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Casualties - February 1953


1 Feb

GRAY, ALEXANDER BARRIE  (2540368) age: 21

AC1

He was serving at RAF Dalcross 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 Kilsyth Cemetery

1 Feb

SIBBETT, DAVID ANTHONY  (2567449) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Felixstowe at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Samford.  He is buried in Trimley Churchyard, Ipswich

1 Feb

PETTITT, RAYMOND SETH  (1866230) age: 27

Sgt

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

2 Feb

COOMBS, BRIAN FRANCIS  (3511117) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VW282 of No 203 Advanced Flying School, which crashed into the North Sea off Flamborough Head whilst carrying out a series of exercises including aerobatics, controlled descents and asymmetric flying. 

2 Feb

STEPHENS, JOHN ARTHUR  (3134030) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT265 of No 209 Advanced Flying School, which dived vertically into the ground in the circuit at Oakington after control was lost in poor visibility in a sleet shower.  He is buried in Congregational Churchyard, Long Buckby, Staffordshire

2 Feb

LYNCH, BERNARD JOSEPH  (73746) age: 52

Wg Cdr

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

4 Feb

WHALLEY, DERICK ERNEST  (3133155) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK924 of No 211 Advanced Flying School, which flicked into the ground 9 miles from Nottingham after diving from 5000 to 2000 ft.  He is buried in Chingford Mount Cemetery

4 Feb

BLOOMER, FRANCIS HUBERT  (569457) age: 33

M Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF211 of the Central Flying School which failed to recover from a spin and crashed near Naunton in Gloucestershire.  He is buried in or was cremated at Pontypridd Cemetery and Crematorium

4 Feb

MORGAN, BARRY PETER  (3044808) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF211 of the Central Flying School which failed to recover from a spin and crashed near Naunton in Gloucestershire.  He is buried in London Road Cemetery, Coventry

4 Feb

DAVIES, RICHARD FREDERICK  (57409) age: 36

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Hendon but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He was cremated at Enfield Crematorium

4 Feb

SPARKES, ROY FREDERICK  (4050558) age: 20

AC1

He was serving at RAF Worksop at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Mansfield.  He is buried in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby

5 Feb

BRIGGS, JOHN PAUL  (2552378) age: 20

A/Plt Off

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

5 Feb

MURRAY, JOHN ROSS  (4080703) age: 18

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF El Firdan was shot and murdered by robbers in Ismailia.  He is buried in Moascar Garrison Cemetery

7 Feb

KENCH, THOMAS ALBERT WILLIAM  (1922188) age: 20

SAC

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

7 Feb

LEWIS, RICHARD GEORGE  (590175) age: 40

WO

He was serving at RAF Upavon but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Upavon

9 Feb

STOCKLEY, FREDERICK JAMES SAMUEL  (4029506) age: 23

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL455 of No 209 Advanced Flying School, which he abandoned near Dulverton in Devon after pulling up into low cloud over high ground, but he did not survive.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

9 Feb

WOODS, RAYMOND KENNETH  (3134036) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL455 of No 209 Advanced Flying School, which he abandoned near Dulverton in Devon after pulling up into low cloud over high ground, but he did not survive.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

10 Feb

JARVIS, ROBERT GERALD  (582883) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito T Mk 3, VA927 of No 58 Sqn, which flew into rising ground after flying into a bowl whilst attempting to remain below cloud during a GCA calibration flight.  He was cremated at Gly Taff Crematorium, Pontypridd

10 Feb

MORTON, ARTHUR IAN HUGH  (582493) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito T Mk 3, VA927 of No 58 Sqn, which flew into rising ground after flying into a bowl whilst attempting to remain below cloud during a GCA calibration flight.  He is buried in Grantham Cemetery

11 Feb

JOYLES, ROY ALFRED  (2445282) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor PR Mk 10, VS983 of No 541 Sqn, which crashed into the ground in a single engine GCA approach to Lyneham.  He is buried in Lyneham Parish Church

13 Feb

SKEAPING, PAUL  (4037562) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito PR Mk 34, RG189 of No 81 Sqn, which returned after about 20 minutes in the air and was seen on fire before diving into the ground near Don Muang in Thailand and exploded.  He is buried in Protestant Cemetery, Bankok

13 Feb

WILLIAMSON, JOHN  (582072) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito PR Mk 34, RG189 of No 81 Sqn, which returned after about 20 minutes in the air and was seen on fire before diving into the ground near Don Muang in Thailand and exploded.  He is buried in Protestant Cemetery, Bangkok

13 Feb

HOLLINS, ALARIC JOHN PERCY  (4072260) age: 27

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Varsity T Mk 1, WF332 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which hit trees in a diving turn to port whilst practicing night circuits at Swinderby.  He is buried in St Germain's Churchyard, Thurlby

13 Feb

SIGGS, DAVID JOHN  (2456617) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Varsity T Mk 1, WF332 of No 201 Advanced Flying School, which hit trees in a diving turn to port whilst practicing night circuits at Swinderby.  He is buried in St Germain's Churchyard, Thurlby

14 Feb

TAYLOR, ALAN  (4103080) age: 18

AC1

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

16 Feb

MITCHELL, NORMAN ROBERTSON  (1920282) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WF889 of No 231 OCU, which dived into the ground near Bassingbourn during a  night flight.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

16 Feb

O'BRIAN, FREDERICK GEORGE  (2501813) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WF889 of No 231 OCU, which dived into the ground near Bassingbourn during a  night flight.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

16 Feb

SMITH, ALEXANDER JACK  (4059919) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WF889 of No 231 OCU, which dived into the ground near Bassingbourn during a  night flight.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

17 Feb

CLOWES, KEITH  (584634) age: 21

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2 B, KF713 of No 6 Flying Training School which seems to have broken up in a dive and crashed near Mere in Staffordshire.  He is buried in Canford Cemetery

18 Feb

BEER, DEREK JOHN  (2524275) age: 19

Sgt

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 Downham.  He was cremated at South London Crematorium

19 Feb

RICE, JAMES PATRICK  (2203263) age: 28

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Aldergrove 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 Milltown Cemetery, Belfast

20 Feb

CRESWELL, ALAN EDWARD  (584424) age: 21

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FT440 of No 7 Flying Training School which crashed near Deeping St James in Lincolnshire after descending out of control from 7000 ft.  He is buried in St Nicholas's Churchyard, Cottesmore

22 Feb

GUNNYEON, WILLIAM CAMPBELL  (3130363) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA839 of No 43 Sqn, which crashed near Creich at high speed shortly after taking off from Leuchars.  He is buried in Dumfries High Cemetery

22 Feb

RODGERS, ARTHUR  (2688634) age: 29

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV604 of No 613 Sqn, which dived almost vertically into the ground near Harrogate from high altitude during a Wing formation flight, possibly due to the effects of annoxia.  He is buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery

22 Feb

LEWER, LAURENCE ALFRED GEORGE STOPHAM  (37192) age: 39

Sqn Ldr

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Willesden.  He was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium

23 Feb

HOWE, KEITH DOUGLAS  (3508427) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA206 of No 14 Sqn, which disintegrated on hitting the ground near Uelzen whilst attempting to make an forced landing following an engine failure at 35,000 ft.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

23 Feb

CATLIN, JOHN JEFFREY  (2547090) age: 18

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WG406 of No 1 Basic Flying Training School, which stalled and dived into the ground whilst practicing forced landings near Thame in Oxfordshire.  He was cremated at Nottingham Crematorium

23 Feb

COX, WALTER EDWARD  (747745) age: 40

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand T Mk 4, RH760 of No 238 OCU, which crashed on the approach to Colerne whilst attempting an asymmetric landing.  He is buried in Colerne Churchyard

23 Feb

PARKER, WILLIAM BROWN  (2523032) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand T Mk 4, RH760 of No 238 OCU, which crashed on the approach to Colerne whilst attempting an asymmetric landing.  He is buried in Colerne Churchyard

23 Feb

SYMINGTON, ALLAN ARCHIBALD JAMES  (180387) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand T Mk 4, RH760 of No 238 OCU, which crashed on the approach to Colerne whilst attempting an asymmetric landing.  He is buried in Little Aston Parish Church, near Sutton Coldfield

23 Feb

WILMOT, DAVID  (2479597) age: 21

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand T Mk 4, RH760 of No 238 OCU, which crashed on the approach to Colerne whilst attempting an asymmetric landing.  He is buried in Colerne Churchyard

25 Feb

UPHILL, MICHAEL JAMES  (3050958) age: 27

Sgt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WE834 of No 98 Sqn, which crashed inverted into the ground as it recovered from a live rocket attack on th eranges at Fassberg.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

25 Feb

POINTER, DAVID JOHN  (2526599) age: 19

Plt Off

He was fatally injured whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH311 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which he ejected at low level near Higham in Suffolk during a tail chase, possibly after blacking out.  He is buried in Watling Street Cemetery, Dartford

25 Feb

TAYLOR, RONALD  (3045294) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL381 of the Central Flying School which stalled and spun into the ground near Swindon whilst carrying out a slow roll.  He is buried in St Stephens Churchyard, Redditch

25 Feb

WOOD, FRED STANLEY  (143371) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL381 of the Central Flying School which stalled and spun into the ground near Swindon whilst carrying out a slow roll.  He is buried in Church Norton Cemetery, Selsey

25 Feb

ADAMS, HAROLD TONY  (2556534) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Coningsby when he collapsed and died just after a 40 round boxing match.  He is buried in Twickenham Cemetery.

25 Feb

WHEELER, JOHN DOBSON  (131628) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Kumalo and was killed in a flying accident at Riverside, Bulawayo.  He is buried in Municipal Cemetery, Bulawayo.

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