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Casualties - May 1950


1 May 50

GRAY, THOMAS  (61854) age: 34

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Driffield and died from injuries sustained in a road accident near Driffield, when his car overturned on a sharp right-hand bend.  He is buried in Driffield Cemetery.

1 May 50

GENDERS, GEORGE ERIC CLIFFORD AFC, DFM  (120165) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in DH 108, TG283 of the RAE, which crashed at Hartley Wintney whilst carrying out stalling trails.  He was cremated at Bournemouth Crematorium.

1 May 50

McKINLAY, JAMES WILSON  (4024331) age: 20

AC1

He was serving at RAF Heany at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery

1 May 50

DAVIES, ALAN FREDERICK  (4030137) age: 19

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Ismailia at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Moascar Garrison Cemetery

3 May 50

SIMMONDS, HILDA MAY  (2173906) age: 21

ACW1

She was killed or died whilst serving at RAF Gloucester, but her death was registered in Ilford.  She is buried in Rippleside Cemetery, Barking

4 May 50

ALSTON, FRANCIS COLIN  (58773) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV448 of No 16 Sqn, which dived into the ground at Gutersloh, cause unknown.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

4 May 50

HUSSEY, SIDNEY FREDERICK GEORGE  (45266) age: 40

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF West Drayton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Pancras.  He is buried in Hither Green Cemetery

7 May 50

SPEAKE, ARNOLD  (536480) age: 31

Sgt

He was on the strength of RAF Warton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Preston.  He is buried in Carleton Cemetery, Blackpool

7 May 50

OTTER, FREDERICK WILLIAM  (44309) age: 39

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF West Drayton and died suddenly from a bee sting at his home in Naunton Beauchamp.  He is buried in Naunton Beauchamp Cemetery, Pershore.

9 May 50

BARDOE, PETER COLIN  (1331453) age: 27

Nav I

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, PH864 of the AHQ Greece Communication Sqn, which flew into high ground near Volos in Greece whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Phaleron Military Cemetery

9 May 50

REDMAYNE, PETER WILLIAM  (58980) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, PH864 of the AHQ Greece Communication Sqn, which flew into high ground near Volos in Greece whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Phaleron Military Cemetery

9 May 50

PEGGE, CONSTANTINE OLIVER JOSEPH DFC and Bar  (41317) age: 35

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT234 of the Central Fighter Establishment which flew into the Wash whilst descending in mist and fog.  He is buried in East Raynham Churchyard

10 May 50

MILLER, LESLIE ARMSTRONG  (83376) age: 46

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in EoN Olympia 1, G-ALLS from RAF Detling which crashed during aerobatics near the station.  He is buried in Detling Churchyard Extension.

11 May 50

ARCHER, LESLIE WILLIAM  (54609) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 May 50

BRADNOCK, E  () age:

Cdt Flt Sgt

He was on an ATC Summer Camp and was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 May 50

BUCKLE, RONALD HENRY FREDERICK AFM  (3036500) age: 23

Nav II

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

11 May 50

CONAGHAN, TERRANCE JOHN  (1493487) age: 28

Gnr I

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  

11 May 50

FENION, WILLIAM SMITH  (1372914) age: 29

Gnr II

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

11 May 50

JONES, PETER VAUGHAN  (56163) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  

11 May 50

LOUBSER, PIETER GERHARDUS  (4016805) age: 23

Gnr II

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

11 May 50

McGRIGOR, ALEXANDER KENNETH  (3037093) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  

11 May 50

MITCHELL, DAVID  (1823806) age: 24

Eng II

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  

11 May 50

SHERWOOD, GEORGE  (3012853) age: 24

Gnr II

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX957 of No 148 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Vampire VZ188 of No 213 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  

11 May 50

DABROWSKI, STANISLAW  (704873) age: 28

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ188 of No 213 Sqn, which was involved in a head-on collision with Lincoln, SX957 of No 148 Sqn during a fighter affiliation.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

12 May 50

HINDE, FRANK  (578690) age: 24

Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VR266 of No 2 Flying Training School, which dived into the ground on the approach to South Cerney.  He is buried in Staveley Cemetery

13 May 50

SMITH, ALAN  (2435629) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Aldergrove at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in N Ireland?.  He is buried in Duke Street Cemetery, Southport

14 May 50

HARRIES, RAYMOND HILEY DSO and Bar, DFC and 2 Bars  (87449) age: 34

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VW267 of No 92 Sqn, which he abandoned after running out of fuel near Worksop but his parachute became entangled in the tailplane.  He is buried in Newton on Ouse Churchyard

15 May 50

COULTAS, JOHN JAMES  (1231271) age: 26

AC2

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 was cremated at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh

17 May 50

STRATHERN, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE DFC and Bar  (59269) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire F Mk 3, VG699 of the Overseas Ferry Unit which broke up during a slow roll over the airfield at Istres in France.  He is buried in Istres (Les Rouquiers) Cemetery

18 May 50

MEADOWCROFT, DEREK CHARLES  (582057) age: 22

Off Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, EX375 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which collided with EX535 of the same unit near Bulawayo.  He is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery

19 May 50

JACKSON, FREDERICK WILLIAM  (574168) age: 27

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Ringstead at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Weymouth.  He is buried in Brooklands Cemetery, Baguley, Mamchester

20 May 50

HUMPHREYS, WILLIAM HUGH  (4036985) age: 24

AC2

He was serving at RAF Binbrook and died following an amateur boxing match following a blow to the stomach, his death was registered in Pontpridd.  He was cremated at Glytaff Crematorium, Cardiff.

21 May 50

EVANS, KENNETH JOHN  (2687612) age: 25

Plt II

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire F Mk 22, PK385 of No 610 Sqn, which crashed near the Point of Ayr in Flintshire after control was lost whilst carrying out low level aerobatics.  He is buried in Moreton Wirral Parish Church

22 May 50

HOPKINS, CYRIL LESLIE  (4035625) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Abingdon and was killed when the lorry carrying 26 Servicemen returning from week-end leave, overturned on a sharp bend near Didcot railway station.  He is buried in Sittingbourne Cemetery.

22 May 50

THOMSON, JOHN  (2420897) age: 19

AC2

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

25 May 50

WHITBOURN, THOMAS WILLIAM  (47419) age: 46

Wg Cdr

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Ely as his death was registered in Ely.  He is buried in Hornchurch Cemetery

26 May 50

DIXON, RICHARD WILLIAM MICHAEL  (607044) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT173 of No 1 Sqn, which spun into the ground on the crosswind leg of the circuit at Tangmere following an engine failure.  He is buried in Stamford Cemetery.

29 May 50

CARROLL, PETER  (534803) age: 32

Sgt

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Liverpool N.  He was cremated at Thornton Garden of Rest Crematorium, Bootle

30 May 50

SELF, KENNETH  (2428277) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Cranwell and died in Westwood Hospital, Beverley after his motor-cycle collided the night before with a car going in the opposite direction near Beverley racecourse.  He was cremated at Hull Crematorium.

31 May 50

NICHOLLS, WILSON HENRY  (4029209) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Wymeswold and drowned in the River Teme at Powick, near Worcester after getting into difficulties while swimming.  Although friends managed to get him to the side they were unable to retain their hold on him.  He is buried in St John's Church, Worcester.

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