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Casualties - June 1948


01 Jun

CRIGHTON, JAMES PETER  (1809278) age: 23

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Tempest F Mk 6, NX180 of No 213 Sqn, which flew into the ground on Armil Island in the Red Sea and exploded whilst executing cross-over turn during a low level battle formation practice and long range navigation exercise.  He is buried in Asmara Municipal Cemetery

03 Jun

HEARD, FRANK  (2260619) age: 20

LAC

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

04 Jun

SMITH, WILLIAM DFC  (125580) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, RA477 of the Central Fighter Establishment which dived vertically into the ground near Swaffham in Norfolk whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Darvel Cemetery

05 Jun

WOODHAM, THOMAS CYRIL  (616148) age: 40

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Chivenor but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in Semley Cemetery, near Salisbury

05 Jun

SMITH, PATRICK STEWART VINCENT  (1620406) age: 34

Cpl

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Scotland?.  He is buried in Pennfuir Cemetery, Oban

05 Jun

RIMMINGTON, LEONARD BEM  (1494543) age: 44

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Sealand but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

06 Jun

SKERNE, SYDNEY TYLER  (575383) age: 25

Cpl

He was serving with No 76 Sqn at RAF Koggala at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Swinefleet Cemetery

06 Jun

ELLIOT, ROBERT  (508887) age: 40

WO

He was serving at RAF Eastleigh at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Forest Road Cemetery, Nairobi

06 Jun

WHITSTON, THOMAS COLLIS  (45016) age: 52

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Welford but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in LONDON Road Cemetery

08 Jun

AITKEN, CHRISTINA ROY  (2151460) age: 20

ACW2

She was killed or died whilst serving at RAF Gloucester, but her death was registered in Gloucester R.  She is buried in Seafield Cemetery, Bathgate

11 Jun

PIETKIEWICZ, STANISLAW  (P1480) age: 40

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at No 3 D Centre (P) at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 Jun

BOWLES, ALAN CECIL JOHNSON  (3085383) age: 23

AC2

He was serving at RAF Upwood at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Chichester.  He is buried in St Nicholas Parish Church, Arundel

13 Jun

McCAIRNS, JAMES ATTERBY DFC and 2 Bars, MM  (91315) age: 28

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 30, NT423 of No 616 Sqn, which flicked inverted and crashed near Finningley after speed was allowed to fall below the critical point following an engine failure.  He is buried at the crash site on East Formosa Mountain

13 Jun

SHAW, EDWARD  (2321296) age: 19

AC2

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 30, NT423 of No 616 Sqn, which flicked inverted and crashed near Finningley after speed was allowed to fall below the critical point following an engine failure.  He is buried in Dipton Cemetery

13 Jun

PEARCE, MAURICE LESLIE  (2378864) age: 18

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 West Bromwich.  He is buried in West Bromwich Cemetery

13 Jun

HERSEE, ERNEST ALFRED WILLIAM  (514744) age: 35

WO

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

14 Jun

FARISH, DANIEL  (1525675) age: 26

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 Liverpool N.  He is buried in Salterbeck Cemetery, Workington

15 Jun

PRIOR, ARTHUR  (561617) age: 35

Flt Sgt

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

15 Jun

O'CONNOR, MATHEW  (1911610) age: 22

AC2

He was serving at RAF North Luffenham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Stamford 3 Qtr.  He is buried in New Kilbannivane Cemetery

17 Jun

ROBINSON, EDWARD  (1548377) age: 41

Cpl

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

18 Jun

COOK, CHARLES  (506249) age: 44

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Lindholme at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Doncaster.  He is buried in Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby

19 Jun

GRAVER, FREDA ADA GRACE  (2801286) age: 19

ACW2

She was killed or died whilst serving at RAF Gloucester, but her death was registered in Lincoln 3 Qtr.  She is buried in Fulham Cemetery

20 Jun

FARROW, ROBERT EDWARD  (583861) age: 17

App Air

He was either serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London

26 Jun

McNEIL, LESLIE HOCKNELL  (1130768) age: 35

Flt Sgt

He was serving with the RAF Police at AHQ Levant and was killed whilst driving his jeep in Ismailia when he was “shot dead by robbers”.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery.

26 Jun

BOND, STEPHEN HENRY  (4021012) age: 19

AC1

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 Whitchurch.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

28 Jun

O'BRIEN, TERENCE BERNARD  (57572) age: 31

Fg Off

He was killed whilst serving with No 433 LDD and is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery.

29 Jun

BIRCH, JOHN  (195089) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito T Mk 3, RR292 of No 204 Advanced Flying School, which crashed in the circuit at Driffield after speed was allowed to fall below the critical point during a single engine approach and overshoot.  He is buried in Driffield Cemetery

29 Jun

JOHNSON, MAURICE ALFRED  (3000597) age: 22

Plt IV

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito T Mk 3, RR292 of No 204 Advanced Flying School, which crashed in the circuit at Driffield after speed was allowed to fall below the critical point during a single engine approach and overshoot.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

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