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Casualties - December 1947


01-Dec

MADGE, ALAN JOHN  RAF (39098), age: 29

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford T Mk 1, PH355 of No 1 PRFU, which crashed in a flat spin whilst practicing stall near Moreton in Marsh.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

01-Dec

MYLCHREEST, WILLIAM HOOPER  RAFVR (1670237), age: 24

LAC

He was on the strength of No 1 Personnel Holding Unit, Innsworth and died at RAF Station Hospital, Kirkham, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Birkenhead (Landican) Cemetery.

01-Dec

SANDY, JOHN DAVID  RAF (411708), age: 54

WO

He was serving with No 6 Recruits Centre and died at RAF Innsworth, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Oscott College Cemetery, Birmingham.

01-Dec

MAXWELL, FRANK  RAFVR (1662770), age: 32

Cpl

He was serving in the UK and died at The County Sanatorium, Markfield, Leicestershire, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He was cremated at  Leicester City (Gilroes) Crematorium.

01-Dec

BUTCHER, ERNEST EDMUND  RAFVR (1355003), age: 39

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 Surrey S W.  He is buried in Guildford (Stoke) New Cemetery.

02-Dec

ROTHWELL, FREDERICK WILLIAM  RAFVR (1274445), age: 37

AC2

He was serving in the UK and died in Ashford County Hospital, Stanwell, Middlesex, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He was cremated at  Mortlake Crematorium.

02-Dec

BONNICK, EDWARD ROBERT  RAF (344107), age: 49

Sgt

He was serving in the UK and died at The Home, Ashurst, Southampton, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Fawley (All Saints) Churchyard.

03-Dec

ARMS, JAMES THOMAS  RAFVR (3102341), age: 18

AC2

He was serving with No 11 MU and was killed when a stack of 20lb American fragmentation bombs exploded at a bomb dump at Grovely Wood, between Wilton and Dinton, near Salisbury.  He is buried in Abney Park Cemetery.

03-Dec

GURD, DENNIS GERALD  RAFVR (4022884), age: 19

AC2

He was serving with No 1 Parachute Training School when his body was found on the main Salisbury to London railway line, his death being registered in Salisbury.  He is buried in Salisbury (London Road) Cemetery.

03-Dec

HILL, OLIVER FRANCIS  RAFVR (2354520), age: 18

AC2

He was serving with No 11 MU and died from injuries sustained when a stack of 20lb American fragmentation bombs exploded at a bomb dump at Grovely Wood, between Wilton and Dinton, near Salisbury.  He is buried in St Teath(St Thetha) Churchyard.

04-Dec

COLE, ROY ARCHIBALD  RAFVR (2369821), age: 18

AC2

He was serving with No 6 Recruits Centre at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Gloucester R.  He is buried in Halesowen Cemetery.

04-Dec

TURNER, JOHN WILLIAM  RAFVR (1418089), age: 45

LAC

He had been discharged from the RAF in 1946 and died in The City General Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent from thrombosis in the right renal vein and mulitiple pulmonary emboli due to chronic lung abscess.  He is buried in Stoke-on-Trent (Longton) Cemetery.

05-Dec

FOSTER, JAMES  RAF (574065), age: 25

Cpl

He was serving at HMS Daedalus at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He was cremated at  Bristol (Arnos Vale) Crematorium.

05-Dec

JOHNSON, PETER HERBERT  RAFVR (1587079), age: 24

Flt Sgt

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 Dorchester.  He is buried in Dorchester Cemetery, Dorset.

06-Dec

GAWTHROPE, WILLIAM THOMAS  RAF (2370485), age: 18

AC2

He was undergoing training with No 5 Recruits Centre, when he fell ill but refused to report sick and died whilst home on leave at the end of his course, his death being registered in Greenwich.  He is buried in Woodford (Roding Lane) Cemetery.

07-Dec

MORGAN, DAVID EDWARD  AuxAF (187267), age: Unknown

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire LF Mk 16, RW355 of No 614 Sqn, which he abandoned near Long Sutton in Somerset but his parachute failed to deploy due to the low altitude.  He had been attempting to recover to base following a collision with another aircraft in the formation.  He is buried in Tyncoed Congregational Chapelyard.

07-Dec

PERRY, GEORGE HAROLD  RAF (43910), age: 49

Sqn Ldr

He was serving with AHQ (S) India and died at Mauripur, Karachi, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Karachi War Cemetery.

07-Dec

GANNON, JOHN DANIEL BERT  RAFVR (4002920), age: Unknown

AC1

He was serving at HQ BC Air Japan at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Yokohama War Cemetery.

07-Dec

APPLEYARD, ERIC  RAFVR (2202943), age: 31

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 Cannock.  He is buried in Cannock Cemetery.

07-Dec

FYANS, WILLIAM HENRY  RAFVR (1529795), age: 39

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 Salford.  He is buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery.

09-Dec

SCANLAN, JAMES EDWARD  RAFVR (3045214), age: 20

Sgt

He was serving with No 63 MU at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Stepney.  He is buried in Chipstead (St Margaret) Churchyard.

10-Dec

COWOOD, CHARLES  RAF (196541), age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 1, PX282 of No 64 Sqn, which dived into the ground and burnt out after stalling on the approach to Linton on Ouse.  He is buried in Sheffield (City Road) Cemetery.

10-Dec

BRYAN, HERMAN CONSTANTINE  RAFVR (605722), age: 27

LAC

He was serving at RAF Manston at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Bristol.  He is buried in Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery.

10-Dec

CONNOR, WILLIAM  RAFVR (1081120), age: 30

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 Preston (New Hall Lane) Cemetery.

10-Dec

MILLER, ROBERT  RAFVR (982504), age: 32

LAC

He had probably been discharged when he died in Robroyston Hospital, Glasgow, due to Pulmonary TB, from which he had been suffering for four years, toxaemia and cardiac failure.  He is buried in Cathcart Cemetery.

11-Dec

SMITH, WILLIAM  RAFVR (1535929), age: 43

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 Newcastle upon Tyne.  He is buried in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (West Road) Cemetery

13-Dec

EDMONDSON, LESLIE  RAFVR (1076495), age: 43

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 Burnley.  He is buried in Burnley Cemetery

14-Dec

DICKERSON, DENNIS FRANK  RAFVR (910124), age: 27

LAC

He was serving in the UK and died at 1 Gurney Road, Costessey, Norwich, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk.

14-Dec

HOWELL, JOSEPH  RAFVR (1062552), age: Unknown

Cpl

He was serving with No 5 Personnel Despatch Centre at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Halton (St Michael) Churchyard.

15-Dec

TURNER, KENNETH HILLARY WALTON  RAFVR (203300), age: 21

Plt Off

He was serving with No 2865 Sqn RAF Regiment and was killed as the result of a motor accident.  He is buried in Munster Heath War Cemetery.

15-Dec

SAUL, THOMAS DEREK  RAF (42080), age: 28

Flt Lt

He had been serving with No 44 MU and died from a duodenal ulcer which he had originally been admitted to hospital with on 25 Jun 1943.  He is buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery

15-Dec

DREW, ALFRED  RAF (628406), age: 26

LAC

He had been discharged from te RAF in 1943 on medical grounds and his body was found on the railway line at Chelsfield, Kent, having taken his own life.  He is buried in Kingsway New Cemetery.

15-Dec

SPINK, WILFRED HERBERT  RAF (327773), age: 45

Cpl

He had been discharged from the RAF and was working as a school caretaker.  He collapsed while lighting the school fires at Latimer Road School, and suffered burns but was dead on arrival at Hammersmith Hospital.  He is buried in Mortlake Cemetery.

16-Dec

MARTIN, SAMUEL GEORGE  RAFVR (121236), age: 49

Flt Lt

He was serving in the UK and died at 50 Lyme Road, Leicester, due to pthisis pulmonaris.  He is buried in Leicester (Gilroes) Cemetery.

17-Dec

CRITCHLEY, KENNETH ARTHUR  RAF (548992), age: 30

Flt Sgt

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

17-Dec

WATERHOUSE, DAVID WILLIAM  RAFVR (1082900), 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 Wharfedale.  He was cremated at  Leeds (Lawns Wood) Crematorium

18-Dec

BELLIS, WILLIAM EDWARD  RAFVR (4012248), age: 19

AC2

He was serving with No 128 MU at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid War Cemetery

18-Dec

RAINBIRD, LEONARD ALBERT  RAFVR (1384523), age: 39

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 Bethnal Green.  He is buried in City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park.

18-Dec

LAWRENCE, WILLIAM NORMAN  AuxAF (864150), age: 37

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 Fareham Cemetery

18-Dec

REDMAN, HAROLD VICTOR  RAF (49717), age: 51

Flt Lt

He was a retired Equipment Officer and died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Toxemia from which he had been suffering for the previous 2 years at home at Umtali, Southern Rhodesia.  He is buried in Mutare Cemetery.

19-Dec

MORRISON, CYRIL  RAF (507425), age: 40

Sgt

He was serving with No 1 Parachute Training School and died in the Princess Mary's RAF Hospital, Halton, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Halton (St Michael) Churchyard.

19-Dec

BRITTON, ALFRED SAMUEL  RAF (62035), age: 49

Flt Sgt

He was serving in the UK and died in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Boscombe, Bournemouth, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Christchurch Cemetery.

19-Dec

JACOBS, GEORGE FREDERICK  RAF (504842), age: Unknown

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF St Athan and died in the RAF Hospital, St Athan, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Llantwit Major Cemetery.

19-Dec

O'DONNELL, WILLIAM DONALDSON  RAFVR (965105), age: 38

Sgt

He had been discharged from the RAF and died at 16 Newton Street, Paisley, from Pulmonary TB and pulmonary haemorrhage.  He was cremated at  Paisley (Woodside) Crematorium.

20-Dec

GARRAHY, JAMES JOSEPH  RAF (1174457), age: 33

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 Bethnal Green.  He is buried in Leytonstone (St Patrick's) Roman Catholic Cemetery

20-Dec

THAKE, BERNARD ROSS  RAFVR (2342250), 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 Tonbridge.  He is buried in Rusthall (St Paul) New Churchyard

21-Dec

SKLAN, HARRIS SAMUEL  RAFVR (2252676), age: 23

Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Hospital, St Athan where he died, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Willesden Jewish Cemetery.

21-Dec

HARDEY, VERNON LENERD ARTHUR  RAFVR (1250473), age: 27

LAC

He was on the strength of No 1 Personnel Holding Unit, Innsworth and died in Sully Hospital, near Penarth, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Neath (Llantwit) Cemetery.

21-Dec

JONES, ARTHUR ROBERT  RAFVR (1404449), 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 Haverfordwest.  He is buried in Milford Haven Cemetery

21-Dec

TRENOWETH, JOHN ABNER  RAF (646712), 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 Redruth.  He is buried in Penzance (Paul) Cemetery

22-Dec

FEASBY, RONALD  RAF (634505), age: 29

P II

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 1, PX274 of No 64 Sqn, which crashed into high ground near Bacup in Lancashire whilst descending through cloud.  He is buried in Eston Cemetery

22-Dec

PARSONS, BERNARD PETER A.  RAFVR (1811222), age: 24

P IV

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX296 of No 7 SFTS, which crashed and burnt out after hitting a farm building at Stiffkey in Norfolk during unauthorised low flying.  He is buried in Stiffkey (St John) Churchyard

22-Dec

WEST, HAROLD DAVID  RAF (650408), age: 25

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Sutton-on-Hull and died in The Base Hospital, Beverley, East Yorkshire, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Cloughton Church Cemetery.

22-Dec

HAMILTON, JAMES  RAF (632335), age: 42

Sgt

He had probably been discharged from the RAF when he died in the Western Infirmary, Glasgow from a duodenal ulcer and post operative shock.  He is buried in Glasgow (Lambhill) Cemetery.

23-Dec

PEARCE, FRANCIS THOMAS WILLIAM  RAFVR (1192465), age: Unknown

Sgt

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 commemorated on the  Runnymede Memorial.

23-Dec

BALDOCK, HARRY TYRE (JIM)  RAF (636881), age: 28

Cpl

He was serving with No 84 MU and died in The Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Elham Burial Ground.

23-Dec

EDMONDS, GERALD BENJAMIN  RAFVR (2345617), age: 18

AC2

He was serving with No 5 Recruits Centre at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Southwark.  He is buried in or was cremated at  Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery and Crematorium.

25-Dec

MELLOWS, COLIN DEREK REX  RAFVR (2285943), age: 20

Cpl

He was serving as a PT Instructor in Ceylon and was killed in a road accident, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Colombo (Lliveramentu) Cemetery.

25-Dec

ANSETT, FRANK GILBERT  RAFVR (3078804), age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Katukarunda at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Colombo (Lliveramentu) Cemetery.

25-Dec

WILLIAMS, WALTER TRAVIS SWIRE DSC RAFVR (74396), age: 50

Sqn Ldr

He was serving with the Air Ministry and died in the RAF Hospital, Ely following an operation  He is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery.

27-Dec

MATTHEWS, ARTHUR  RAF (35237), age: 52

Wg Cdr

He was on the strength of No 1 Personnel Holding Unit, Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital, Wroughton, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery.

28-Dec

BAILEY, FRANK WILSON  RAF (82195), age: 43

Fg Off

He had been serving with No 39 Sqn and was found dead in his lodgings at Ruislip, with an envelope of barbitone capsules beside him, a verdict of suicide by barbitone poisoning was returned.  He is buried in Ruislip (St Martin) Churchyard Extension.

28-Dec

CULLEN, WALTER THOMAS  RAFVR (2321747), age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Welford and died in St. Martins Hospital, Bath, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Witham (All Saints) Churchyard.

28-Dec

BAILEY, JOHN STANLEY  RAFVR (3111153), age: 18

AC2

He was serving with No 5 Recruits Centre at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been ascertained but his death was registered in Brighton.  He is buried in Hurstpierpoint New Cemetery.

29-Dec

AMOR, JAMES HERBERT  RAFVR (747235), age: 42

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 Colchester.  He is buried in St Osyth Cemetery

30-Dec

BUSHELL, FRANK WALTER  AuxAF (845004), age: 42

Cpl

He had served with No 906/907 Sqn but died after being discharged on medical grounds, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Harrow (Harrow Weald) Cemetery.

30-Dec

BLOFIELD, BERNARD REGINALD  RAF (147076), age: 39

Fg Off

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 was cremated at  Mortlake Crematorium

31-Dec

WALKER, ARTHUR JOHN  RAF (57372), age: 33

Fg Off

He was serving with No 61 Sqn, RAF Regiment at the time of his death, the cause of which has yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Hanover War Cemetery.

31-Dec

ABDUL SATAR KHALIL  IL (9292), age: Unknown

Pvt

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

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