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Casualties - March 1951


1 Mar 51

BROWN-CONSTABLE, PETER BASIL  (202657) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA935 of No 1 Overseas Ferry Unit, which was lost without a trace over the Persian Gulf on a delivery flight to the RAAF.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

7 Mar 51

FREWER, THOMAS GRAY  (4038423) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NA905 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which crashed short of the runway on its second approach to Swinderby in bad visibility.  He is buried in Felixstowe Cemetery

7 Mar 51

MacFARLANE, RICHARD CHARLES NOEL  (579621) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, NA905 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which crashed short of the runway on its second approach to Swinderby in bad visibility.  He is buried in Townstall Cemetery, Dartmouth

7 Mar 51

JOHNSTON, ROBERT CAMERON  (2500026) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Greatworth at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Banbury.  He is buried in Prestonkirk Cemetery, East Linton

8 Mar 51

SCHOFIELD, IVOR HENRY  (190254) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF173 of No 22 Flying Training School, which crashed near Rugby following an engine failure due to severe icing.  He is buried in Scunthorpe Cemetery

8 Mar 51

DAVIDSON, ALAN  (4044558) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF Stoke Heath and was killed by an Army lorry at Sealand whilst standing in a queue for a bus.  He is buried in Chester (Blacon) Cemetery.

8 Mar 51

CROSS, RICHARD STEPHENSON  (3121831) age: 19

Off Cdt Plt

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.  He is buried in Moreton Say Cemetery, Market Drayton

9 Mar 51

HALES, GEORGE FRANCIS  (24188) age: 42

A/Wg Cdr

He was serving as the OC of RAF Sutton-on-Hull and was on parade when he collapsed in front of nearly 200 men and died within five minutes.  He was cremated at St Marylebone Crematorium.

9 Mar 51

GROUND, ERNEST JOHN  (653899) age: 29

Cpl

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

10 Mar 51

MARTIN, HORACE WILLIAM  (118819) age: 36

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM386 of No 224 Sqn, which ditched in the sea due to lack of fuel whilst returning to Gibraltar having aborted a flight to Lisbon when contact could not be made.  He is buried in North Front Cemetery, Gibraltar

10 Mar 51

WHITE, JAMES GEORGE  (2425976) age: 20

AC1

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

13 Mar 51

MEREDITH, IAN DAVIDSON  (607002) age: 23

Fg Off

He was fatally injured whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ241 of No 73 Sqn, which crashed in an attempted force landing at Morphou in Cyprus after it was damaged during a range firing practice.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery.

13 Mar 51

GUY, DENIS WILLIAM  (154035) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Firefly F Mk 1, ? of No 810 Sqn, HMS Thesus which crashed near Sariwon in Korea on its return from an attack on a railway bridge having sustained damage during the attack.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

14 Mar 51

BECK, WILFRED DAVIE  (3504773) age: 19

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground

14 Mar 51

BELL, JAMES WARREN  (1822719) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground

14 Mar 51

CLUCAS, RALPH  (3044661) age: 23

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground

14 Mar 51

FARQUHAR, GEORGE  (632957) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Buckie Cemetery

14 Mar 51

NAISMITH, JAMES  (575007) age: 28

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground

14 Mar 51

REID, HARRY SMITH DFC  (159582) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Groves Cemetery, Aberdeen

14 Mar 51

STRONG, ROBERT  (203610) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Brandwood End Cemetery, Birmingham

14 Mar 51

TENNISON, PETER  (176527) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, TX264 of No 120 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Sail Mhor in Ross & Cromarty during a night flight.  He is buried in Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground

14 Mar 51

FARQUHAR, WILLIAM GEORGE  (4156454) age: 21

SAC

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 Hillingdon Cemetery

16 Mar 51

O'HALLORAN, JOSEPH JOHN  (1909028) age: 24

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Church Fenton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained; however his death was registered in Doncaster in the 2nd Qtr.  He is buried in Ballyglass Cemetery

16 Mar 51

KANE, JOHN  (4037477) age: 19

AC1

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

18 Mar 51

GODSELL, RONALD CLIFFORD CHARLES  (2681566) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VZ404 of No 504 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Desford, cause unknown.  He was cremated at Wilford Hill Crematorium, West Bridgford

18 Mar 51

WILLMOT, ANTHONY GEORGE  (4034178) age: 20

LAC

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

18 Mar 51

TARPLEE, RONALD WALTER  (952631) age: 36

T/WO

He was serving at RAF Yatesbury at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Forest of Dean.  He is buried in Churcham Cemetery, Gloucester

19 Mar 51

HANNA, JAMES  (2681084) age: 30

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX249 of No 502 Sqn, which flew into Hope Mountain in Flintshire in bad weather whilst flying below the safety height on a different route to that which he had planned.  He is buried in Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast

19 Mar 51

HARPER, WILLIAM GEORGE  (1864599) age: 26

SAC

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 Pancras.  He is buried in St Margaret's Churchyard, Lowestoft

19 Mar 51

CLAYTON, BERNARD WILLIAM DSO, CGM(F), DFC  (143380) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Hastings C Mk 2, WD478 of the RAF Flying College, which stalled and dived into the ground whilst making a steep climb away from Strubby.  He is buried in Alderborough Cemetery, Boroughbridge

19 Mar 51

FLOWERS, ALAN EDWARD  (50858) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Hastings C Mk 2, WD478 of the RAF Flying College, which stalled and dived into the ground whilst making a steep climb away from Strubby.  He is buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery

20 Mar 51

CHRISTIE, JOHN STEWART DFC  (157629) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RK991 of No 85 Sqn, which he abandoned after the aircraft entered a spin but drowned before being rescued.  He is buried in West Malling Parish Churchyard

20 Mar 51

MACKENZIE, IAN JOHN DUNCAN  (1862730) age: 26

Fg Off

He was flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RK991 of No 85 Sqn, which he abandoned after the aircraft entered a spin but died from exposure before being rescued.  He is buried in Eltham New Cemetery

20 Mar 51

STEWART, EDWARD  (4027690) age: 21

AC1

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 Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

20 Mar 51

ROCHE, MICHAEL  (1799708) age: 45

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 Droitwich.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

22 Mar 51

AHMAD BIN CHIK,  (734147) age: 22

Cpl

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Simpang Empat Genting Cemetery, Malaya

22 Mar 51

ISHAK BIN AHMAD,  (734626) age: 21

LAC

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Kuala Kedah Cemetery, Kampong, Tengah

22 Mar 51

MAHADI BIN SAMAD,  (734955) age: 20

AC2

Neither the unit on which he was serving nor his cause of death have yet been ascertained.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

22 Mar 51

GIBBONS, BRIAN CAMPBELL  (3129629) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Melksham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained; however his death was registered in Maidenhead in the 3rd Qtr.  He is buried in Chingford Mount Cemetery

23 Mar 51

BLACKSTONE, MAURICE EDWARD DFC, AFC  (72257) age: 31

Sqn Ldr

He died from injuries sustained on 19 Mar 1951 whilst flying in Hastings C Mk 2, WD478 of the RAF Flying College, which stalled and dived into the ground whilst making a steep climb away from Strubby.  He is buried in Petersfield Cemetery

24 Mar 51

THOMAS, GWYN HARRIS  (514620) age: 39

Flt Sgt

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

24 Mar 51

ALLEN, JOHN  (2430315) age: 20

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 Chelmsford.  He is buried in Wickford Cemetery

24 Mar 51

PARRITT, RAYMOND COLIN  (2430004) age: 20

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 Chelmsford.  He is buried in Hounslow Cemetery

27 Mar 51

McKAY, WILLIAM  (2605754) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WB737 of No 11 Refresher Flying School, which crashed into the River Tay after failing to recover from a spin.  He is buried in West Linlithgow Cemetery

31 Mar 51

FORD, GRENVILLE CLIVE  (563873) age: 37

Flt Sgt

He was fatally injured when Dakota C Mk 4, KN231 of No 48 Sqn, shed a hatch during engine running which was then blown across the apron and hit him.  He is buried in Cheras Road Cemetery, Kuala Lumper

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