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Casualties - November 1951


1 Nov 51

JONES, KENNETH THOMAS GEORGE  (1419693) age: 28

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, VZ497 of No 56 Sqn, which collided with WA940 of the same unit on the runway at Waterbeach after landing.  He is buried in Waterbeach Cemetery

1 Nov 51

BALDWIN, GEORGE IAN ANGUS  (2360120) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA940 of No 56 Sqn, which collided with VZ497 of the same unit on the runway at Waterbeach after landing.  He is buried in Waterbeach Cemetery

1 Nov 51

HARDEN, FRANK  (2446770) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Lytham but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in City of London Cemetery

4 Nov 51

GROVES, CHARLES THOMAS  (4034212) age: 20

AC1

He was serving at RAF Leeming and was killed in a motoring accident.  He was cremated at Newcastle upon Tyne Crematorium.

5 Nov 51

PROCTER, PAUL MICHAEL  (41737) age: 37

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, PG312 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which crashed at Llanidloes in Montgomeryshire after both engines failed due to fuel starvation.  He is buried in Felpham Cemetery, Sussex

5 Nov 51

ROBERTS, DENNIS JOHN  (4039593) age: 23

AC2

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

6 Nov 51

LESLIE, CHARLES  (3021040) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA423 of No 229 OCU, which crashed into sand dunes short of the runway at Chivenor during a GCA letdown.  He is buried in Heanton Punchardon Churchyard

6 Nov 51

BIRD, IVOE CURTIS OBE  (01588) age: 42

A/A/Cdre

He was serving as the Air Attache to Moscow where he died suddenly in hospital from pneumonia.  He was cremated.

7 Nov 51

COBB, JOHN  (3507027) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA305 of No 202 Advanced Flying School, which crashed into mountains at Ruabon in Denbighshire, probably whilst descending through cloud thinking he was over Conway Bay.  He is buried in Herne Bay Cemetery

7 Nov 51

WATTS, HARRY DAVIS  (1669765) age: 53

Cpl

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

8 Nov 51

WILLIS, DAVID HENRY  (2453293) age: 20

SAC

He was killed when he was struck by a propeller of Washington B Mk 1, WF552 of No 15 Sqn, just after start up at RAF Coningsby.  He is buried in Old Brentford Cemetery

8 Nov 51

HAZLEWOOD, JACK  (620688) age: 31

T/Sgt

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

9 Nov 51

FROST, DERRICK  (4057657) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Kidlington at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Ploughley.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

9 Nov 51

OLIVER, FRANK  (4073371) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Kirkham and was found dead in his bed in Hut 27 during morning reveille.  He is buried in Rotherham Cemetery.

11 Nov 51

BROOM, GEOFFREY LEONARD  (3133921) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Hereford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Luton.  He is buried in Bletchley U.D.C. Cemetery

12 Nov 51

HELM, GEOFFREY JOHN ROGER  (3129578) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Hawarden and died in Chester Royal Infirmary from injuries sustained when he collided with a broken down lorry near RAF Sealand.  He is buried in Landican Cemetery, Birkenhead.

14 Nov 51

MASON, GORDON JAMES  (4001591) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RL184 of No 228 OCU Sqn, which crashed at Leeming after hitting a tree whilst flying at low level over the airfield.  He is buried in Elswick Cemetery, Newcatle upon Tyne

14 Nov 51

PEACOCK, GEOFFREY  (582323) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RL184 of No 228 OCU Sqn, which crashed at Leeming after hitting a tree whilst flying at low level over the airfield.  He was cremated at Sheffield Crematorium

16 Nov 51

CROCKART, WILLIAM  (1568226) age: 27

Sgt

He was drowned after becoming trapped in the cockpit of Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ565 of No 236 OCU, which crashed on landing at Calshot and sank up to its wings.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Methven

16 Nov 51

EVERETT, FREDERICK GEORGE  (54225) age: 31

Fg Off

He was drowned after becoming trapped in the cockpit of Sunderland GR Mk 5, SZ565 of No 236 OCU, which crashed on landing at Calshot and sank up to its wings.  He is buried in Fawley Parish Churchyard

16 Nov 51

GILBERT, DOUGLAS  (166032) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF578 of No 6 Flying Training School which crashed near Ternhill after executing a series of rolls leading to a loss of control.  He was cremated at Brighton Crematorium

16 Nov 51

SMITH, KENNETH ROBERT  (583516) age: 21

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF578 of No 6 Flying Training School which crashed near Ternhill after executing a series of rolls leading to a loss of control.  He is buried in Moreton Say Cemetery, Market Drayton

16 Nov 51

GIBSON, JOHN WILLIAM DFM  (611112) age: 31

M Sig

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

17 Nov 51

CAMPBELL-PEAT, ROBERT  (182723) age: 34

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF876 of No 85 Sqn, which crashed in a field near West Malling following an engine failure in the circuit.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, West Malling

17 Nov 51

GOFFIN, GERALD RAYMOND HARRY  (4037301) age: 21

LAC

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

18 Nov 51

SNELLING, HENRY RICHARD ANZAC  (566280) age: 35

Fg Off

He was serving at RAF Fayid and was shot dead in Ismailia whilst protecting his wife and children during riots.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery.

18 Nov 51

BROOKS, BRIAN  (2476427) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Fowey and was on a run with the Newton Abbot Amateur Athletic Club when he misjudged his footing whilst crossing the River Teign and was swept away.  He is buried in Kingskerswell Churchyard.

20 Nov 51

BROWN, EVERETT LENNES DFC  (59331) age: 33

Flt Lt

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

21 Nov 51

FISHER, JOHN LEONARD  (202360) age: 31

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Buckmaster T Mk 1, RP231 of the Home Command Communication Sqn which crashed at Benson whilst attempting to make a single engine landing on a flight from White Waltham.  He is buried in St Mary's Graveyard, White Waltham

21 Nov 51

NATHAN, HENRY RICHARD  (129627) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Buckmaster T Mk 1, RP231 of the Home Command Communication Sqn which crashed at Benson whilst attempting to make a single engine landing on a flight from White Waltham.  He is buried in Manor Park Cemetery, London

22 Nov 51

TINKLER, LEONARD BRIAN  (2483062) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Middle Wallop and died from injuries received the previous day when he hit by a car outside the gate of the station.  He is buried in St Oswald's Churchyard, Chester.

24 Nov 51

NORMAN, RAYMOND THOMAS  (159483) age: 33

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VW297 of No 205 Advanced Flying School, which ran off the runway and into a building at Middleton St George whilst attempting to take off on one engine following a single engine landing.  He is buried in Darlington West Cemetery

24 Nov 51

BUSHELL, LEONARD PETER GRAHAM  (4031517) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Sandwich and was killed when he was thrown off his motorcycle whilst attempting to avoid a collision with a lorry at Ash in Kent.  He was cremated at Croydon Crematorium.

24 Nov 51

HIGGINS, JAMES  (165959) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF West Drayton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in Fethiye Cemetery, Turkey

25 Nov 51

PEIRCE, ARTHUR JAMES  (2602434) age: 40

Jnr Tech

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Epping.  He is buried in River Cemetery, Dover

26 Nov 51

SKELDON, ROY EDWARD  (2500676) age: 21

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF500 of the Central Gunnery School which crashed on the approach to Leconfield after full flaps were selected causing a nose up attitude and loss of speed after which a wing tip hit the ground.  He is buried in Woodhouse Cemetery, Leeds

26 Nov 51

TAYLOR, ROBERT  (584922) age: 20

Jnr Tech

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF500 of the Central Gunnery School which crashed on the approach to Leconfield after full flaps were selected causing a nose up attitude and loss of speed after which a wing tip hit the ground.  He is buried in Carlisle General Cemetery

28 Nov 51

WALLIS, LEONARD  (1479744) age: 43

Cpl

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

29 Nov 51

JOHNSTON, DAVID  (2495469) age: 22

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford T Mk 1, HN310 of No 8 Advanced Flying Training School which crashed near Elgin after hitting trees during a low level navigation exercise.  He is buried in Prestwick Cemetery

30 Nov 51

BUCHANAN, PETER CRAIG  (181707) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF767 of No 203 Advanced Flying School, which crashed near Driffield after losing height during a turn shortly after taking off.  He is buried in Driffield Cemetery

30 Nov 51

KENDRICK, JOHN EVERSLEIGH  (582771) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF767 of No 203 Advanced Flying School, which crashed near Driffield after losing height during a turn shortly after taking off.  He is buried in Driffield Cemetery

30 Nov 51

CROMIE, JOHN THOMAS DAVID  (4005142) age: 23

A/Sgt

He was serving with No 30 LAA Sqn, RAF Regiment at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Moascar Garrison Cemetery

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