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Casualties - April 1950


2 Apr 50

DARROCH, ARCHIBALD GEORGE  (46683) age: 49

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Hucknall but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Portsmouth Cemetery

5 Apr 50

BAZEN, ALBERT EDWARD  (1898534) age: 25

Sig II

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NC615 of No 2 Air Navigation School Sqn, which broke up in steep dive and crashed near Horam in East Sussex.  He is buried in St Mary's Parish Church, West Malling

5 Apr 50

MURDOCH, GORDON JAMES  (591444) age: 28

Plt I

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NC615 of No 2 Air Navigation School Sqn, which broke up in steep dive and crashed near Horam in East Sussex.  He was cremated at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

5 Apr 50

RYDE, WILLIAM ALFRED  (167575) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NC615 of No 2 Air Navigation School Sqn, which broke up in steep dive and crashed near Horam in East Sussex.  He is buried in Duffield Cemetery

5 Apr 50

SELMAN, HARRY  (172996) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NC615 of No 2 Air Navigation School Sqn, which broke up in steep dive and crashed near Horam in East Sussex.  He is buried in St Mary's Church, New Mills

5 Apr 50

DOUGLAS, WILLIAM ARCHIBALD TURNBULL  (1553777) age: 33

AC1

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Befrule Village Cemetery

12 Apr 50

SCHREYECK, AUGUSTE VICTOR  (3110252) age: 20

Plt III

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, RA372 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which his aircraft struck the ground whilst attempting an overshoot at Stradishall after he selected airbrakes instead of flaps.  He is buried in Haverhill Cemetery

13 Apr 50

FORRESTER, ROBERT GORDON  (3021789) age: 24

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV231 of No 16 Sqn, which crashed onto the runway at Gutersloh after control was lost due to flying through the leader's slipstream on take off.  He was cremated at Sennefriedhof Crematorium, Bielefeld

13 Apr 50

BROOKS, JOHN ANDREW  (1867032) age: 25

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VZ410 of No 245 Sqn, which crashed in a high speed stall near Oxford as it attempted to recover from a dive.  He is buried in All Saints Cemetery, Harrow Weald

15 Apr 50

MATHESON, COLIN  (3122504) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF432 of No 2 Flying Training School, which crashed near South Cerney after control was lost during a night sortie.  He is buried in Littleover St Peter Churchyard

17 Apr 50

AVINS, ALFRED FREDERICK  (1863630) age: 29

Cpl

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth when he died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton following a long illness.  He is buried in Horley Parish Church.

19 Apr 50

SPELLER, PETER WILLIAM  (68159) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT146 of No 1 Sqn, which collided with VT243 of the same unit and lost its tail unit.  He is buried in St Andrew's Churchyard, Tangmere

19 Apr 50

LE POER TRENCH, MICHAEL BARNARD  (3045653) age: 22

Fg Off

He died from exposure after abandoning Vampire FB Mk 5, VV565 of No 247 Sqn, which collided with a Lincoln during a practice attack off Swanage.  It was several hours before he was rescued.  He is buried in Odiham Cemetery.

19 Apr 50

WAITE, JAMES ROBERT  (2467955) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF West Kirby at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bradford.  He is buried in Bowling Cemetery, Bradford

20 Apr 50

BRIERS, JOHN EDWARD CHRISTOPHER  (2275964) age: 23

Plt III

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito FB Mk 6, RS528 of No 23 Sqn, which failed to recover from a spin and dived into Druridge Bay in Northumberland.  

20 Apr 50

CHEESEMAN, WALTER EDWARD  (154871) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito FB Mk 6, RS528 of No 23 Sqn, which failed to recover from a spin and dived into Druridge Bay in Northumberland.  

23 Apr 50

GANT, RONALD  (2681015) age: 27

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire F Mk 22, PK483 of No 502 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Bainbridge in Northern Ireland as it emerged from cloud.  He is buried in Drumbeg Parish Churchyard, Dunmurray

24 Apr 50

RAMSBOTTOM-ISHERWOOD, HENRY NEVILLE GYNES DFC, AFC  (29116) age: 44

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT185 of the Met Sec, RAF West Malling which dived into the ground after the pilot lost control in a snowstorm.  He is buried in Felixstowe Cemetery

24 Apr 50

JENKINS, RICHARD WARWICK  (607050) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VW287 of the 226 OCU which lost its wings in a high speed dive shortly after taking off from Stradishall.  He is buried in Curdbridge Cemetery, Southampton.

25 Apr 50

WELCH, FRANK GEORGE  (59533) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WB559 of the Oxford UAS which he abandoned after it became uncontrollable in a spin, but his parachute failed to deploy.  He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium

25 Apr 50

JARRETT, DEREK GEOFFREY WILLIAM  (4042318) age: 18

AC2

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

26 Apr 50

NEWPORT, DONALD EDWIN STEVEN  (3038413) age: 24

Plt IV

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, VW640 of No 203 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground near Carnaby after stalling in a steep turn in the circuit.  He is buried in Driffield Cemetery

26 Apr 50

ELLIOTT, WILLIAM NORMAN  (2444008) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Cranwell at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bromley.  He is buried in St Luke's Cemetery, Bromley

27 Apr 50

HATCHER, DEREK ALFRED  (4019865) age: 21

AC2

He was serving at RAF Boscombe Down when he was found 'shot dead' in the kitchen of a house in Porton, with a 12-bore shotgun beside him.  He is buried in Porton Church, Porton, Salisbury.

27 Apr 50

FEENEY, PETER PAUL  (526969) age: 34

Flt Sgt

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Southwark (36).  He is buried in Hendon Park Cemetery

28 Apr 50

DYKES, WILFRED AUGUSTINE  (165996) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA616 of No 1 OFU, which was lost without a trace over Libya during a ferry flight.  

28 Apr 50

HUTT, WILFRED HENRY JOHN  (185901) age: 22

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA616 of No 1 OFU, which was lost without a trace over Libya during a ferry flight.  

29 Apr 50

LEACH, JOSEPH HARRISON  (349937) age: 48

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Topcliffe at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Northallerton.  He is buried in St Columba Churchyard, Topcliffe

30 Apr 50

CHALK, ARTHUR JAMES  (921338) age: 48

Cpl

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 Halton Cemetery

30 Apr 50

KINGETT, GEORGE VICTOR DFM  (49098) age: 38

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Leighton Buzzard but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Halton Cemetery

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