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Casualties - April 1947


01-Apr

WILKIE, JOHN PERCIVAL  RAFVR (194448), age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito, PF520 of No 98 Sqn, which crashed into trees near Rosrath in Germany during a meteorological recce sortie following an engine failure.  He is buried in Munster Heath War Cemetery

01-Apr

GIBSON, FRANK  RAFVR (2252555), age: 19

AC2

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Westminster.  He is buried in or was cremated at  Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery and Crematorium

02-Apr

HILLIER, HARRY LEONARD  RAFVR (1258752), age: 32

AC1

He was serving with No 97 Sqn at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained, but his death was registered in Surrey M E.  He is buried in Mitcham (London Road) Cemetery

02-Apr

GRUSZKA, Jerzy PAF (P.703999), age: 27

AC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Blackpool.  He is buried in Blackpool (Layton) Cemetery

02-Apr

COMERY, LEONARD  RAFVR (1240058), age: 41

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Nottingham.  He is buried in Nottingham Southern Cemetery

02-Apr

ROBERTS, DENNIS  RAF (540994), age: 28

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Pontypridd.  He is buried in Rhondda (Treorchy) Cemetery

02-Apr

OTTAWAY, ALFRED WILLIAM  AuxAF (842804), age: 54

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Wandsworth.  He is buried in Surbiton Cemetery

03-Apr

HALL, ANDREW  RAF (295211), age: 46

Cpl

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in N Ireland?  He is buried in Lurgan New Cemetery

04-Apr

HILL, THURSTON  RAFVR (1833449), age: 44

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Ilkeston.  He is buried in Breaston Cemetery

04-Apr

CLAPHAM, DOROTHY  WAAF (440510), age: 24

ACW1

She was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Newton Abbot.  She is buried in Bovey Tracey Cemetery

04-Apr

BADHAM, GEORGE ARTHUR CUST MC RAF (60951), age: 61

Flt Lt

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Surrey M E.  He is buried in Sutton Cemetery

05-Apr

JACKSON, HARRY  RAFVR (2230575), age: 25

AC2

He was serving at HQ 2 Group at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Hamburg Cemetery

05-Apr

MACKLEY, THOMAS WILLIAM  RAFVR (1449907), age: 25

LAC

He was serving in the UK and died at St. Stephens Hospital, London SW10, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Morden Cemetery.

05-Apr

BULLEN, FRANCIS WALKDEN  RAF (547942), age: 26

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Lewisham.  He is buried in Lewisham (Hither Green) Cemetery

05-Apr

WELLS, ALFRED  AuxAF (855279), age: 50

Cpl

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Tonbridge.  He was cremated at  Brighton (Downs) Crematorium

06-Apr

MAYOR, WILLIAM  RAFVR (1833167), age: 35

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Blackburn.  He is buried in Great Harwood Cemetery

06-Apr

STEER, CHARLES  RAFVR (654678), age: 25

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Manchester.  He was cremated at  Manchester Crematorium

06-Apr

ADLAM, REGINALD STANLEY  RAFVR (1667378), age: 41

LAC

He was serving in the UK and died at Westminster Hospital, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Salisbury (Devizes Road) Cemetery.

07-Apr

LUMLEY, CHARLES  RAFVR (1081465), age: 39

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Bulmer.  He is buried in Thormanby (St Mary) Churchyard

07-Apr

WOOLLEY, GEORGE  RAFVR (999793), age: 37

AC1

He was serving in the UK and died in Fairburn, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Pontefract.  He is buried in Fairburn (St James) Churchyard.

08-Apr

SMITH, COLIN GEORGE  AuxAF (870158), age: 42

LAC

He was serving with No 940 Sqn and died in the Royal Hospital, Sheffield, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained, but his death was registered in Sheffield.  He is buried in Sheffield (Abbey Lane) Cemetery.

08-Apr

HAINES, ERIC EDWARD  RAF (571472), age: 26

Sgt

He was serving in the UK and died in the RAF Hospital, St Athan, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Bridgend.  He is buried in Bournemouth East Cemetery.

09-Apr

GREGSON, HARRY  RAF (328529), age: 44

Cpl

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Leeds.  He is buried in Leeds (New Wortley) Cemetery

09-Apr

EALDEN, ARTHUR JOHN  RAFVR (4003989), age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Mount Batten and drowned after going for a swim in the River Tamar, which was against the rules, his body was eventually found washed up at Bere Ferrers on 28 April.  He is buried in Borden (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard.

10-Apr

WILKINSON, ALBERT  RAFVR (1516119), age: 38

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Haslingden.  He is buried in Bacup (Fairwell) Cemetery

12-Apr

BECKETT, JOHN ARCHIBALD GC RAF (521319), age: 41

Sgt

He died from injuries sustained whilst refuelling Lancaster ASR Mk 3, RF323 of 38 Sqn.  The following details are given in the London Gazette of 12th December, 1947: - "On the night of 28th March, 1947, during re-fuelling operations on a Lancaster aircraft, a violent fire broke out suddenly in the pumping compartment of the refuelling vehicle of which Sgt. Beckett was the driver. There was grave danger that the main tank of this vehicle containing over two thousand gallons of fuel, would explode. This would almost certainly have resulted in the destruction of more than twenty aircraft in the park. Despite serious burns on the hands and face, Sgt. Beckett drove the blazing vehicle about 400 yards to a point outside the aircraft park where it could cause no further damage. He then collapsed, and on 12th April he died. There is no doubt that his prompt and gallant action saved a number of valuable aircraft from destruction and his comrades working in the vicinity from serious injury.".  He is buried in Khayat Beach War Cemetery

12-Apr

REILLY, PATRICK FRANCIS  RAFVR (1905313), age: 30

AC1

He had been serving in India at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Johnnesburg (West Park) Cemetery

12-Apr

ROGERS, PHYLLIS MAY  WAAF (2075213), age: 25

LACW

She was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Cardiff.  She is buried in Cardiff Western Cemetery

12-Apr

LYNCH, THOMAS  RAFVR (1665039), age: 37

Cpl

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Liverpool N.  He is buried in Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery

12-Apr

BIRCH, FREDERICK  RAFVR (1521267), age: 23

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Plymouth.  He is buried in Ford Park Cemetery (Formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery) (Pennycomequick)

13-Apr

GEWERGIS SHAINO  IL (1771), age: Unknown

Sgt

He was serving with the Iraq Levies (RAF) at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is commemorated on the  Habbaniya Memorial

13-Apr

JURYEFF, SAMUEL  RAF (509020), age: 39

WO

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Southampton.  He is buried in Fawley (All Saints) Churchyard

14-Apr

BAKER, HENRY GEORGE  RAFVR (1404455), age: 25

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Cardiff.  He is buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery

14-Apr

EDGE, CHARLES ERNEST  RAF (35397), age: 50

Sqn Ldr

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Fylde.  He is buried in Willesden New Cemetery

14-Apr

TOWNLEY, JOHN  RAFVR (976239), age: 29

Cpl

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Poplar.  He is buried in Lambeth Cemetery

14-Apr

FORD, JAMES BRANNIGAN  RAFVR (1007352), age: 25

WO

captured on 7 Sep 1941 whilst flying in Whitley Z6947 of 58 Sqn and died at Tor-Na-Dee, Milltimber, Aberdeenshire, from pulmonary TB and diabetes mellitus.  He is buried in Edinburgh (Liberton) Cemetery.

15-Apr

PEARSON, CHARLES HENRY  RAFVR (1024576), age: 35

WO

He was serving with No 24 Sqn at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained, but his death was registered in Boston.  He is buried in Skirbeck Quarter (St Thomas) Churchyard

16-Apr

WILKINS, LESLIE JOHN  RAFVR (1834327), age: 22

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Bridgend.  He is buried in Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery

16-Apr

McCABE, ARTHUR STANLEY  RAFVR (1502332), age: 23

WO

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Northallerton.  He is buried in Northallerton Cemetery

17-Apr

SHERIFF, CHARLES WILLIAM  AuxAF (870849), age: 47

AC1

He was serving with No 944 Sqn at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained, but his death was registered in Hull.  He is buried in Hull Eastern Cemetery

17-Apr

PRIESTLEY, MICHAEL THOMAS  RAFVR (1798793), age: Unknown

Cpl

He was serving with No 357 MU at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Padua War Cemetery

17-Apr

CAIRNS, JOHN MARLEY  RAFVR (2284657), age: 22

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Surrey M E.  He is buried in Hamilton West Cemetery

17-Apr

SNOW, KENNETH JOHN  RAFVR (2316470), age: 19

AC2

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Wenlock.  He is buried in Southampton Old Cemetery

18-Apr

BISGOOD, DOUGLAS LEONARD DFC RAF (41896), age: 27

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

JAMES, DAVID  RAF (577643), age: 23

Sig II

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

ANDERSON, JOHN SINGER  RAFVR (1567951), age: Unknown

P II

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W. Reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

BALDWIN, STANLEY  RAFVR (1644166), age: 25

Eng II

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

HIGGINS, PAUL BRAMALL  RAFVR (3030088), age: Unknown

Nav II

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

McMAHON, DONALD JAMES  RAFVR (171665), age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

MILES, RONALD  RAFVR (1651815), age: 24

Eng II

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

ORWIN, FRED  RAFVR (1452536), age: 22

Sig II

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

THOMPSON, ALBERT ALEXANDER  RAFVR (1592565), age: 23

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Halifax Met Mk 6, ST807 of No 202 Sqn, which came down in the sea at 62:00N 01:00W, reason unknown.  He is commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial

18-Apr

NICHOLL, SAMUEL JAMES  RAFVR (3225012), age: 21

Gun II

He was serving at RAF Fayid at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid War Cemetery

18-Apr

HARMAN, ALFRED FREDERICK  RAFVR (2291315), age: 19

AC2

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Bromley.  He is buried in Nunhead (All Saints) Cemetery

18-Apr

KIRBY, JAMES RICHARD  RAFVR (2280349), age: 19

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Croydon.  He is buried in Croydon (Mitcham Road) Cemetery

19-Apr

GIBSON, ARTHUR RAFVR (1309587) age: 34 LAC He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Southampton.  He is buried in Hale Cemetery.

20-Apr

WHALL, WILLIAM JOHN BOULTBEE  RAF (570575), age: 27

Sgt

He was serving with No 107 MU at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid War Cemetery

21-Apr

WHALL, WILLIAM JOHN BOULTBEE  RAF (570575), age: 27

Sgt

He was serving with No 107 MU and was murdered, shot in the head, while on duty by armed natives who raided his camp near Great Bitter Lake, Egypt.  He is buried in Fayid War Cemetery.

21-Apr

MANNING, PERCIVAL JOSEPH  RAF (328000), age: 45

Sgt

He was serving in the UK and died in Park Hospital, Hither Green, London, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Charlton Cemetery, Greenwich.

23-Apr

BENNETT, ERNEST WILLIAM  RAF (330257), age: 44

Cpl

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Jersey.  He is buried in St Helier (Mont-a-l'Abbe) New Cemetery, Jersey.

23-Apr

HUGHES, IVOR STANLEY  RAFVR (1657218), age: 39

LAC

He was serving in the UK and died at the Royal Infirmary, Liverpool, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Capel Curig (SS Curig and Julitta) Churchyard.

24-Apr

DONNELLY, JOHN  AuxAF (858934), age: 40

AC1

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Manchester.  He is buried in Moston (St Joseph's) Roman Catholic Cemetery

24-Apr

PHILLIPS, KENNETH MORGAN  RAFVR (914609), age: 27

LAC

He was serving in the UK and died at West Glamorgan County Hospital, Neath, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Neath (Llantwit) Cemetery.

24-Apr

TAIT, GEORGE CLARK  RAFVR (1057088), age: 33

LAC

He was serving in the UK and died in The Anderson Sanatorium, Hawick, from pulmonary TB.  He is buried in Kelso Cemetery.

24-Apr

McNICHOL, ANNIE MAY  WAAF (2154218), age: 20

ACW2

She was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Northallerton.  She is buried in Stirling (Ballengeich) Cemetery.

25-Apr

BAKER, WILLIAM  AuxAF (855151), age: 49

AC2

He was serving with No 921 Sqn at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained, but his death was registered in Liverpool N.  He is buried in Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery

25-Apr

McDONALD, WILLIAM  RAFVR (972906), age: 31

LAC

He was serving with No 945 Sqn and died in the Eastern District Hospital, Glasgow from aortic valvular disease and cardio vascular degeneration.  He is buried in Barrhead (St Conval's) Roman Catholic Cemetery.

25-Apr

MURPHY, JAMES  AuxAF (858139), age: 48

Cpl

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Manchester.  He is buried in Moston (St Joseph's) Roman Catholic Cemetery

26-Apr

THATCHER, DOUGLAS EDWARD ALLAN  RAFVR (3008235), age: 22

LAC

He was travelling on board the Empress of Scotland at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

26-Apr

COLEMAN, HAROLD ALBERT PEARCE  RAF (74082), age: 48

Sqn Ldr

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Bristol.  He was cremated at  Bristol (Arnos Vale) Crematorium

26-Apr

BADHAM, EDWARD GEORGE  RAF (1576504), age: 25

AC2

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Hereford.  He is buried in Hereford Cemetery

26-Apr

THURSTON, WILFRED KENNETH  RAF (104036), age: 39

Flt Lt

He was serving in the UK and died in the Cotswold Sanatorium, Cranham. Gloucestershire, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Shipston-on-Stour Cemetery.

27-Apr

LILLY, ALEXANDER FREDERICK  RAFVR (1687116), age: 25

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Portsmouth.  He is buried in Havant and Waterloo (Waterlooville) Cemetery

27-Apr

WHYTE, ADAM JAMES  RAFVR (3063746), age: 20

AC2

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Scotland?  He is buried in Rothes Old Churchyard

27-Apr

MUIR, JAMES  RAFVR (2270671), age: 19

AC2

He was serving in the UK and died in Ballochmyle Hospital, Ayrshire, from retroperitoneal sarcoma, and secondary sarcoma of the lungs.  He is buried in Troon Cemetery, Ayrshire.

27-Apr

GREENFIELD, REGINALD LESLIE  RAFVR (1243300), age: 37

LAC

He was serving in the UK and died in the County Hospital, Ashford, Kent, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Staines.  He is buried in Englefield Green Cemetery.

27-Apr

SOWDEN, ALBERT EDWARD  RAFVR (1643058), age: 43

AC2

He was serving in the UK and died at the Middleton Sanatorium, Ilkley, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Bradford (Scholemoor) Cemetery.

28-Apr

LUTTON, PETER MCFADYEN  RAFVR (2281602), age: 24

AC2

He was serving in the UK and died in Peterborough Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident at Norman Cross on the A1 when the lorry in which he was travelling from Peterborough North Railway Station to Abbots Ripton RAF camp, was in collision with a heavy commercial lorry.  He is buried in Glasgow (Cardonald) Cemetery.

28-Apr

SYMONS, JOHN ANTHONY  RAFVR (1403230), age: 41

LAC

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Cardiff.  He is buried in Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery.

28-Apr

WILD, ERIC  RAFVR (3087544), age: 18

AC2

He was serving in the UK and died in Peterborough Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident at Norman Cross on the A1 when the lorry in which he was travelling from Peterborough North Railway Station to Abbots Ripton RAF camp, was in collision with a heavy commercial lorry.  He is buried in Pontefract Cemetery.

28-Apr

EAGLES, ARTHUR REDVERS  RAF (505190), age: 47

WO

He was serving in the UK and died in the RAF Hospital, Wroughton, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Oaksey (All Saints) Churchyard.

29-Apr

LOWBRIDGE, ELIZABETH  WAAF (2175232), age: 25

Cpl

She was serving at RAF Celle at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  She is buried in Hanover War Cemetery

30-Apr

CHANDLER, DENNIS RAYMOND JAMES  RAF (184118), age: 24

Fg Off

He had possibly served with No 218 Sqn and died in the Middlesex Hospital, London W1, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained and was cremated at  South London Crematorium, Mitcham.

30-Apr

FRITH, ERIC HENRY  RAFVR (180475), age: 22

Fg Off

He was serving in the UK and died from injuries sustained when the saloon car in which he was travelling overturned on the Nottingham-Grantham road near Radcliffe.  He is buried in Beeston and Stapleford (Beeston) Cemetery.

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