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Casualties - December 1948


03 Dec

ALLMAN, PHILIP EVELYN  (1813249) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire F Mk 22, PK634 of No 6 Maintenance Unit which crashed near Oxted in Surrey after hitting trees whilst flying in cloud and rain during a ferry flight.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

04 Dec

WINTER, ALBERT EDWARD VICTOR  (335470) age: 44

T/WO

He was serving at RAF Watton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in .  He is buried in Chislehurst Cemetery

05 Dec

GILLESPIE, ROBERT  (3020613) age: 23

Plt IV

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito FB Mk 6, RS698 of No 204 Advanced Flying School, which flew into high ground near RAF Driffield whilst flying at 600 ft instead of 1,600 ft in the circuit.  He is buried in Knadgeranll Cemetery

05 Dec

McLAREN, PETER  (1564083) age: 32

Nav II

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito FB Mk 6, RS698 of No 204 Advanced Flying School, which flew into high ground near RAF Driffield whilst flying at 600 ft instead of 1,600 ft in the circuit.  He is buried in Meigle Churchyard

06 Dec

THICK, WILLIAM GORDON  (1339485) age: 24

Cpl

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

06 Dec

DRAKE, ANTHONY  (619943) age: 34

Cpl

He was on the strength of RAF Warton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Cardiff (32).  He is buried in Western Cemetery, Ely, Cardiff

06 Dec

GOODWINS, HOWARD  (2291613) age: 20

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bulmer.  He is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery

07 Dec

SHACKLETON, DENNIS ROY  (573663) age: 26

T/Sgt

He was either serving at RAF Melksham and  was killed whilst travelling to duty from his married quarters at RAF Wroughton when he rode his his motor cycle into the rear of an unlit farm trailer.  He was cremated at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds.

08 Dec

HEDGES, HENRY RICHARD  (4003914) age: 20

AC1

He was serving at RAF Changi at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

08 Dec

TURNEY, JOSEPH VICTOR  (526256) age: 35

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Woodvale at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Liverpool North.  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Freshfield, near Formby.

09 Dec

KIRK, JOHN  (1078583) age: 26

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Hednesford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wigan.  He is buried in Ince Cemetery, Wigan

09 Dec

BRETTON, FREDDIE  (578337) age: 24

LAC

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non effective and his death is registered in Wakefield.  He was cremated at Cottingley Hall Crematorium

10 Dec

TURNER, ROY  (100645) age: 28

Flt Lt

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying in Spitfire FR Mk 14, NH897 of No 2 Sqn, which crashed whilst attempting a forced landing on a disused airfield following an engine failure, he was thrown from the aircraft when the nose dug into the ground.  He is buried in Brookwood Cemetery

12 Dec

BARNES, LEONARD KELLY CBE  (16043) age: 46

A/A/Cdre

He was serving at RAF Shawbury and died in the RAF Hospital at Ely, cause unknown.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained.

13 Dec

BURNS, JOHN  (567466) age: 30

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FT224 of No 2 Flying Training School, which dived into the ground near Fairford during an instrument flying instruction sortie.  He is buried in St Patricks Burying Ground, Derriaghy, Lisburn

13 Dec

HUGHES, STEPHEN  (1332532) age: 25

Plt I

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FT224 of No 2 Flying Training School, which dived into the ground near Fairford during an instrument flying instruction sortie.  He was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium

13 Dec

BRIDGMAN, BRIAN ORLANDO  (165418) age: 24

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RL197 of No 228 OCU, which flew into the side of Great Whernside after coming down below the safety height during a night cross country exercise.  He is buried in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Leeming

13 Dec

BULLEY, ANTHONY GUY  (3031532) age: 23

Plt IV

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RL197 of No 228 OCU, which flew into the side of Great Whernside after coming down below the safety height during a night cross country exercise.  He was cremated at St Marylebone Crematorium

14 Dec

McELVAR, JAMES  (4014828) age: 22

AC2

He was serving at RAF Basrah at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Basrah War Cemetery

16 Dec

O'CONNELL, JOHN  (2349030) age: 20

AC2

He was serving at RAF Ismailia at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

17 Dec

ANDERSON, WILLIAM  (2416560) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Bridgnorth at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wellington.  He is buried in Rutherglen Cemetery

17 Dec

PALMER, ALLEN KENNETH  (2328679) age: 20

AC2

He was serving at RAF Cosford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bridgnorth.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Dec

TAYLOR, ERIC GODDIN  (48974) age: 40

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Shawbury but died at RAF Cosford (Hospital?).  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

20 Dec

CLELAND, RALPH CBE  (05190) age: 42

A/Gp Capt

He was serving at RAF Benson but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in St Andrew's Church, Dinedor, Hereford

20 Dec

SHELDON, JOHN AUGUSTINE  (538421) age: 35

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Swinderby and was run over at night on the perimeter track at Swinderby by another airman on a motorcycle.  He is buried in St Germain's Churchyard, Thurlby.

21 Dec

ANDREWS, ELLIS CHARLES  (1389351) age: 25

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire F Mk 3, VT873 of No 54 Sqn, which dived into the ground during a turn, having lost his section leaderwhilst flying as No 2.  He is buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery

21 Dec

GRAHAM, VINCENT  (3011817) age: 24

Eng IIA

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster B Mk 1, PA411 of No 230 OCU, which flew into Rhodes Hill at Tintwhistle in Derbyshire whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Torrisholme Cemetery

21 Dec

HARRIS, DAVID WILLIAM HENRY  (1607179) age: 25

Eng IIA

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster B Mk 1, PA411 of No 230 OCU, which flew into Rhodes Hill at Tintwhistle in Derbyshire whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Darlington West Cemetery

21 Dec

JOHNSON, THOMAS IORWERTH  (139321) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster B Mk 1, PA411 of No 230 OCU, which flew into Rhodes Hill at Tintwhistle in Derbyshire whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Rhydgogh Cemetery

21 Dec

LOVE, WILLIAM ALLEN  (1591282) age: 24

Gnr IIB

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster B Mk 1, PA411 of No 230 OCU, which flew into Rhodes Hill at Tintwhistle in Derbyshire whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Doncaster

21 Dec

MASKELL, PETER MAURICE  (167635) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster B Mk 1, PA411 of No 230 OCU, which flew into Rhodes Hill at Tintwhistle in Derbyshire whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Doncaster

21 Dec

SMITH, ROBERT  (3021617) age: 23

Sig II

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster B Mk 1, PA411 of No 230 OCU, which flew into Rhodes Hill at Tintwhistle in Derbyshire whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Doncaster

21 Dec

THOMPSON, JACK SHERWOOD  (3042241) age: 23

Plt IV

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster B Mk 1, PA411 of No 230 OCU, which flew into Rhodes Hill at Tintwhistle in Derbyshire whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Hull Northern Cemetery

23 Dec

HULLY, MOSES  (1039266) age: 43

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Acklington at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Durham NW.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained.

24 Dec

RETTIE, GARDEN ANDERSON  (4020698) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Church Lawford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Rugby.  He is buried in Uphall Cemetery

24 Dec

HANFORD, LESLIE  (58633) age: 25

Fg Off

He was serving at RAF Gutersloh at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in British Military Cemetery, Munster

25 Dec

BEANEY, DAVID JOHN  (2370330) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Harpur Hill and was killed in a vehicle accident at Osmaston Lane, Ashbourne.  The RAF driver was sentenced to 12 months for manslaughter.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained.

26 Dec

KILLORAN, ROBERT HENSON  (500293) age: 27

Fg Off

He was serving at RAF Catterick and was killed when his car hit a bus on the Meopham to Longfield road.  He is buried in Meopham Churchyard.

26 Dec

FLYNN, PHILIP CHRISTOPHER  (1902201) age: 48

AC1

He died at home in Dublin, whilst on leave, from food poisoning contracted in England before returning to Ireland.  He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

31 Dec

LURATI, EUGENIO GUISEPPE  (2403255) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Ibsley and was killed when the RAF lorry carrying him and 29 other airmen hit a meat lorry at Lower Bisterne.  He is buried in St Patrick's Churchyard, Leytonstone.

31 Dec

MELDRUM, JOHN BRUCE  (3115051) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF Ibsley and was killed when the RAF lorry carrying him and 29 other airmen hit a meat lorry at Lower Bisterne.  He is buried in Gorleston Cemetery, Great Yarmouth.

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