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Casualties - November 1952


 1 Nov 52

SMITH, RALPH ARNOLD  (73724) age: 53

Gp Capt

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in Hillingdon Cemetery

 1 Nov 52

HOLDEN, IVOR GEORGE  (3133172) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Tilstock at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wellington.  He is buried in Wombridge Parish Church, Wellington

 2 Nov 52

PETERS, DONALD CECIL  (4074357) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Bassingbourn 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 Streatham Park Cemetery

4 Nov 52

BARNES, RONALD ALFRED  (583281) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH362 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which collided with WF687 of the same unit during a formation turn and lost a wing, crashing near Norwich.  He is buried in St Andrews Church Cemetery, Lower Bebington

5 Nov 52

NORMAN, JAMES WILLIAM  (4046193) age: 19

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV232 of No 266 Sqn, which suffered a high speed stall and dived into the ground as it pulled out of a firing pass on targets near Fassberg.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

7 Nov 52

EVANS, TONY ROLAND VALEN  (607097) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL433 of No 209 Advanced Flying School, which suffered a high speed stall and dived into the ground near Baltonsbury in Somerset during an asymmetric training sortie.  He is buried in Dovercourt Cemetery

7 Nov 52

FRANKEL, SAMUEL BRUCE  (4074468) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL433 of No 209 Advanced Flying School, which suffered a high speed stall and dived into the ground near Baltonsbury in Somerset during an asymmetric training sortie.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

7 Nov 52

HART, WILLIAM IAN  (57652) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF823 of the ITF, West Raynham which crashed near Cottesmore after the canopy opened in flight; a civilian passenger was also killed.  He is buried in St Agnes Parish Church

7 Nov 52

BUTCHART, SIDNEY JOHN  (2443333) age: 21

LAC

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

10 Nov 52

HAWKES, BERNARD  (579173) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD994 of No 12 Sqn, which crashed into high ground at Sixhills Church in Lincolnshire after aborting a GCA circuit.  He is buried in St Swithans Churchyard, Lincoln

10 Nov 52

PEMBERTON, JAMES  (577263) age: 29

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD994 of No 12 Sqn, which crashed into high ground at Sixhills Church in Lincolnshire after aborting a GCA circuit.  He is buried in Lancaster Cemetery

10 Nov 52

SHINGLER, JOHN  (3030491) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD994 of No 12 Sqn, which crashed into high ground at Sixhills Church in Lincolnshire after aborting a GCA circuit.  He is buried in St Mary with St Gabriel Churchyard, Binbrook

11 Nov 52

FLYNN, PATRICK  (512813) age: 41

WO

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

13 Nov 52

MORLEY, FREDERICK JOHN  (3507305) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WG881 of No 60 Sqn, which collided with WG882 at Kampong Sadili Bazaar during practice air combat sortie.  He is buried in the crash site

13 Nov 52

FABRE, JEAN ALBERT GEOFFREY  (2507081) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF High Wycombe but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Halton Cemetery

16 Nov 52

FLEET, DONALD HAYTON MBE  (35406) age: 57

A/Wg Cdr

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Hietaniemen Uurna Hautausmaa Cemetery, Helsinki

16 Nov 52

SMITH, ROBERT HOWARD  (1308740) age: 45

Sgt

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 Christ Church Cemetery, Stockport

17 Nov 52

RUNDELL, BRIAN  (3132317) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE914 of No 245 Sqn, which cartwheeled and disintegrated whilst making a single engine landing at Horsham St Faith.  He is buried in Old Catton Churchyard

17 Nov 52

METTEM, DEREK JOHN  (4069193) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD723 of No 228 OCU Sqn, which exploded and broke up after emerging from cloud during a practice interception.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

17 Nov 52

WARD, JAMES  (120493) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD723 of No 228 OCU Sqn, which exploded and broke up after emerging from cloud during a practice interception.  He is buried in Arrowe Park Cemetery, Heswell, Cheshire

17 Nov 52

HANCOCK, JOHN WILLIAM  (ATC) age: 15

Cdt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, TX197 of the Flying Training Command Communication Flt which dived inverted into the ground on take off from Woodley possibly due to an engine failure.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

17 Nov 52

RICHARDS, JOHN ACKLAND  (120868) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, TX197 of the Flying Training Command Communication Flt which dived inverted into the ground on take off from Woodley possibly due to an engine failure.  He is buried in Woodley Parish Churchyard

17 Nov 52

STRUTHERS, ALASTAIR BRUCE  (59500) age: 31

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, TX197 of the Flying Training Command Communication Flt which dived inverted into the ground on take off from Woodley possibly due to an engine failure.  He is buried in Woodley Parish Churchyard

18 Nov 52

WATERS, LEONARD SIDNEY  (4053212) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst checking the undercarriage oleo leg onVarsity T Mk 1, WF374 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, when he walked into the propeller.  He was cremated at Croydon Crematorium

19 Nov 52

FELSTEAD, GEOFFREY  (3510960) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV547 of No 202 Advanced Flying School, which was lost without a trace on an aerobatic sortie.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

20 Nov 52

FISHER, KENNETH FRANK  (2513504) age: 19

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Honington and was killed whilst travelling as a passenger in a RAF Van which hit a stationary lorry near Thetford.  He is buried in Lawshall Churchyard.

20 Nov 52

OGDEN, WILLIAM MALCOLM  (2529159) age: 22

LAC

He was serving at RAF Honington and was killed whilst travelling as a passenger in a RAF Van which hit a stationary lorry near Thetford.  He is buried in Colne Cemetery.

20 Nov 52

GILLHESPY, JOHN PHILIP  (562127) age: 40

M Nav

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 Norwich.  He is buried in Yarmouth Cemetery

21 Nov 52

FOSTER, JOSEPH HENRY  (55068) age: 34

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM327 of No 31 Sqn, which crashed into trees near Luton Airport following an engine failure during a flight from Hendon to St Athan.  He is buried in Hendon Park Cemetery

21 Nov 52

LYSTER, CHARLES HAROLD ERVIN MBE  (31024) age: 44

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM327 of No 31 Sqn, which crashed into trees near Luton Airport following an engine failure during a flight from Hendon to St Athan.  He is buried in Hendon Park Cemetery

21 Nov 52

MOYES, KENNETH MILNE  (1154079) age: 30

M Nav

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM327 of No 31 Sqn, which crashed into trees near Luton Airport following an engine failure during a flight from Hendon to St Athan.  He is buried in Delaval Churchyard

21 Nov 52

EDGE, ERNEST  (49634) age: 33

A/Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VZ428 of No 215 Advanced Flying School, which crashed into a sandbar in the Humber Estuary whilst flying in bad visibility.  He is buried in Holy Trinity & St Oswald Churchyard, Finningley

24 Nov 52

AMOS, GEOFFREY  (2557159) age: 18

LAC

He was serving at RAF Danby Beacon at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Middlesborough.  He was cremated at Scholemoor Crematorium, Bradford

25 Nov 52

PEDLEY, VERNON DON  (2520722) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WG944 of No 206 Advanced Flying School, which stalled at low level in the circuit and crashed near Oakington.  He is buried in Longstanton Churchyard

25 Nov 52

CLARK, CHRISTOPHER GORDON DFC  (109031) age: 29

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE258 of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment which collided with Valetta, VW203 in the circuit at Boscombe Down.  He is buried in Hulbert Road Cemetery, Portsmouth

25 Nov 52

JOHNSON, DONALD EVELYN  (534762) age: 37

Snr Tech

He was serving at RAF Stoke Heath and died from an illness, his death being registered in Preston.  He is buried in Weeton Parish Church.

27 Nov 52

HURD, DONALD  (2517710) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Lichfield at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Birmingham.  He is buried in Carmount Side Lawn Cemetery, Stoke-on-Trent

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