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Casualties - May 1951


1 May 51

RALPH, FRANCIS ALEXANDER OLIVER  (190550) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA678 of the Central Fighter Establishment which spun into the ground on the downwind leg of the circuit at West Raynham possibly due to fuel mismanagement.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, East Raynham

1 May 51

TAYLOR, HAROLD MYBURGH  (59479) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA678 of the Central Fighter Establishment which spun into the ground on the downwind leg of the circuit at West Raynham possibly due to fuel mismanagement.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, East Raynham

2 May 51

ASHTON, BASIL GEORGE BEM  (572301) age: 29

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VW156 of No 78 Sqn, which crashed near Fayid during a supply dropping demonstration when a parachute entangled itself around the tail unit.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

2 May 51

BEARD, JOHN MOUNTJOY  (578638) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VW156 of No 78 Sqn, which crashed near Fayid during a supply dropping demonstration when a parachute entangled itself around the tail unit.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

2 May 51

ROSS, IAN BRACKENRIDGE  (3084291) age: 23

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VW156 of No 78 Sqn, which crashed near Fayid during a supply dropping demonstration when a parachute entangled itself around the tail unit.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

2 May 51

YANDELL, RAYMOND DOUGLAS  (51254) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VW156 of No 78 Sqn, which crashed near Fayid during a supply dropping demonstration when a parachute entangled itself around the tail unit.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

2 May 51

SINCOCK, HERBERT HENRY  (3054073) age: 24

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire F Mk 3, VT794 of No 1 Overseas Ferry Unit, which dived into the ground near Southrop in Gloucestershire on the approach to land.  He is buried in Efford Cemetery, Plymouth

3 May 51

CHAMBERS, PETER WILLIAM  (4040944) age: 19

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP341 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which dived steeply from cloud into cottages at Brampton near Huntingdon during a high level cross country exercise.  He is buried in Charlton Cemetery

3 May 51

HITCHINGS, RICHARD HERBERT  (186205) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP341 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which dived steeply from cloud into cottages at Brampton near Huntingdon during a high level cross country exercise.  He is buried in Brookthorpe Churchyard

3 May 51

READ, PETER BERNARD  (3122322) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP341 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which dived steeply from cloud into cottages at Brampton near Huntingdon during a high level cross country exercise.  He is buried in Brampton Grange Churchyard

3 May 51

CHAMPION, KENNETH HENRY  (2491123) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF Chivenor at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Cambridge.  He was cremated at Woking Crematorium

5 May 51

ROBERTS, ROBERT IRWIN  (1418709) age: 29

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Church Lawford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Rugby.  He is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery

6 May 51

HODGSON, KENNETH JOHN  (577966) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE933 of No 64 Sqn, which dived into the ground out of cloud near Rawcliffe in Yorkshire whilst making a controlled descent through cloud.

7 May 51

CAMPBELL, EDWARD CLINTON  (2689068) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire F Mk 3, VV196 of No 614 Sqn, which hit the sea after rolling three times on pulling out of a dive on the ranges at Pembrey.  He is buried in Slvaelod y Brithdir Cemetery

8 May 51

CORDINER, ALEXANDER DUNCAN DFM  (1892398) age: 25

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Beaufighter TT Mk 10, RD812 of No 5 Sqn, which crashed near Watchet after hitting a tree whilst attempting to avoid power cables.  He is buried in Heanton Punchardon Churchyard

8 May 51

LAWTON, JAMES  (4006962) age: 25

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Beaufighter TT Mk 10, RD812 of No 5 Sqn, which crashed near Watchet after hitting a tree whilst attempting to avoid power cables.  He is buried in The Hill Cemetery, Ballymacoda, County Cork

9 May 51

MURPHY, THOMAS STEELE  (4042604) age: 25

Off Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX203 of No 6 Flying Training School which stalled and dived into the ground near Ternhill whilst flying at low level.  He is buried in Totnes Parish Churchyard

9 May 51

ELLIS, ROY JOSEPH  (2442031) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Swanton Morley at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Repton.  He is buried in Longton Cemetery, Stoke on Trent

11 May 51

NICHOLLS, WALTER ALEXANDER  (160679) age: 30

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Tiger Moth T Mk 2, T6866 of No 17 Refresher Flying School Sqn, which crashed near Burpham in Essex after hitting a tree when it descended below its safety height.  He is buried in North Benfleet Cemetery

12 May 51

NORMAN, KENNETH DOUGLAS  (1079418) age: 28

Sgt

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

12 May 51

BUTT, HENRY JAMES  (355648) age: 46

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 Chippenham.  He is buried in Glyn Taff Cemetery, Pontypridd

14 May 51

HARDING, ROBERT BRUCE  (4042182) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Changi and died.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

14 May 51

YOUDEN, LESLIE REGINALD  (4041857) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Changi and died.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

14 May 51

DAY, LEONARD ROY  (4022616) age: 23

SAC

He was serving at RAF Kirkham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Dudley.  He is buried in St Augustine’s Church, Holly Hall, Dudley

15 May 51

SHIPPAM, FRANCIS EDWARD  (3124159) age: 20

Plt Off

He was serving at RAF Feltwell at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Rugby.  He was cremated at Lodge Hill Crematorium, Selly Oak, Birmingham

18 May 51

FIELDING, EDMUND  (58133) age: 24

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF127 of No 6 Flying Training School which collided with FS753 of the same unit near Ledbury.  He is buried in Wallasey Cemetery

18 May 51

KOSMACK, CHARLES  (4081326) age: 18

AC2

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF127 of No 6 Flying Training School which collided with FS753 of the same unit near Ledbury.  He is buried in Newington Cemetery, Edinburgh

18 May 51

JONES, ROY WILLIAM  (2485378) age: 18

LAC

He was serving at RAF Leconfield at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Holderness.  He was cremated at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds

19 May 51

CORRE, HOWARD JOHN DFC  (120734) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Tiger Moth T Mk 2, DF211 of No 85 Sqn, which dived into the ground from a climbing turn near Offham in Kent.  He is buried in Kingswinford Churchyard, Worsley, Stourbridge.

19 May 51

BAKER, JOHN FREDERICK  (3038687) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA827 of No 245 Sqn, which crashed near Horsham St Faith following an engine fire whilst executing a roll.  He was cremated at Charing Crematorium

19 May 51

THOMAS, RHYS HENRY DSO, DFC  (83282) age: 33

A/Wg Cdr

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 Kensington.  He is buried in Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell

20 May 51

LOFTS, KEITH TEMPLE DFC and Bar  (90483) age: 33

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire F Mk 3, VF336 of No 604 Sqn, which stalled and spun into the ground at Cranbrook in Kent after the nose cowling came off in a high speed turn.  He is buried in St Laurence's Churchyard, Wromley, Broxbourne

20 May 51

MAGUIRE, MICHAEL  (627564) age: 30

Flt Sgt

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

20 May 51

REEMAN, DOUGLAS JAMES  (572397) age: 30

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Wattisham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Gipping.  He is buried in Moretonhampstead Churchyard

23 May 51

WILBRAHAM, GEOFFREY GEORGE  (563941) age: 37

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Celle at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Roos Cemetery, East Yorkshire

24 May 51

OWEN, MALDWYN JOHN  (2485700) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Kenley at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Romford.  He is buried in Rippleside Cemetery, Barking

25 May 51

BURKART, EUGENE PAUL  (4041445) age: 19

AC2

He was serving with No 128 Sqn and was possibly killed in a terrorist attack.  He is buried in Moascar Garrison Cemetery

25 May 51

BRADFORD, JAMES JOHN  (2496959) age: 18

AC1

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

28 May 51

OAKLEY, RALPH CAMPBELL  (3100970) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT189 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which hit the sea wall at Bradwell on Sea as it recovered from a shallow dive attack.  He is buried in Sanquhar Cemetery

28 May 51

BYATT, TREVOR JOHN  (2490213) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Colerne at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Eton.  He is buried in East Sheen & Richmond Cemetery

28 May 51

LONGSTAFF, RICHARD  (2490205) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Colerne at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Eton.  He is buried in Hayes & Harlington Cemetery

28 May 51

RUSSELL, JOHN AUBREY  (4001083) age: 22

AC1

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

28 May 51

HODGKINSON, NORMAN EMERSON  (2472860) 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.  He was cremated at Stoke on Trent Crematorium

29 May 51

BOWDEN, WILLIAM ELLIS  (40502) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 21, VS582 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into the ground during a BABS letdown to Hullavington after the REBECCA was operated incorrectly.  He is buried in London Road Cemetery, Chippenham

29 May 51

NEWTON-MOLD, EDWIN GEORGE  (127156) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 21, VS582 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into the ground during a BABS letdown to Hullavington after the REBECCA was operated incorrectly.  He is buried in Iffley Churchyard

29 May 51

LINDSAY, JOHN  (4043379) age: 19

Off Cdt Nav

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP382 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which crashed in the circuit after control was lost on a low level circuit on a dark night.  He is buried in London Road Cemetery, Chippenham

29 May 51

SMID, BORIVAJ  (788527) age: 32

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP382 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which crashed in the circuit after control was lost on a low level circuit on a dark night.  He is buried in London Road Cemetery, Chippenham

29 May 51

UPPARD, HAROLD  (551631) age: 30

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA604 of No 228 OCU Sqn, which side slipped into the ground at Exelby near Leeming during the final approach for an asymmetric landing.  He is buried in High Heaton Cemetery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

30 May 51

RENTON, JAMES  (4000939) age: 24

Off Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VS290 of No 7 Flying Training School which failed to recover from a flat spin and crashed near Kirby Underwood.  He is buried in Baghead Cemetery, Bathgate

31 May 51

WILSON, HERBERT  (53332) age: 45

Flt Lt

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

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