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Casualties - January - December 1933


Date Rank Name Unit, Aircraft & Comments

2 Jan

Fg Off

WEAIT, ARTHUR LEWIN

He was serving at the RAF College, Cranwell and was killed in a motor accident when his car was involved in a collision with a lorry at Tickencote near Stamford.

3 Jan

AC1

STOCKS, CHARLES

He was serving with No 14 Sqn and was killed when his parachute opened too late after baling out of Gordon K1158, following a collision during a formation practice flight.  Ramleh War Cemetery.

4 Jan

Fg Off

ARMSTRONG, JOHN LAURENCE

He was killed whilst serving with No 111 Sqn and flying Bristol Bulldog IIIA Prototype R-5, which he had collected from the A & AEE for evaluation by his squadron.  The aircraft disintegrated and crashed at Blackmoor, Norton Heath in Essex, during an aerobatic manoeuvre.

12 Jan

Wg Cdr

DURSTON, CECIL CAMPBELL

He was serving as a Staff Officer at HQ, RAF India when he was killed by a buffalo whilst shooting near Raipur, Rajputana.

12 Jan

LAC SLATTER, ALFRED DORE He was drowned following a collision between Iris, S1263 of No 209 and a naval dockyard launch in Plymouth Sound.

17 Jan

Flt Lt

BETT, DAVID LINDSAY GORDON

He was serving at RAF Cranwell and died in the RAF Hospital at Halton after an operation.

25 Jan

AC

INGLIS, HENRY THOMAS

He was killed whilst flying in an Avro 504 of No 4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir and is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

4 Feb

LAC

BOND, G G

He was serving with No 47 Sqn and drowned as a result of a boating accident in the Blue Nile, he is buried in Khartoum War Cemetery.

8 Feb

Sgt

ALLEN, A R

He was killed whilst flying Virginia III, J7129 of No 9 Sqn , which crashed into high ground at Wexcombe in Wiltshire in bad weather and is buried in Amesbury Cemetery.

8 Feb

Fg Off

PILCHER, THOROLD PAUL

He was killed whilst flying Virginia III, J7129 of No 9 Sqn , which crashed into high ground at Wexcombe in Wiltshire in bad weather and is buried in Amesbury Cemetery.

8 Feb

AC2

SHOLL, F C

He was killed whilst flying in Virginia III, J7129 of No 9 Sqn , which crashed into high ground at Wexcombe in Wiltshire in bad weather and is buried in Amesbury Cemetery.

8 Feb

Cpl

SMITH, CYRIL

He was killed whilst flying in Virginia III, J7129 of No 9 Sqn , which crashed into high ground at Wexcombe in Wiltshire in bad weather and is buried in Amesbury Cemetery.

15 Feb

LAC

WALDEN, E C R

He was serving with No 29 Sqn when he died, cause unknown, in the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich and is buried in North Weald Cemetery.

17 Feb

Flt Lt

LAWSON, HAROLD RAFO

He was working for Sir Alan Cobham's air 'circus' when he was killed whilst flying Avro Tutor, G-ABZR, which crashed during an air display at Cape Town, South Africa.

28 Feb

Plt Off

ROLPH, ROBERT VINCENT

He was killed whilst flying Hawker Fury I, K1936 of No 43 Sqn when he collided with K1933 of the same squadron whilst in the circuit at Tangmere.  The other aircraft landed safely.

16 Mar

Plt Off

YOUNG, ROBERT BRANDON

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified Wapiti of No 28 Sqn, which crashed on Ambala racecourse, whilst carrying out ground camera gun practice.

20 Mar

Fg Off

BROWN, JUSTIN ARROWSMITH

He was serving as a Pilotage Officer when he was killed whilst flying Wapiti, K1276 of No 5 (Army Co-operation) Sqn.

20 Mar

LAC

WOOD, JOHN

He was killed whilst flying in Wapiti, K1276 of No 5 (Army Co-operation) Sqn.

23 Mar

Mr

SIKES, HOWARD LECKY SOMERVILLE

A member of Cambridge University Air Sqn, he was killed whilst flying an Atlas at Boscombe Down which crashed shortly after take off.

24 Mar

Fg Off

CAREY, THOMAS GODFREY (Lt RN)

He was killed whilst flying Osprey, S1688 of No 407 (Fleet Fighter) Flight, attached to 2nd Cruiser Squadron which crashed into Arosa Bay, Spain after hitting the ship's mast.  Lt B S Alton RM was also killed.

28 Mar

Fg Off

LELEU, LIONEL LOUIS RAFO

He was killed whilst flying Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, G-AACI ('City of Liverpool') of Imperial Airways which crashed at Eessen, Belgium, during a flight from Brussels to Croydon.

31 Mar

APO

REED, OWEN WILLIAM WALTER

He was killed whilst flying Atlas, J9452 of No 5 Flying Training School at Sealand, which crashed, possibly whilst attempting a forced landing, after entering a dive.

15 Apr

Plt Off

JAMESON, WILLIAM ATHOL WYNNE

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying in Atlas I, J9965 of No 208 Sqn, which crashed at Ghobet el Booze.  He is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery.

16 Apr

LAC

ALLEWAY, ARTHUR LEONARD

He was seriously injured and later died from his injuries, whilst flying in Atlas I, J9965 of No 208 Sqn, which crashed at Ghobet el Booze. He is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery.

18 Apr

Fg Off

HUTCHINGS, LIONEL ARTHUR

He was killed whilst flying Moth, K1225 of the Practice Flight, Manston, which crashed near Manston from a height of 50-100 ft after the engine had been shut off, possibly whilst attempting to demonstrate a forced landing.

25 Apr

LAC

FIRTH, JOHN JAMES FREDERICK

He drowned after Horsley, S1437 of No 36 Sqn dived into the Jahore Straits during an air firing exercise and is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery.

27 Apr

ACM

SALMOND SIR WILLIAM GEOFFREY HANSON KCB, KCMG, DSO

He had recently assumed the post of Chief of the Air Staff but died of cancer.

28 Apr

LAC

WILLMOTT, R H G

He was flying in Fairey Gordon, K2632 of No 14 Sqn when it hit a bump and he and another crew member were thrown out, however, he wasn't wearing his parachute and was killed.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

1 May

Plt Off

KNEBWORTH, THE VISCOUNT MP, AuxAF

He was killed whilst flying in Hart, K2974 of No 601 Sqn AuxAF when it crashed during a formation practice at Hendon.

1 May

 LAC

HARRISON, RALPH

He was killed whilst flying Hart, K2974 of No 601 Sqn AuxAF when it crashed during a formation practice at Hendon.

9 May

Fg Off

LAMB, NORMAN DANIEL

He died in Lahore Hospital from injuries sustained on 5 May 1933 whilst flying an Hart at the Aircraft Park, Lahore.

9 May

Plt Off

LONGMAN, JOHN TOSSWILL

He drowned whilst attempting to land on the deck of HMS Furious in a Ripon, S1667 of No.811 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron.  Attempting to go-around for a second attempt, the aircraft lacked sufficient speed and ran off the deck into the sea ahead of the ship.

17 May

Fg Off

CLARKE, WILLIAM IVAN

He was killed whilst flying a Bulldog of No 3 Sqn during an air combat practice and is buried in Upavon Church Cemetery.

19 May

Flt Lt

RESTILL-LITTLE, MURRAY MEYRICK

He was killed whilst flying an Avro 504N, J8676 or J8533, of No 5 FTS, which collided with each other on approach to Sealand and is buried in Hawarden (St Deiniol) Churchyard.

19 May

APO

FAIRBANKS, JOHN FREDERICK NAPIER

He was killed whilst flying an Avro 504N, J8676 or J8533, of No 5 FTS, which collided with each other on approach to Sealand and is buried in Hawarden (St Deiniol) Churchyard.

19 May

Flt Lt

CAMPBELL, GEORGE EDWIN DFM

He was severely wounded whilst flying Bristol Bulldog, K2201 of the A & AEE, when he collided with K2191of the same unit. He abandoned the aircraft at Martlesham Heath but did not survive, although the pilot of the other aircraft did. 

29 May

APO

MOLE, JOSEPH CHARLES

He died in Chester Infirmary from a fractured skull and fractured leg, sustained in a motor accident the previous day and is buried in Hawarden (St Deiniol) Churchyard.

12 Jun

Plt Off

BRADLEY, JACK

He was serving with No 14 Sqn and was killed whilst travelling in a Morris six-wheeler that was carrying official mail from Amman to Ramleh which overturned en-route.  He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

13 Jun

Flt Lt

O'HANLON, FRANCIS STAFFORD

He was killed whilst flying Vickers 214 Vildebeest Mk VI, G-ABJK, which crashed shortly after take off from Farnborough and burst into flames after going through the wall of a workshop at the Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment.

15 Jun

Flt Cdt

GARD, JOHN WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying in Atlas TM, K1486 of the RAF College, Cranwell, which crashed in a forced landing at Ruskington, Lincolnshire.

19 Jun

Plt Off

VILLIERS, EDWARD GORDON

He was killed whilst flying Siskin IIIA, J8624 of No 2 FTS, which crashed on the Donna Nook ranges

19 Jun

Fg Off

DREW, ARTHUR COLUMBA

He was flying Wapiti, K1390 of No 55 Sqn, which caught fire in the air on 12 June.  Both he and his gunner baled out but he sustained injuries from he died and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

20 Jun

Sgt

BOLTON, FRANK E

He was serving at AHQ Iraq and died from pneumonia, he is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

29 Jun

LAC

RAE, THOMAS ALEXANDER

He was killed whilst being catapulted in Fairey Seal, K3516 of the RAF Training Base Leuchars being flown by Flt Lt A M Wray.  He accidentally pulled the ripcord of his parachute during the catapulting and was dragged from the aircraft.

30 Jun

Plt Off

FURZE, DENIS HENRY

He was killed whilst flying an unidentified Wapiti of No 28 Sqn, which overturned on Ambala racecourse, whilst turning near the ground.

30 Jun

LAC

LUSTY, ALBERT WILLIAM

He was killed whilst flying in an unidentified Wapiti of No 28 Sqn, which overturned on Ambala racecourse, whilst turning near the ground.

9 Jul

Sgt

CLEGG, ERNEST EDWIN "SEPTIMUS" He was a Drill Instructor at RAF Cranwell and died from gun shot wounds to the stomach, reason unknown.

10 Jul

LAC

MOODY, HAROLD He died in Stamford Hospital from injuries sustained on 8 July when he collided with a lorry whilst riding his motor cycle.

15 Jul

Flt Lt

O'MALLEY, VICTOR DAVID MC (Hon Sqn Ldr, Maj, RARO)

He was killed whilst flying Avro Tutor, K3258 of No 3 FTS when he stalled whilst executing a turn and dived into the Humber Estuary.

25 Jul

Fg Off

COLLYNS, ERIC ARTHUR

He was killed whilst flying Moth, K1212 of No 8 Sqn when he crashed on the bombing range in Aden.  He is buried in Maala Cemetery.

27 Jul

LAC

REMFRY, ERIC CHARLES

He was serving at the Aircraft Depot, Hinaidi and is buried in Basra (Makina) RAF Cemetery.

2 Aug

Sqn Ldr

RICE, BERNARD CURTIS MC, RAFO

The brother of E A B Rice (later AVM), he died at Paignton from injuries sustained on 3 July when his tri-car struck a kerb as it came to a junction and somersaulted.

8 Aug

LAC

BULLEYMENT, JOHN FREDERICK

He was serving as a Turner with No 70 Sqn but nothing is recorded in the ORB and he is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

14 Aug

LAC

CASTLE, MAURICE EDWARD BERTRAM

He was killed whilst flying in Wapiti, J9749 of No 27 Sqn which spun into ground as it made a forced landing at Latamia near Bannu due to a storm.

16 Sep

Fg Off

FEW, LESLIE MAURICE (Special Reserve)

He was killed whilst flying Vickers Virginia X, K2670 of No 500 Sqn, which crashed into a quarry as it attempted a 'go-around' at Brooklands

22 Sep

Sgt

LITTLE, ROBERT HUGH

He was killed whilst flying Bulldog, K2138 of No 17 Sqn, which crashed on take off at Imber Clump on Salisbury Plain

23 Sep

Flt Lt

COMBER, ARTHUR WANDESFORD MRCS, LRCP (Hon Sqn Ldr)

Despite his age (72) he was still serving as a Medical Officer at the School of Naval Co-operation when he fell from his horse during a fox hunt.  A post-mortem examination found that he had had a heart attack.

23 Sep

 

HOWARD, JOHN ADAM

He was serving at RAF Heliopolis and died from a single gun shot wound sustained after being attacked by four assailants whilst he was walking with his fiancée near Heliopolis Golf Club and is buried in Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery.

25 Sep

Sgt

HODGE, W M

He was killed whilst flying in Fury, K2073 of No 1 Sqn, which crashed at Thorney Manor, near Emsworth and is buried in Tangmere (St Andrew) Churchyard .

26 Sep

Fg Off

STYCHE, NORMAN CHARLES

Photograph of the burnt out remains of K1732 - see below

He was killed whilst flying Fairey Gordon, K1732 of No 40 Sqn which was part of a formation of four Fairey Gordons returning from exercises over the Forth Estuary. The aircraft was flying south in poor visibility when it crashed into high ground, it caught fire and burned out at Spindlestone Crags near Bamburgh, Northumberland.

26 Sep

AC1 WHITE, MORRIS ALBERT CHARLES

Photograph of the burnt out remains of K1732 - see below

He was killed whilst flying Fairey Gordon, K1732 of No 40 Sqn which was part of a formation of four Fairey Gordons returning from exercises over the Forth Estuary. The aircraft was flying south in poor visibility when it crashed into high ground, it caught fire and burned out at Spindlestone Crags near Bamburgh, Northumberland.

Photograph of the burnt out remains of K1732

26 Sep

Sgt CHRISTIAN, JOHN WILLIAM ERIC

He was killed whilst flying in a Gordon (K1742?) of No 40 Sqn, which was lost off Hartlepool in poor visibility.  At the time his aircraft was part of formation of four returning from exercises in the Forth Estuary.  His body was washed ashore at Clacton on 29 Nov 1933.

26 Sep

Cpl LEWIS, ANBREY CLEATON He was killed whilst flying Fairey Gordon, K1742? of No 40 Sqn which was part of a formation of four Fairey Gordons returning from exercises over the Forth Estuary.  The aircraft was flying south in thick sea fog when it crashed into the sea off Hartlepool, County Durham. Parts of the aircraft including the wheels were found next day by a fishing boat and pieces of wood from the aircraft were found washed ashore at North Sands at the mouth of the River Tees.

1 Oct

Fg Off

ROSE, ROBERT KINGSLEY RAFO

He was working for Aero-films Ltd but was killed whilst flying Simmonds Spartan Three-Seater II, G-ABZH when it crashed on take-off from a private field in Colpe Farm, near Drogheda.

2 Oct

Fg Off

BULLOCK, OSMUND FITZMAURICE LLEWLLYN (Lt RN)

He was killed whilst flying Ripon, S1428 of No 811 Sqn, HMS Furious, which crashed off Tarbet Ness after stalling in a climbing turn.  His crewman, L-Tel W F Gobus RN was also killed.

7 Oct

AC1

MARSH, B W

He was serving with No 12 Sqn and died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car which skidded into the crowd watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and is buried in Netheravon (All Saints) Churchyard .

7 Oct

AC

SANSBURY, ARTHUR

He died from injuries when he was struck by a car which skidded into the crowd watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

7 Oct

AC

METCALFE, H He was serving with No 12 Sqn and died when he was struck by a car which skidded into the crowd watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

17 Oct

Fg Off

PEACOCK, JOHN CHARLES FRANCIS

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying Southampton, S1121 of 'C' Flt, RAF Base Calshot, which had crashed on take off from Calshot.

17 Oct

LAC

FOLEY, H

He was killed whilst flying in Southampton, S1121 of 'C' Flt, RAF Base Calshot, which had crashed on take off from Calshot.

 18 Oct

Fg Off

BEATON, REGINALD ERNEST HARDY

He was on leave from No 101 Sqn, when he committed suicide by throwing himself under a tube train.  At the time he was worried about his failing eye-sight and had suffered a couple of black-out.

21 Oct

Fg Off

BRAIN, ANTHONY ROMER MAXIMILIAN RAFO

Died

8 Nov

AC2

BAILEY, M T

He was supposedly serving with No 208 Sqn at the time of his death but nothing is recorded in the ORB and he is buried in Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

17 Nov

Sgt

CLARK, WALLACE C He was serving at RAF Mount Batten and taking part in a football match between the officers and sergeants of the station when he collapsed and died whilst jumping for the ball.

21 Nov

WO II

CORNWELL, STANLEY J

He died, cause unknown, whilst serving at HQ Iraq Command and is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

2 Dec

AC2

REBBECK, A E

He is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

3 Dec

Fg Off

MACKAY, EDWARD WRAY RAFO

At the time of his death he was studying law and died in Paisley Infirmary from injuries sustained when the motor car in which he was travelling crashed into a tree at Red Smiddy, on the Glasgow-Greenock road.

4 Dec

Plt Off

LLEWELLYN, GRIFITH OWEN

He was killed whilst flying a Bristol Bulldog (K1654 or K1659) of No 17 Sqn, when they collided with with each other, during practice air combat.  He abandoned the aircraft at Milton Lilbourne in Wiltshire but did not survive.

4 Dec

 Sgt

HOPKINS, JOHN CYRIL

He was killed whilst flying a Bristol Bulldog (K1654 or K1659) of No 17 Sqn, when they collided with with each other, during practice air combat.  He abandoned the aircraft at Milton Lilbourne in Wiltshire but did not survive.

5 Dec

Flt Lt

ALLEN, JAMES BERARD RAFO

He was employed as the private pilot to the Duchess of Bedford and died of injuries sustained whilst flying General Aircraft Monospar ST4 Mk.II, G-ACKT, which crashed at Thropp's Farm, Lidlington, Bedfordshire.

12 Dec

Cpl

McARTHUR, W

He was supposedly serving with No 55 Sqn at the time of his death but nothing is recorded in the ORB and he is buried in Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery.

14 Dec

Plt Off

DE PENTHENY O'KELLY, RAYMOND EDWARD

He was killed whilst flying Wapiti, J9729 of No 5 Sqn which crashed into a river bed at Pathre, near Ahmednagar, after hitting a telegraph pole.

20 Dec

LAC

McDERMOTT, JOHN JOSEPH FRANCIS

He killed whilst flying Atlas, K1012 of No 4 FTS which crashed near Abu Sueir.

27 Dec

Wg Cdr

SHORTEN, WILLIAM WOOD CBE, FRCS, LRCP

He was a surgeon and commanding officer of the RAF Hospital at Halton when his car overturned after hitting a kerb at Denham.  A port-mortem showed that he had died from heart failure and not as a result of the accident.

29 Dec

Fg Off

MURPHY, RONALD ROWLEY

He was killed whilst flying Bulldog, K1685 of No 111 Sqn, which crashed at Shenfield near Brentwood.  He was thrown from the aircraft on impact.

30 Dec

Fg Off

GITTINS, JOHN MOORE RAFO

He was killed whilst flying Avro 10, G-ABLU, 'Apollo' of Imperial Airways, which crashed in fog at the wireless station, Ruysselede, Belgium.  On running into fog he radioed Evere for directions but hit an obstruction before receiving an answer.

30 Dec

Flt Lt

LOCH, HUGH GRANVILLE RAFO

He was killed whilst flying Avro 10, G-ABLU, 'Apollo' of Imperial Airways, which crashed in fog at the wireless station, Ruysselede, Belgium.  On running into fog he radioed Evere for directions but hit an obstruction before receiving an answer.

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