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Casualties - December 1952


 1 Dec 52

BLACK, REGINALD LOUIS  (1809976) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WL511 of No 28 Sqn, which crashed in the sea off Waglan Island, Hong Kong during a low level strafing attack on a target.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong

 2 Dec 52

DOWNES, MATTHEW SPENCER  (4030986) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 1, RA803 of No 82 Sqn, which flew into the ground near Benson on a GEE letdown.  He is buried in Houghton-Le-Spring RC Cemetery

 2 Dec 52

GOW, JAMES SERGE  (4016237) age: 29

 

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 1, RA803 of No 82 Sqn, which flew into the ground near Benson on a GEE letdown.  He is buried in Benson Churchyard Extension

Fg Off James Serge Gow

James Serge Gow (Photo courtesy of his nephew, Anthony Menzies)

 2 Dec 52

REED, THOMAS MALCOLM  (3507506) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 1, RA803 of No 82 Sqn, which flew into the ground near Benson on a GEE letdown.  He is buried in Landican Cemetery, Birkenhead

 2 Dec 52

SETTERFIELD, DENNIS GEORGE ALBERT  (579496) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 1, RA803 of No 82 Sqn, which flew into the ground near Benson on a GEE letdown.  He is buried in Ramsgate Cemetery

 2 Dec 52

ASHMORE, FRANK  (1607425) age: 30

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Wellington T Mk 10, LN376 of No 1 ANS Sqn, which yawed and crashed near Tangmere whilst attempting a single engine overshoot.  He is buried in Carshalton Graveyard

 2 Dec 52

PERRYMAN, MICHAEL WILLIAM  (3512199) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford T Mk 1, PK294 of No 8 Advanced Flying Training School which struck trees and crashed into Morar Forest in Ross during unauthorised low flying sortie.  He is buried in Chatham Cemetery

 2 Dec 52

WILSON, WILLIAM HARPER  (143697) age: 31

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford T Mk 1, PK294 of No 8 Advanced Flying Training School which struck trees and crashed into Morar Forest in Ross during unauthorised low flying sortie.  He is buried in Springbank Cemetery, Aberdeen

4 Dec 52

GLOVER, COLIN  (1592375) age: 28

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL402 of No 211 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground near Retford during a demonstration of critical speed.  He is buried in Whitley Bay New Cemetery

4 Dec 52

HOPKINS, GERALD DUDLEY  (2531352) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL402 of No 211 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground near Retford during a demonstration of critical speed.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

6 Dec 52

DAVIS, JOHN  (516057) age: 42

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Upwood but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Ely as his death was registered in Ely.  He was cremated at Cambridge City Crematorium

9 Dec 52

IZATT, DAVID  (4054407) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD964 of No 617 Sqn, which crashed on an overshoot near Tealby during a GCA let down to Binbrook.  He is buried in Dunfermline Cemetery

9 Dec 52

O'BRYEN-NICHOLS, MICHAEL JOHN  (124573) age: 31

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD964 of No 617 Sqn, which crashed on an overshoot near Tealby during a GCA let down to Binbrook.  He is buried in St Mary with St Gabriel Churchyard, Binbrook

9 Dec 52

BRIDLE, ROY FREDERICK  (583405) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD964 of No 617 Sqn, which crashed on an overshoot near Tealby during a GCA let down to Binbrook.  He is buried in St Mary with St Gabriel Churchyard, Binbrook

9 Dec 52

COOMBER, BRIAN  (2504585) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Kidbrooke at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Saffron Walden.  He is buried in Milton Regis Parish Graveyard, Sittingbourne

10 Dec 52

CAMERON, ALISTER  (1374014) age: 52

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Coningsby 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 Marham Cemetery

11 Dec 52

KNEATH, BARRY DFC  (144636) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH455 of No 616 Sqn, which collided with WH473 of the same unit and crashed into the sea off Whitby during a practice interception.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 Dec 52

HARLAND, JOHN WILSON  (152618) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH473 of No 616 Sqn, which collided with WH473 of the same unit and crashed into the sea off Whitby during a practice interception.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

12 Dec 52

TOMLINSON, RICHARD BOWMAN  (2494712) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF774 of No 66 Sqn, which rolled and crashed inverted as it took off from Linton on Ouse and burst into flames.  He is buried in Skelton Cemetery

12 Dec 52

WHITE, DAVID ARTHUR  (2433680) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF774 of No 66 Sqn, which rolled and crashed inverted as it took off from Linton on Ouse and burst into flames.  He is buried in Witchampton Churchyard

12 Dec 52

YEADON, JOHN  (4081981) age: 23

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FT271 of No 1 Flying Training School, which crashed near East Noyle in Wiltshire after a wing tip struck the ground and broke up after control was lost in cloud.  He is buried in Moreton-in-Marsh Cemetery

12 Dec 52

COX, DAVID ARCHIBALD  (4073897) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH234 of No 205 Advanced Flying School, which cartwheeled and exploded near High Worsall in Yorkshire shortly after take off.  He is buried in Caputh Kirkyard, Perthshire

14 Dec 52

BALLARD, DAVID PATRICK  (2549990) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Washington B Mk 1, WF570 of Washington Conversion Unit, which hit the ground whilst attempting an emergency landing at Marham without the aid of GCA.  He is buried in Marham Cemetery

14 Dec 52

CREIGHTON, MAURICE JOHN  (55047) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Washington B Mk 1, WF570 of Washington Conversion Unit, which hit the ground whilst attempting an emergency landing at Marham without the aid of GCA.  He is buried in Haycombe Cemetery

14 Dec 52

CROWE, TERENCE PATRICK  (3122334) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Washington B Mk 1, WF570 of Washington Conversion Unit, which hit the ground whilst attempting an emergency landing at Marham without the aid of GCA.  He is buried in Witton Cemetery, Birmingham

14 Dec 52

HANNA, WILLIAM OLIVER  (4036915) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Washington B Mk 1, WF570 of Washington Conversion Unit, which hit the ground whilst attempting an emergency landing at Marham without the aid of GCA.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

15 Dec 52

PERCY, GUYON  (2570739) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Dumfries 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 Dowsby Cemetery, near Bourne

15 Dec 52

PEYTON, FREDERICK JOHN MBE  (562590) age: 49

WO

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Fleet Parish Church Cemetery

16 Dec 52

LOVETT, GEORGE  (3507885) age: 20

LAC

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

18 Dec 52

PALMER, JOHN RONALD  (181413) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor FR Mk 9, VW365 of No 2 Sqn, which crashed into building whilst in the circuit at Gutersloh.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

18 Dec 52

ADAMS, JAMES MCNICOL  (4039379) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire NF Mk 10, WM669 of No 25 Sqn, which flew into the sea off Dungeness whilst making a low level interception at night.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Dec 52

SMITH, CECIL CORNELIUS WILLIAM  (55508) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire NF Mk 10, WM669 of No 25 Sqn, which flew into the sea off Dungeness whilst making a low level interception at night.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Dec 52

GIBBINS, JOHN SELBY  (141893) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH442 of No 247 Sqn, which collided with WH424 of the same unit near Alpheton in Suffolk, he ejected but failed to separate from his seat.  He is buried in Cathays Cemetery

18 Dec 52

DOWELL, DENNIS REGINALD  (3131959) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WG978 of No 206 Advanced Flying School, which was struck by VT218 whilst climbing in line astern.  He is buried in Old Cemetery, Gloucester

19 Dec 52

PUGH, ALAN PERCIVAL  (1235303) age: 31

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 1, XB534 of No 1 Overseas Ferry Unit, which dived into the ground  about 11 miles from Prestwick on a ferry flight from Iceland.  He is buried in Monkton & Prestwick Cemetery

19 Dec 52

McMILLAN, TERENCE JOSEPH  (2524785) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WF888 of No 231 OCU, which dived into the ground and exploded at Steeple Mordon as it took off following a double engine failure.  He is buried in Carleton Cemetery, Blackpool

19 Dec 52

TENCH, THOMAS WILLIAM  (3133157) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WF888 of No 231 OCU, which dived into the ground and exploded at Steeple Mordon as it took off following a double engine failure.  He is buried in Great Northern Cemetery, New Southgate

19 Dec 52

WESTWOOD, HENRY LLOYD  (2549810) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WF888 of No 231 OCU, which dived into the ground and exploded at Steeple Mordon as it took off following a double engine failure.  He is buried in St John's Churchyard, Kidderminster

20 Dec 52

KAY, DOUGLAS  (4043893) age: 20

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, RH823 of No 84 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing as it recovered from a shallow dive and crashed near Kot Tinggi.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

20 Dec 52

MASSEY, BRENDAN  (146871) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, RH823 of No 84 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing as it recovered from a shallow dive and crashed near Kot Tinggi.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

20 Dec 52

POWELL, EDWARD CLIFFORD  (1580783) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, RH823 of No 84 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing as it recovered from a shallow dive and crashed near Kot Tinggi.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

23 Dec 52

DRURY, THOMAS STEPHEN  (565321) age: 38

A/WO

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 Salisbury.  He is buried in Sittingbourne Cemetery

24 Dec 52

HUMPHREYS, WILLIAM GIBSON HUME  (2519376) age: 22

LAC

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

26 Dec 52

GARRETT, WILLIAM MCLEAN  (2486903) age: 23

AC1

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Cardonald Cemetery, Glasgow

30 Dec 52

GLANVILLE, GEOFFREY CHARLES  (582610) age: 23

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, SW344 of No 37 Sqn, which crashed into a house on take off from Luqa following an engine fire, a civilian was also killed.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

30 Dec 52

LOGAN, JOHN CRAWFORD  (4050737) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, SW344 of No 37 Sqn, which crashed into a house on take off from Luqa following an engine fire, a civilian was also killed.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Pencaitland, East Lothian

30 Dec 52

MORRIS, WILFRED  (1813101) age: 36

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster GR Mk 3, SW344 of No 37 Sqn, which crashed into a house on take off from Luqa following an engine fire, a civilian was also killed.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

30 Dec 52

CHARLTON, JOHN COLQUHOUN  (521675) age: 37

Flt Sgt

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 Surrey S W.  He is buried in Torquay Cemetery

30 Dec 52

CHADWICK, COLIN JOHN DAVIDSON  (2538396) 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

31 Dec 52

WATSON, LEONARD JOHN THOMAS  (4086031) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford T Mk 1, MP287 of No 9 Advanced Flying Training School which dived into the ground at Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire during a flight from Thorney Island to Wellesbourne Mountford.  He is buried in Rippleside Cemetery, Barking

31 Dec 52

WARD, JACK WILLIAM  (607222) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF852 of the Central Flying School which spun into the ground at Little Rissington during an aerobatic practice for the Brabant Trophy.  He is buried in Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth.

31 Dec 52

JUDD, CHARLES ALFRED  (1866302) age: 27

SAC

He was serving at RAF Lyneham 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 Lyneham Parish Church

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