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Casualties - July - December 1973


[August | September | October | November | December]

5 Jul

LANE, PETER DAREN  (582079) age: 44

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Basset CC Mk 1, XS783 of No 26 Sqn, which crashed four miles from Valley on take off due to the aircraft having being refuelled with AVTUR instead of AVGAS.  He is buried in Fenstanton Burial Ground

9 Jul

DRYBANSKI, MICHAEL JAMES  (608887) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying Strikemaster Mk 82A, 413 of the Sultan of Oman's Air Force, which was shot down by a SAM.  He is buried in Layton & Carleton Cemetery, Blackpool.

11 Jul

WARDROPE, BRIAN  (S8098792) age: 22

SAC

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

13 Jul

McLAREN, JOHN MURDOCH  (K4171123) age: 36

Sgt

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

18 Jul

SADD, DAVID RICHARD  (D8071277) age: 24

SAC

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

18 Jul

TEBBUTT, ERIC GORDON  (F3050767) age: 47

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Odiham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Midhurst.  He was cremated at Aldershot Crematorium

23 Jul

FOLEY, CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN  (180593) age: 53

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Uxbridge at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Westminster.  He was cremated at Harrogate (Stonefall) Crematorium

24 Jul

HOBBS, ANTHONY EDWIN JAMES  (C1662723) age: 49

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Akrotiri at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Weston Hill Cemetery, Plymouth

26 Jul

HILL, ERNEST  (V4002467) age: 49

Sgt

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

31 Jul

ASHCROFT, JOHN  (R0688749) age: 26

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Henlow but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Henlow

2 Aug

DENNIS, DAVID JOHN  (4232578) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2T, WJ674 of No 231 OCU, which crashed near South Witham during an overshoot at RAF Cottesmore, he managed to eject but his parachute failed to fully deploy in time.  He is buried in St Eval Churchyard

6 Aug

ROBERTSON, ADAM  (M0538952) age: 54

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Locking at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Midhurst.  He is buried in Weston-Super-Mare Cemetery

9 Aug

WATERS, DAVID JOHN  (S8008947) age: 21

Jnr Tech

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

10 Aug

HARRIS, KEITH  (G4280993) age: 27

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Benson at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Oxford.  He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium

10 Aug

STOW, TREVOR MARTIN  (B8008361) age: 21

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Waddington at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Darlington.  He is buried in St Osmunds RC Church, Gainford, Darlington

11 Aug

EVES, ROGER JOHN  (D0594583) age: 25

SAC

He was serving at RAF Biggin Hill at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Saffron Walden Parish Church.

12 Aug

TRANTER, JOHN LAWRENCE  (A8101282) age: 18

LAC

He was serving at RAF Marham and died from a broken neck when he dived into a creek on Stiffkey Marshes.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained.

19 Aug

HERON, IAN  (F8101037) age: 20

AC

He was serving at RAF Locking at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Weston super Mare.  He is buried in Twynholm New Cemetery, Kirkudbright

22 Aug

HARRIS, MICHAEL AUSTEN  (5034219) age: 35

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Phantom FGR Mk 2, XV427 of No 17 Sqn, which flew into high ground in West Germany whilst attempting to rejoin a formation of four.  He was cremated at Krefeld Crematorium

22 Aug

SPAWTON, KEITH ALAN  (608820) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Phantom FGR Mk 2, XV427 of No 17 Sqn, which flew into high ground in West Germany whilst attempting to rejoin a formation of four.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

1 Sep

HUTCHISON, MICHAEL THOMAS  (U1961001) age: 23

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Akrotiri at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

3 Sep

DEMPSEY, JOSEPH  (U4283554) age: 25

SAC

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

3 Sep

WOOLLCOTT, CHRISTOPHER ALAN  (S8013299) age: 18

SAC

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

5 Sep

DAVIES, LAWRENCE  (946245) age: 56

Wg Cdr

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Uxbridge and died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Halton

6 Sep

PEARSE, STEWART  (684544) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Gnat T Mk 1, XP508 of No 4 Flying Training School from which he ejected following severe engine vibration on take off from RAF Valley on an air test, unfortunately his parachute to deploy and he fell into the sea and drowned before being rescued.  He is buried in Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead

7 Sep

CULLINGHAM, JAMES MACKAY  (4040941) age: 54

Flt Lt

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

7 Sep

NEAL, CLIVE MICHAEL  (M4285791) age: 34

Sgt

He was serving at RAFH Wroughton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Yeovil.  He is buried in Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth

10 Sep

BARRETT, ANTHONY VICTOR  (506407) age: 36

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Hercules C Mk 1, XV198 of No 48 Sqn, which crashed at RAF Colerne during an asymmetric approach on three engines when the other engine on that side failed and control was lost.  He was cremated at Bath Crematorium

10 Sep

COATE, PETER ROBERT  (D0688659) age: 27

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Hercules C Mk 1, XV198 of No 48 Sqn, which crashed at RAF Colerne during an asymmetric approach on three engines when the other engine on that side failed and control was lost.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Lyneham

10 Sep

FRASER, STUART ALEXANDER  (690125) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Hercules C Mk 1, XV198 of No 48 Sqn, which crashed at RAF Colerne during an asymmetric approach on three engines when the other engine on that side failed and control was lost.  He is buried in Worle Parish Cemetery

10 Sep

MILLS, DOUGLAS GERALD  (608923) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Hercules C Mk 1, XV198 of No 48 Sqn, which crashed at RAF Colerne during an asymmetric approach on three engines when the other engine on that side failed and control was lost.  He was cremated at Swindon Crematorium

10 Sep

NATT, WALTER CHARLES  (D1928319) age: 35

M ALM

He was killed whilst flying in Hercules C Mk 1, XV198 of No 48 Sqn, which crashed at RAF Colerne during an asymmetric approach on three engines when the other engine on that side failed and control was lost.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Lyneham

15 Sep

DAWSON, PAUL  (F8141730) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF St Athan at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in South Glamorgan.  He was cremated at Middlesborough Crematorium

19 Sep

BRUCE, MALCOLM ALEXANDER SHEPHERD  (J8091632) age: 24

SAC

He was serving at RAF West Drayton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Hounslow.  He was cremated at Haworth Crematorium, Feltham

27 Sep

NIPPARD, KENNETH  (165437) age: 48

Sqn Ldr

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in St Pancras.  He was cremated at The Bournemouth Crematorium

5 Oct

LOWE, ROBERT  (J0686812) age: 29

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Neatishead at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Norwich Outer.  He was cremated at St Faith's Crematorium, Horsham St Faith

7 Oct

POTTER, MARIUS ROLAND  (506778) age: 50

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Brampton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Huntingdon.  He is buried in Houghton & Wyton Cemetery

7 Oct

COOK, STEPHEN GEORGE  (D8083544) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Episkopi and was killed in motorcycle accident on Curium Hill, Episkopi Cyprus.  He is buried in

8 Oct

LUPTON, RAYMOND WILLIAM  (K2575024) age: 39

M AEOP

He was serving at RAF Marham but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He was cremated at St Faith's Crematorium, Horsham St Faith

8 Oct

LOWE, JOSEPH  (B0541411) age: 53

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Sealand at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wirral.  He is buried in St Deiniol Churchyard, Hawarden

16 Oct

BOOTH, LESLIE HAROLD  (J4138253) age: 41

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Abingdon at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Abingdon.  He was cremated at Headington Crematorium

16 Oct

RAFFEL, WILLIAM JAMES  (A0569037) age: 53

WO

He was serving at RAF Leuchars at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Cupar.  He was cremated at Kirkcaldy Crematorium.

17 Oct

MOLINEUX, GRAHAM  (C8098075) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Ternhill at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Manchester.  He was cremated at Bushbury Crematorium, Wolverhampton

20 Oct

NAGAUR, PATRICK MICHAEL  (4180965) age: 40

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Scampton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Camberwell.  He is buried in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Scampton

24 Oct

WOODWARD, ROGER IAN  (L8000505) age: 22

SAC

He was either serving at RAF Lyneham at the time of his death, or died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, North Collingham, Newark

27 Oct

WOODCOCK, HARRY  (S0632292) age: 53

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Waddington at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in North Kesteven.  He is buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Waddington

30 Oct

BROWN, HAROLD DAVID  (P8091242) age: 21

SAC

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Halton

2 Nov

ETHERIDGE, RONALD CLIVE  (2454968) age: 42

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter T Mk 7, XL596 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which crashed at Besford Wood on the approach to RAF Shawbury during the final review test of a student pilot of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.  He was cremated at Colwyn Bay Crematorium

8 Nov

CLARKE, PETER DAVID BEM  (E3106434) age: 44

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Wittering and was killed when his car collided with a lorry crossing the A1 near Wansford.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering.

10 Nov

Le MASURIER, RICHARD JOHN  (D4183394) age: 36

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Akrotiri at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Dhekelia Military Cenmetery

12 Nov

CRAWFORD, WILLIAM MICHAEL  (E4010656) age: 47

Chf Tech

He was serving at RAF Swanton Morley but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He was cremated at Earlham Road Crematorium, Norwich

13 Nov

HAYNES, STUART DAVID  (V1961583) age: 23

Cpl

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

13 Nov

HANDYSIDE, BRUCE GRAEME  (608945) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was probably attached to the Sultan of Oman's Air Force at the time of his death, which occurred at Salalah, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Lyneham.

17 Nov

BAREFOOT, GEORGE CHARLES RICHARD  (508010) age: 48

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Scampton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Welton.  He is buried in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Scampton

27 Nov

THURSBY, ALAN JEFFREY  (U4149989) age: 37

Chf Tech

He was serving at RAF Marham and was killed in a five vehicle crash on the A47 at West Bilney when his car collided with a Danish lorry and three other vehicles.  He was cremated at St Faith's Crematorium, Horsham St Faith.

28 Nov

KENYON, LINDA BARBARA  (D8043638) age: 20

SACW

She was serving at RAF Cranwell at the time of her death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however her death was registered in Sleaford.  She was cremated at Gwent Crematorium

30 Nov

ROBERTS, MAURICE EDWARD  (V4165004) age: 36

Sgt

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

6 Dec

JAMES, LESLIE FREDERICK BEM  (Y0574418) age: 51

WO

He was serving at RAF Uxbridge at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Midhurst.  He is buried in Idmiston Churchyard, Salisbury

6 Dec

DAVIES, JOHN EDWARD  (F8089211) age: 21

SAC

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

14 Dec

FREER, STANLEY  (R3500052) age: 45

M AEOP

He was serving at RAF Northwood but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He was cremated at Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham.

14 Dec

RINGROSE, WALTER RICHARD  (143713) age: 52

Wg Cdr

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

20 Dec

SHALLIKER, JOHN  (F4159269) age: 37

Sgt

He was serving at RAF North Luffenham and died in RAF Hospital Nocton Hall, his death being registered in North Kesteven.  He was cremated at Peterborough Crematorium

28 Dec

JONES, JACK  (B8086182) age: 31

SAC

He was serving at RAF North Luffenham and died in RAF Hospital Nocton Hall, cause unknown.  He was cremated at Peterborough Crematorium.

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