Point in Cornwall whilst flying in cloud.  He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

31-May

LEMECH, Stanislaw (P.783866); age 33 PAF

Sgt

He was serving with No 663 Sqn and was killed in road traffic accident with motorcycle.  He is buried in Piratello Cemetery, Imola, Italy

31-May

ELWOOD, JOHN STEPHEN  (428569); age 20 RAAF

WO

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I, PB864 of No 1660 HCU, which rolled and dived inverted into the ground when the auto-pilot disengaged during a cross-country flying sortie.  He is buried in Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville

31-May

BIRTWISTLE, NORMAN  (136451); age 25 RAFVR

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I, PB864 of No 1660 HCU, which rolled and dived inverted into the ground when the auto-pilot disengaged during a cross-country flying sortie.  He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery

31-May

DAVIES, CHARLES  (162865); age 34 RAFVR

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I, PB864 of No 1660 HCU, which rolled and dived inverted into the ground when the auto-pilot disengaged during a cross-country flying sortie.  He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery

31-May

DOUBLE, ROY FRANKLIN  (190886); age Unknown RAFVR

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I, PB864 of No 1660 HCU, which rolled and dived inverted into the ground when the auto-pilot disengaged during a cross-country flying sortie.  He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery

31-May

EDEN, VICTOR GEOFFREY  (137170); age Unknown RAFVR

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I, PB864 of No 1660 HCU, which rolled and dived inverted into the ground when the auto-pilot disengaged during a cross-country flying sortie.  He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery

31-May

PEARSON, ARTHUR OWEN  (179178); age 23 RAFVR

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I, PB864 of No 1660 HCU, which rolled and dived inverted into the ground when the auto-pilot disengaged during a cross-country flying sortie.  He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery

31-May

SUMMERS, GEORGE  (187480); age 22 RAFVR

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I, PB864 of No 1660 HCU, which rolled and dived inverted into the ground when the auto-pilot disengaged during a cross-country flying sortie.  He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery

31-May

WINGATE, ERIC HUBERT  (113783); age 39 RAFVR

Sqn Ldr

He was serving with No 173 Wing at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Madras War Cemetery, Chennai

31-May

SHREEVE, KENNETH SIDNEY  (688055); age 24 RAF

Sgt

He was serving with No 22 SFTS at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Gweru Cemetery

31-May

ROGACKI, Franciszek (P.703381); age 48 PAF

AC1

He was serving with No 309/408 Sqn and was killed in a road traffic accident on Cloppenburg/Ahlhorn, Niemczech Road.  He is buried in Cloppenburg Cemetery.

31-May

RHATIGAN, DENNIS PATRICK FRANCIS  (1401418); age 23 RAFVR

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, which may have occurred in the RAF Hospital at Halton, his death being registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Northfleet Cemetery

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