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Casualties - February 1951


1 Feb 51

BUTLER, TOM  (358745) age: 33

WO

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 Dunfermline Cemetery

2 Feb 51

THOMAS, SYDNEY VINCENT  (3026128) age: 24

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV636 of No 229 OCU, which flew into Bishop Hill in Fife whilst flying under cloud in poor weather conditions and below his briefed height.  He is buried in Cadoxton Cemetery, Neath

5 Feb 51

TATE, GEOFFREY RHODES  (579155) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire FR Mk 18, TZ211 of No 208 Sqn, which he abandoned near Khartoum following an engine failure and fire in the cockpit, but he may have been too low.  He is buried in British Cemetery, Khartoum

5 Feb 51

MAPSTONE, PHILIP GEORGE  (915201) age: 36

A/Sgt

He was serving at RAF Fanara and was probably killed by terrorists.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

6 Feb 51

CHAPMAN, REX  (2486706) age: 21

AC2

He was killed whilst flying in Beaufighter TT Mk 10, RD544 of No 34 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Kelling in Norfolk after releasing the target drogue following engine problems.  He is buried in Embsay Memorial Cemetery, Skipton

6 Feb 51

WATSON, STANLEY JOHN  (1215603) age: 28

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Beaufighter TT Mk 10, RD544 of No 34 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Kelling in Norfolk after releasing the target drogue following engine problems.  He is buried in Bromley Hill Cemetery, Bromley

6 Feb 51

SOUTHWOOD, ALBERT GEORGE  (561633) age: 39

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Hendon but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in Hillingdon Cemetery

6 Feb 51

BARBER, ERIC  (2434240) age: 20

Cpl

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

8 Feb 51

HAWES, RONALD  (573829) age: 28

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito B Mk 35 of No 139 Sqn, which failed to recover from a steep dive bombing attack on the Wainfleet ranges.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Hayling Island

8 Feb 51

MORRISH, WILLIAM VICTOR JOHN  (1806322) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito B Mk 35 of No 139 Sqn, which failed to recover from a steep dive bombing attack on the Wainfleet ranges.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Hayling Island

8 Feb 51

MUFF, DAVID JOHN  (579465) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire PR Mk 19, PM614 of No 237 OCU, which flew into high ground near Bepton in Sussex whilst flying in poor weather conditions.  He is buried in Carlsbrooke Cemetery, Isle of Wight.

8 Feb 51

ROBERTSON, WILLIAM MCDONALD  (562864) age: 39

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF West Raynham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Norwich.  He is buried in Thornage Churchyard

9 Feb 51

ANDERSON, RONALD DEAN  (1400089) age: 29

Sgt

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 British Military Cemetery, Tripoli

11 Feb 51

DARE, HERBERT ARTHUR  (562076) age: 39

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Upavon but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon (41).  He is buried in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Upavon

11 Feb 51

LEWIS, RAYMOND CLIVE  (2503875) age: 20

AC2

He was serving at RAF Weeton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Fylde.  He is buried in Mathern Parish Church

13 Feb 51

BISSON, BASIL JOHN  (631309) age: 30

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Calshot at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in New Forest.  He is buried in Fawley Parish Churchyard

14 Feb 51

HARVEY, FRANK BOYD AFM  (1079283) age: 28

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, VW474 of No 203 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the North Sea off the Yorkshire coast, probably due to engine problems.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

14 Feb 51

LEE, ANTHONY SAMUEL  (607088) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, VW474 of No 203 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the North Sea off the Yorkshire coast, probably due to engine problems.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained.

14 Feb 51

DARBYSHIRE, HARRY  (2428303) age: 20

Off Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2A, EX530 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which dived into the ground near Miebo in Southern Rhodesia whilst making a climbing turn.  He is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery

15 Feb 51

ELLIS, BRUCE AUGUSTIEN  (3045992) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, VS859 of No 45 Sqn, which crashed near Pilah in Malaya following an explosion in the cannon bay during an operational sortie.  He is buried in Seramban Christian Cemetery, Malaya

15 Feb 51

KENT, WILLIAM  (1852236) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, VS859 of No 45 Sqn, which crashed near Pilah in Malaya following an explosion in the cannon bay during an operational sortie.  He is buried in Seramban Christian Cemetery, Malaya

15 Feb 51

McLELLAND, THOMAS  (4001123) age: 22

LAC

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

16 Feb 51

BAKER, DOUGLAS REGINALD HERBERT  (1177533) age: 30

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

BEARE, EDWARD STEPHEN  (3032039) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

CLERK, ELDIN ALLAN  (127219) age: 35

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

DAVIES, DANIEL DAVID  (177538) age: 40

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

HOLMES, WALTER CHARLES  (176924) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

MacDONALD, CHARLES  (549392) age: 33

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

MAHONEY, BRIAN THOMAS  (4016201) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

SHAND, ERLAND ERNEST  (81053) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ598 of No 201 Sqn, which flew into a mountain near Beja in Tunisia and burst into flames whilst off track and below its safety height.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Bizerta, Tunisia

16 Feb 51

ADAMS, GODFREY JOHN  (1562390) age: 27

Fg Off

He was serving at RAF Horsham St. Faith at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Northumberland N 2nd.  He is buried in Riddrie Park Cemetery

17 Feb 51

LANGFORD, EDWARD  (2479160) age: 21

Off Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VR309 of No 7 Flying Training School which flew into the ground at Greatham near Cottesmore whilst flying a snow storm.  He is buried in St Pauls Churchyard, Little Hulton

18 Feb 51

MARGERY, JAMES ALEXANDER  (1124060) age: 38

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Bishopbriggs 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 Abbey Cemetery, Johnstone

18 Feb 51

DUNDAS, IVAN DOUGLAS  (714412) age: 26

LAC

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 Tidworth Military Cemetery

18 Feb 51

DAVY, DENNIS HENRY  (139507) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX514 of the RAF Flying College, which made an emergency wheels up landing at Bromma in Sweden following engine and radio problems.  He is buried in Send Churchyard, Surrey

19 Feb 51

CHARD, ANTHONY JAMES  (4041823) age: 19

Off Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2A, EX378 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which dived into the ground at White Run in Southern Rhodesia after carrying out spins.  He is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery

19 Feb 51

WINTER, ALFRED PETER  (1587684) age: 27

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2A, EX378 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which dived into the ground at White Run in Southern Rhodesia after carrying out spins.  He is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery

21 Feb 51

JONES, ALBERT  (1658704) age: 45

Cpl

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 North Kesteven.  He is buried in Chapel Side Cemetery, West Bromwich

22 Feb 51

DONOVAN, ANTHONY EDWARD FRANCIS  (578466) age: 25

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ232 of No 73 Sqn, which failed to recover from dive and crashed near RAF Nicosia.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

23 Feb 51

GRIFFITHS, ANTHONY ARTHUR  (156932) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV605 of No 67 Sqn, which crashed on a GCA to Gutersloh.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

23 Feb 51

LYON, GORDON DENNIS  (3119403) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VW289 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which dived into the ground shortly after taking off from Stradishall.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Bangor

25 Feb 51

PEWTER, MICHAEL ANTHONY  (J1962035) age: 31

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Shawbury 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 Gorleston Crematorium

26 Feb 51

COPPING, GERRARD  (582274) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NB118 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground on an overshoot at Swinderby.  He is buried in Saltwell Cemetery, Gateshead.

26 Feb 51

HURST, DENNIS GEORGE FRANKLIN  (579858) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NB118 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground on an overshoot at Swinderby.  He is buried in St Germain's Churchyard, Thurlby

26 Feb 51

RUNCIMAN, JOHN HOWDEN  (1552705) age: 40

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NB118 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground on an overshoot at Swinderby.  He is buried in St Germain's Churchyard, Thurlby

26 Feb 51

BOOTH, WILLIAM  (2434312) age: 20

LAC

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 Sheffield Cemetery

26 Feb 51

MAHON, DOMINIC ANTHONY  (4006269) age: 23

LAC

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 St Paul's Cemetery, Glasnevin

27 Feb 51

HOLBROW, ALAN  (4037564) age: 24

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA677 of No 205 Advanced Flying School, which spun into the North Sea off the Durham coast, possibly due to oxygen starvation.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

28 Feb 51

VICKERS, NORMAN EDWARD  (1811738) age: 26

Off Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF659 of No 2 Flying Training School, which crashed near Cranwell in a steep turn at low level during a navigation exercise.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Derby

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