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Casualties - January 1952


 2 Jan 52

WOODS, TIMOTHY RICHARD  (579900) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 3, WB900 of No 80 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Singapore in poor weather during a ferry flight to Kai Tak.  He is buried in Terendak Military Cemetery, Malacca, Malaysia

 2 Jan 52

ALLANACH, FREDERICK  (3131278) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FS816 of No 1 Flying Training School, which flew into high ground near Shipston on Stour whilst being homed to base in a rain storm.  He is buried in Horsforth Cemetery

 2 Jan 52

HINTON, DESMOND FREDERICK WILLIAM DFC  (158781) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in F-84E Thunderjet, 51-664 of No 9FBS/49FBG, which was shot down by ground fire near Sunan, he ejected but his parachute did not open.  What are considered to be his remains were eventually returned to the UK in 2011 by the North Korean authorities.

 2 Jan 52

PAGE, ANTHONY CHARLES  (3507251) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Cranwell 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 St Andrews Churchyard, Cranwell

 2 Jan 52

HEDLEY, MARY  (2816803) age: 18

ACW1

She was killed or died whilst serving at RAF Gloucester, but her death was registered in Scotland?.  She is buried in Stobswood Cemetery

 3 Jan 52

McMILLAN, JAMES  (4081290) age: 18

AC2

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

4 Jan 52

SMITH, ALAN TREVOR GARRETT  (2479001) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 3, EE332 of No 206 Advanced Flying School, which crashed in a shallow high speed dive near Melbourn, Cambridgeshire.  He is buried in St Thomas Churchyard, Henwell

4 Jan 52

BEATTY, DAVID  (3127840) age: 23

LAC

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

6 Jan 52

ROBERTS, WILLIAM BOWEN  (4023536) age: 23

LAC

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

6 Jan 52

WRIGHT, ROY DEREK  (4083784) age: 17

AC2

He was serving at RAF West Kirby at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Manchester.  He is buried in St Andrews Church Cemetery, Higher Blackley, Manchester

7 Jan 52

ATKINSON, PETER  (579934) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ179 of No 72 Sqn, which dived into the ground at Hatfield Broad Oak in Essex during a GCA letdown.  He is buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery

7 Jan 52

SHURMAN, CHARLES  (2600255) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA759 of No 92 Sqn, which collided with VZ453 of the same unit in the circuit at Linton on Ouse.  He is buried in Newton on Ouse Churchyard

8 Jan 52

BOYCE, RAYMOND HENRY  (4001525) age: 23

SAC

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

9 Jan 52

WOOD, JOHN S RN  () age: 32

Lt Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA437 of No 185 Sqn, which he attempted to abandon just before it came down in the sea off Gozo after stalling and entering a spin during a tail chase.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

10 Jan 52

MARSHALL, ROBERT  (4004410) age: 23

AC1

He was killed when Meteor F Mk 8, WE854 of No 19 Sqn, undershot a landing at Church Fenton and collided with the Runway Control caravan and his Land Rover.  He is buried in

10 Jan 52

MANSFIELD, HAROLD HALL  (44984) age: 43

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Henlow but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Halton

12 Jan 52

PRICE-STEPHENS, JOHN HUGH  (4042826) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF China Bay at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Combined Services Cemetery, Trincomalee

12 Jan 52

COOK, WALTER JAMES  (1386945) age: 29

Cpl

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

12 Jan 52

FOSTER, BRIAN HUGH DOUGLAS DSO, DFC and Bar  (67635) age: 29

Sqn Ldr

He was flying in Valiant Prototype, WP215 of Vickers Ltd, which was abandoned after it caught fire during a test flight, he ejected but his seat struck the fin and he was killed.  He is buried in Rowener Cemetery, near Christchurch

14 Jan 52

JOHNSON, PETER INGLIS  (3508784) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF723 of No 3 Flying Training School, which crashed and burst into flames near North Luffenham after hitting power cable whilst flying at low level.  He is buried in St Nicholas Churchyard, Feltwell

14 Jan 52

CLARKE, ALBERT VICTOR GEORGE  (574008) age: 29

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Compton Bassett at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Trowbridge.  He is buried in The Dawn Cemetery, Trowbridge

15 Jan 52

HORSMAN, GEORGE  (2469749) age: 20

LAC

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

16 Jan 52

CZERSKI, LEON FLAWIAN  (500009) age: 53

Flt Lt

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 Blackpool (Layton) Cemetery,

18 Jan 52

ALLEN, BERNARD  (4072697) age: 18

AC2

He was serving No 56 (Rifle) Sqn, RAF Regiment and was killed when his truck was struck by the propeller of a Hastings on the taxiway at Shallufa.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

18 Jan 52

McLEAN, ROBERT  (1924063) age: 16

Boy

He was serving at RAF Cosford 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 St Convals Cemetery, Barrhead

19 Jan 52

ROBSON, ALAN  (3123317) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA433 of No 612 Sqn, which flicked and dived into the ground at Turnhouse whilst flying in formation at low level.  He is buried in Saughton Cemetery, Edinburgh

19 Jan 52

EDWARDS, ALEC WILLIAM  (31191) age: 50

Wg Cdr

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 Chelsea.  He was cremated at South London Crematorium

20 Jan 52

RICHMOND, JACK RICHARD  (579113) age: 25

Sgt

He was flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE868 of No 19 Sqn, which collided with another Meteor during a practice attack on a Lincoln near Linton on Ouse, he ejected and separated from his seat but failed to open his parachute.  He is buried in Pateley Bridge Cemetery

20 Jan 52

CUTLER, VICTOR FREDERICK  (1710327) age: 27

Cpl

He was either serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium

20 Jan 52

JONES, ERNEST  (3508901) age: 24

LAC

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

21 Jan 52

HARBISON, ERIC SAMUEL  (2600912) age: 25

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV443 of No 14 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Sylt during an air-to-air firing sortie.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

21 Jan 52

HEATHER, VERNON REGINALD  (2495927) age: 21

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WG975 of No 205 Advanced Flying School, which spun into the ground at Middleton St George during its third approach but the dive brakes had been left out.  He is buried in Hayes Cemetery

22 Jan 52

CHATTERJEE, MONI LALL  (196342) age: 37

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX923 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed at Fincham on the approach to Marham following and engine failure.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

22 Jan 52

EDWARDS, FREDERICK ROBERT  (579107) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX923 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed at Fincham on the approach to Marham following and engine failure.  He is buried in Poole Cemetery

22 Jan 52

GRIFFITH, ROBERT ERDDYN  (1457278) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX923 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed at Fincham on the approach to Marham following and engine failure.  He is buried in Islington New Cemetery

22 Jan 52

PICKERING, WILLIAM  (1569283) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX923 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed at Fincham on the approach to Marham following and engine failure.  He is buried in St Mary Magdalene Cemetery, Whalton, Northumberland

22 Jan 52

WEJMAN, BOLESLAW  (781020) age: 30

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX923 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed at Fincham on the approach to Marham following and engine failure.  He is buried in Islington Cemetery

23 Jan 52

BINNIE, GEORGE  (4025793) age: 22

Sgt

He was drowned whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, RF210 of No 203 Sqn, which was ditched off Malta following the failure of the starboard wing tip during a practice attack on a submarine.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

23 Jan 52

GILEAD-SMITH, JOHN ROBERT  (4019284) age: 23

LAC

He was drowned whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, RF210 of No 203 Sqn, which was ditched off Malta following the failure of the starboard wing tip during a practice attack on a submarine.  

23 Jan 52

WHITE, WILLIAM DESMOND  (568746) age: 33

Sgt

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

26 Jan 52

KIRK, ANDREW  (1907378) age: 29

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Ismailia and was probably killed in a terrorist attack.  He is buried in Moascar Garrison Cemetery

27 Jan 52

GANLEY, JAMES  (1133203) age: 35

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF St Athan at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Surrey M E.  He is buried in Ashley Road Cemetery, Epsom

28 Jan 52

PEAKMAN, ROBERT GEORGE  (522465) age: 38

Sgt

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 North Kesteven.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

29 Jan 52

KENT, WILLIAM THOMAS  (137814) age: 45

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Bridgnorth 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 Hillingdon Hill Cemetery

29 Jan 52

CRAIG, JAMES  (3131799) age: 19

LAC

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

30 Jan 52

MUIR, SAMUEL OBE  (43495) age: 49

A/Wg Cdr

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

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