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Casualties - March 1953


4 Mar

WATKINS, DAVID  (1921405) age: 20

Cpl

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

8 Mar

SMITH, WILLIAM GEORGE  (582931) age: 22

SAC

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

9 Mar

BROWN, WILLIAM  (2515695) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA243 of No 233 OCU, which dived into the ground from 15,000 ft near Laugharne in Carmarthen, possibly due to annoxia.  He was cremated at Intake Crematorium, Sheffield

9 Mar

GORDON, GEORGE  (1911019) age: 26

AC1

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 .  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 Mar

SHAW, JOHN NUTTALL  (2531284) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT304 of No 209 Advanced Flying School, which probably crashed into the Bristol Channel off Minehead.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 Mar

MELLORS, WILLIAM HAROLD STUART  (183295) age: 29

Flt Lt

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

12 Mar

DUNNELL, PETER JOHN  (591986) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF531 of the Central Gunnery School which was shot down en-route to Berlin by a Russian fighter, coming down near Buizenburg in East Germany.  He is buried in Colton Churchyard, Deopham, near Wymondham

12 Mar

FITZ, HAROLD JAMES  (47414) age: 38

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF531 of the Central Gunnery School which was shot down en-route to Berlin by a Russian fighter, coming down near Buizenburg in East Germany.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

12 Mar

JONES, KENNETH JOHN  (3025093) age: 27

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF531 of the Central Gunnery School which was shot down en-route to Berlin by a Russian fighter, coming down near Buizenburg in East Germany.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

12 Mar

LONG, GEORGE BENJAMIN WALTER  (3122015) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF531 of the Central Gunnery School which was shot down en-route to Berlin by a Russian fighter, coming down near Buizenburg in East Germany.  He is buried in Bulwell Cemetery, Aspley

12 Mar

MASON, WILLIAM RUDOLPH  (645430) age: 33

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF531 of the Central Gunnery School which was shot down en-route to Berlin by a Russian fighter, coming down near Buizenburg in East Germany.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

12 Mar

STEVENS, RONALD FREDERICK  (1626383) age: 30

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF531 of the Central Gunnery School which was shot down en-route to Berlin by a Russian fighter, coming down near Buizenburg in East Germany.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

12 Mar

WYLES, STEPHEN VICTOR  (184509) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, RF531 of the Central Gunnery School which was shot down en-route to Berlin by a Russian fighter, coming down near Buizenburg in East Germany.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

13 Mar

TUCKER, CHRISTOPHER MARK RISLEY  (4035320) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WE845 of No 266 Sqn, which broke up after hitting trees at low level after becoming inverted whilst carrying out a practice attack on another Vampire.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

13 Mar

HULSE, GRAHAM STANWAY DFC  (52935) age: 32

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in F-86E-6, 52-2879 of the 336 FIS, 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing, USAF Sqn, which was shot down by a MiG-15bis of the 224th IAP(32th IAD) over Korea, he attempted to eject but did not survive.  

13 Mar

KILLIAN, TERENCE MICHAEL  (4118200) age: 18

AC2

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Evesham.  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Harborne

14 Mar

ROYSTON, PETER  (2584732) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Melksham and was killed in a hit and run incident whilst walking with his girlfriend who was injured at Park Hill, Swallow Nest.  He is buried in Ashton Cemetery.

15 Mar

PHILPOT, TERENCE EDWARD  (586861) age: 17

App Air

He was serving at RAF Halton but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Ely as his death was registered in Ely.  He is buried in Mildenhall Churchyard

16 Mar

ROWE, TERENCE CHARLES  (2526521) age: 21

SAC

He was killed whilst flying in Proctor T Mk 4, RM220 of No 1 ASS, which crashed near Uphill in Cambridgeshire whilst attempting a forced landing after hitting power cables during a low flying exercise.  He is buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough

16 Mar

THORNTON, CHARLES FREDERICK  (4064228) age: 21

LAC

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

18 Mar

MANN, DOUGLAS JOHN  (2498814) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH351 of No 19 Sqn, which collided with WK858 of the same unit near Duxford whilst changing position during a formation flight.  He is buried in Kirby Wharfe Churchyard

18 Mar

HARNETT, BRENDAN MARY  (582483) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK858 of No 19 Sqn, which collided with H351 of the same unit near Duxford whilst changing position during a formation flight.  He is buried in Tadcaster Municipal Cemetery

19 Mar

McCLEARY, KENNETH JAMES  (501755) age: 30

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD676 of No 68 Sqn, which broke up as it descended from high altitude after control was lost, possibly due to annoxia, he attempted to bale out but was too low.  He was cremated at Cologne Crematorium

19 Mar

CLYDESDALE, JOHN  (2484741) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH663 of No 139 Sqn, which spiralled down and crashed near Corringham in Lincolnshire possibly after entering a flat spin following a double engine failure.  He is buried in Kilwinning Joint Cemetery

19 Mar

TOMLINSON, WILFRED CLEMENT DFC  (1211804) age: 30

M Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH663 of No 139 Sqn, which spiralled down and crashed near Corringham in Lincolnshire possibly after entering a flat spin following a double engine failure.  He is buried in Newport Cemetery, Lincoln

19 Mar

PITTS-TUCKER, GEORGE TIMOTHY ROBIN  (607279) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WE835 of No 202 Advanced Flying School, which crashed as it attempted an emergency landing at Valley following a loss of power on take off.  He is buried in Dawlish Cemetery

19 Mar

SHRIMPTON, JOHN GEOFFREY LLOYD  (4073665) age: 19

AC1

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

19 Mar

FLEMMING, EDGAR  (579363) age: 26

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Locking but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium

19 Mar

RONCORONI, JOHN ALAN DFC  (37546) age: 38

Wg Cdr

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

20 Mar

RYDE, ALAN STEWART  (2600190) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE277 of No 5 Sqn, which dived into the ground from a climb to 40,000 ft probably due to annoxia.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

20 Mar

TASKER, WALTER OWEN  (4050094) age: 23

SAC

He was serving at RAF Fassberg at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained but may have occurred at RAF Sylt.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

23 Mar

TOWNDROW, ALEC  (568248) age: 33

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Bletchley but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in Bootle Borough Cemetery

23 Mar

NORTH, JACK  (943264) age: 34

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 Darwen.  He was cremated at Skipton Crematorium

23 Mar

HEARD, ROY JOHN  (2539995) age: 19

AC2

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 Cheltenham.  He is buried in Earls Colne Churchyard

24 Mar

DAW, VICTOR GEORGE DFC, AFC  (41561) age: 34

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH358 of No Day Fighter Leaders School Sqn, which probably came down in the North Sea during a 'rat and terrier' sortie.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

24 Mar

DAW, PATRICK WILLIAM  (C4145363) age: RAF Luqa

Sgt

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

25 Mar

HAINES, RICHARD CORNELIUS  (1652872) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, PP148 of No 88 Sqn, which turned onto it's back and broke up on landing in a heavy sea at Iwakuni in Japan.  He is buried in Yokohama Cemetery

25 Mar

MILLGATE, JOHN LEWIS  (1892115) age: 28

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, PP148 of No 88 Sqn, which turned onto it's back and broke up on landing in a heavy sea at Iwakuni in Japan.  He is buried in Yokohama Cemetery

25 Mar

MITCHELL, MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BARNES  (607036) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, PP148 of No 88 Sqn, which turned onto it's back and broke up on landing in a heavy sea at Iwakuni in Japan.  He is buried in Yokohama Cemetery

25 Mar

SCOTT, JOHN  (523393) age: 36

M Sig

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland GR Mk 5, PP148 of No 88 Sqn, which turned onto it's back and broke up on landing in a heavy sea at Iwakuni in Japan.  He is buried in Yokohama Cemetery

25 Mar

WATSON, PETER REGINALD SYDNEY  (4096471) age: 24

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2, EX167 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which collided with EX818 of the same unit near Bembesi in Southern Rhodesia.  He is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery

25 Mar

ADAMS, DEREK JOHN  (4104615) age: 23

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2, EX818 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which collided with EX818 of the same unit near Bembesi in Southern Rhodesia.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

27 Mar

OWEN, VIVIAN  (583316) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH669 of No 10 Sqn, which dived inverted into the ground at high speed near Dilhorne in Staffordshire.  He is buried in St Andrews Churchyard, Cranwell

27 Mar

REEVE, PATRICK ESMOND  (4018243) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH669 of No 10 Sqn, which dived inverted into the ground at high speed near Dilhorne in Staffordshire.  He is buried in Scampton Cemetery

27 Mar

WOODS, JOHN GOLDEN  (4059004) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH669 of No 10 Sqn, which dived inverted into the ground at high speed near Dilhorne in Staffordshire.  He is buried in Romford Cemetery

28 Mar

ROSSER, ARTHUR JOHN  (607156) age: 23

Fg Off

He was was an exchange posting from No 205 Sqn to No 77 Sqn RAAF and was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, A77-856 of No 77 Sqn, which Crashed during a strafing run at Wonsan Korea as the result of being hit by ground fire.  He is buried in Terendak Military Cemetery, Malacca, Malaysia

29 Mar

TOPPING, JOHN ELGIN  (91384) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WF760 of No 615 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Oxted in Surrey after entering cloud shortly after taking off.  He is buried in Biggin Hill Cemetery

29 Mar

DEBONNAIRE, BERNARD  (3133851) age: 19

LAC

He was serving with No 107 MU, RAF Kasfareet at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

30 Mar

LEWIN, DOUGLAS CYRIL  (3513387) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford T Mk 1, BG271 of No 10 Advanced Flying Training School, which flicked into a spin  and crashed near Great Malvern whilst carrying out an asymmetric flying practice.  He is buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Shoreham by Sea

30 Mar

SHORTT, ALFRED  (4005084) age: 34

LAC

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 Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown

31 Mar

CROCKER, MICHAEL JOHN  (4073359) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA198 of No 93 Sqn, which broke up in a high speed descent out of cloud after experiencing icing during a controlled descent.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

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