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Casualties - February 1952


 1 Feb 52

TRIPP, JOHN FREDERICK  (2491754) age: 22

AC1

He was serving at RAF Biggin Hill at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Holborn.  He is buried in St Margaret's Church, Iver Heath

 3 Feb 52

CHESHIRE, ROWLAND GEOFFREY  (4077541) age: 18

AC2

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

 3 Feb 52

WOOD, WALLACE GEORGE STANLEY  (21067) age: 49

Gp Capt

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Westminster.  He is buried in Clayton Churchyard, Hassocks, Sussex

4 Feb 52

HARVEY, PETER FREDERICK  (3132530) age: 20

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canada of the Empire Air Navigation School which .  He is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg

4 Feb 52

SCANLAN, EDWARD  (2515956) age: 18

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canada of the Empire Air Navigation School which .  He is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg

6 Feb 52

WINDSOR, ALBERT FREDERICK ARTHUR GEORGE HRH KING GEORGE VI KG KT KP GCMG GCVO  (Royal Air Force) age: 56

MRAF

He died in his sleep from a coronary thrombosis having been suffering from lung cancer.

 

7 Feb 52

HENRY, WILLIAM JOHN  (635488) age: 41

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Cairnryan 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 City Cemetery, Londonderry

7 Feb 52

SMITH, TERRY FRED  (3135498) age: 18

AC2

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

8 Feb 52

BATCHELOR, A W RCAF  () age: 18

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP383 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into high ground at Le Vigan in France during a cross country flight from the UK to Malta.  He is buried in Le Vigan Churchyard, France

8 Feb 52

BRUCE, ALISTAIR WYLIE  (4055736) age: 18

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP383 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into high ground at Le Vigan in France during a cross country flight from the UK to Malta.  He is buried in Le Vigan Churchyard, France

8 Feb 52

CURTIS, WILLIAM RIDDELL  (87452) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP383 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into high ground at Le Vigan in France during a cross country flight from the UK to Malta.  He is buried in Le Vigan Churchyard, France

8 Feb 52

LAWS, RUSSELL WALTER  (4022553) age: 22

Jnr Tech

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP383 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into high ground at Le Vigan in France during a cross country flight from the UK to Malta.  He is buried in Le Vigan Churchyard, France

8 Feb 52

LONGHURST, GRAHAM KEITH  (1387922) age: 28

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP383 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into high ground at Le Vigan in France during a cross country flight from the UK to Malta.  He is buried in Le Vigan Churchyard, France

8 Feb 52

SUTTON, MICHAEL JOSEPH  (4055745) age: 18

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP383 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into high ground at Le Vigan in France during a cross country flight from the UK to Malta.  He is buried in Le Vigan Churchyard, France

8 Feb 52

WOLFF, EDWARD LESLIE  (1611111) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, RP383 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which flew into high ground at Le Vigan in France during a cross country flight from the UK to Malta.  He is buried in Le Vigan Churchyard, France

8 Feb 52

EARNSHAW, ALLAN  (2512015) age: 19

AC1

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

9 Feb 52

MARTIN, WILLIAM CHARLES  (1091977) age: 29

LAC

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 Surrey N E.  He is buried in Bangor Cemetery, County Down

11 Feb 52

MITCHELL, WILLIAM  (2353528) age: 22

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VR233 of No 6 Flying Training School which dived into the ground after stalling during a practice forced landing near Hales in Staffordshire.  He was cremated at Lambhill Crematorium

12 Feb 52

CUNNINGHAM, IAN DUNCAN STEWART  (607043) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RK988 of No 219 Sqn, which flew into the Mediterranean Sea during a practice interception.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery.

12 Feb 52

SMETHURST, MICHAEL JOHN  (1815877) age: 27

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito NF Mk 36, RK988 of No 219 Sqn, which flew into the Mediterranean Sea during a practice interception.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

12 Feb 52

LIGHTFOOT, JOHN BRIAN  (607149) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA882 of No 222 Sqn, which crashed after striking rising ground on Ben Avon in Aberdeenshire during a low level training flight.  He is buried in Leuchars Cemetery.

14 Feb 52

BOND, IAN BEAUMONT  (153325) age: 38

Fg Off

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 Shrewsbury.  He is buried in Shawbury Parish Churchyard

15 Feb 52

PHILLIPS, DAVID WALTER THOMAS  (1921702) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF St Eval at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bodmin.  He is buried in Pembroke Dock Cemetery

17 Feb 52

WARREN, DESMOND MICHAEL  (3134208) age: 22

A/Sgt

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 Pancras.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

20 Feb 52

HILL, MICHAEL DAVID  (585515) age: 18

App Air

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 Sleaford.  He is buried in Luton Cemetery

21 Feb 52

GRATTON, RICHARD JOHN  (1604947) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito T Mk 3, RR290 of No 45 Sqn, which lost a wing and crashed into the sea off Singapore during a training flight.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

21 Feb 52

DAVIES, RALPH LLEWELLYN  (80724) age: 37

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH232 of No 20 Maintenance Unit, which dived into the ground on the downwind leg of the circuit at Aston Down during a practice single engine landing.  He is buried in Brimscombe Burial Ground

23 Feb 52

SHIELDS, GEORGE RUSSELL  (937402) age: 35

Cpl

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

24 Feb 52

WALKER, ALFRED LIONEL DAVID  (2680093) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA726 of No 500 Sqn, which crashed on the downwind leg of the circuit at West Malling possibly due to having left the dive brakes out.  He is buried in Bexley Heath Cemetery

25 Feb 52

HAYWARD, HENRY DOBSON  (48800) age: 53

Flt Lt

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

26 Feb 52

McLAUGHLIN, GEORGE  (514539) age: 40

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Hawarden at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Coventry.  He is buried in St Canice's Burial Ground, Limavady

26 Feb 52

GARDNER, DONALD HENRY  (2486647) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Swinderby 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 Fleckney Parish Cemetery

27 Feb 52

SAWKINS, GEORGE WILLIAM OBE  (43756) age: 42

A/Wg Cdr

He was serving at RAF Brampton but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Ely as his death was registered in Ely.  He is buried in Brampton Parish Church

28 Feb 52

BRADLEY, JAMES LAWRENCE  (2496409) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Stafford and was killed in a lorry accident near Weston.  He is buried in Mazargues Cemetery. Extension, Marseilles.

29 Feb 52

CATCHPOLE, JAMES HENRY  (3504745) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE937 of No 64 Sqn, which dived vertically into the ground at Hempstead in Essex out of cloud whilst flying in formation.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard

29 Feb 52

PATERSON, JOHN SPEIRS  (3054087) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH342 of No 66 Sqn, which dived into the ground near York wqhilst making a formation change.  He is buried in Burntwood Parish Church

29 Feb 52

PITT, ERNEST GEORGE  (131849) age: 35

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Khormaksar at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in European Cemetery, Upper Sheikh, Somalia

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