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Casualties - April 1953


1 Apr

BOCEK, HORYMIR  (788748) age: 31

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 3, PX344 of the FETS which broke up in the air after hitting the ground whilst attempting to fly below bad weather near Malacca on a night cross country flight.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

3 Apr

BAGGALEY, JOSEPH HENRY  (4069279) age: 22

AC1

He was serving at RAF Longparish at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Spalding.  He is buried in St James Cemetery, Deeping

5 Apr

COLE, MICHAEL JAMES BURKE  (156033) age: 31

A/Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB610 of No 147 Sqn, which crashed near Grantown-on-Spey after reporting a fault with his artificial horizon as he climbed through cloud.  He is buried in West Woodhay Parish Churchyard, Newbury

7 Apr

JAMES, ROGER LESLIE  (3500470) age: 24

Fg Off

He died whilst serving on exchange with No 77 Sqn RAAF crashed at Chinnampo in  Korea after being hit by ground fire.  

7 Apr

DONOVAN, JOHN PATRICK  (1892404) age: 28

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WG972 of No 231 OCU, which crashed near Bassingbourn whilst attempting an overshoot with the airbrakes extended during  his first night solo on type.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

8 Apr

SMYTH, FRANCIS PATRICK  (2614586) age: 27

Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WB656 of No 18 Refresher Flying School Sqn, which crashed in a flat spin near Shalford in Surrey following engine problems.  He is buried in Kilmacanogue Cemetery, Bray, County Wicklow

8 Apr

WHITE, CYRIL THOMAS MBE  (46972) age: 43

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Seletar and died.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

13 Apr

TACCHI, IAN  (3124174) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH347 of the Central Gunnery School which broke up in the air near Skirlaugh in East Yorkshire.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

17 Apr

LIVINGSTONE, GORDON ROBERT  (3509756) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, VZ501 of No 72 Sqn, which probably flew into the North Sea off Coquet Island in Northumberland after becoming lost in cloud during an air firing exercise.

17 Apr

WATSON, JOHN DESMOND  (4099537) age: 20

AC2

He was serving at RAF St Athan and was found drowned in the St Athan swimming pool, the pool being officially closed at the time.  He is buried in Boverton Cemetery, Llanwit Major.

18 Apr

STAINTON, DEREK  (4051382) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Abu Sueir when he disappeared whilst driving a bus, neither he nor the bus was ever found.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Apr

PEMBROKE, AUDREY  (2813685) age: 21

LACW

She was killed or died whilst serving at RAF Gloucester, but her death was registered in Ipswich.  She is buried in Merton & Morden Cemetery, Carshalton

18 Apr

MITCHELL, ANDREW TANNOCK  (501446) age: 26

A/Sqn Ldr

He was either serving at RAF Uxbridge at the time of his death or died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in Hillingdon Cemetery

19 Apr

HILTON, PERCIVAL COLVILL  (34016) age: 39

Gp Capt

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

20 Apr

FORD, SIDNEY BASIL  (4080164) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WG989 of No 206 Advanced Flying School, which crashed in the circuit whilst conducting 'rollers'.  He is buried in Elstead Cemetery

20 Apr

FARQUHARSON, WILLIAM FOWLER  (1373796) age: 30

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Mosquito T Mk 3, LR527 of the Ferry Training Unit which crashed after control was lost during an asymmetric approach to Benson.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Killin, Perthshire

20 Apr

TRIPP, LESLIE LEONARD  (4062847) age: 19

Plt Off

He was serving at RAF Lindholme at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Gainsborough.  He is buried in Woodhouse Cemetery, Hatfield, Yorkshire

20 Apr

HEWLETT, VICTOR HAROLD  (2577246) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Wellesbourne Mountford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in .  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Wellesbourne Mountford

21 Apr

NUNN, ALLISTER BRAMWELL  (4036651) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA230 of No 229 OCU, which stalled in a steep turn and dived into the sea off Lynton in Devon during an air to air firing exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

21 Apr

VAUGHAN, VICTOR WILLIAM  (646878) age: 31

Sgt

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 Manchester.  He is buried in Christchurch Cemetery, Padgate

23 Apr

KULENKAMPFF, JOHN STRATFORD  (198798) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was being held on the establishment of RAF Innsworth whilst being treated in the RAF Hospital Ely, where he died .  He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium

24 Apr

KEARNEY, MICHAEL FRANCIS  (1905811) age: 37

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Bicester at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Harrow.  He is buried in Hethe Churchyard

25 Apr

MUNTZ, COLIN LEE IRVING  (3129265) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WF747 of No 600 Sqn, which broke up near Chelsfield in Kent.  He was ejected at 600 ft but never separated from the seat, possibly due to a head injury.  He is buried in Biggin Hill Cemetery

25 Apr

GOUDMAN, JOHN MAURICE  (2537104) age: 19

SAC

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

28 Apr

MITCHELL, KENNETH WILLIAM  (4060881) age: 20

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WK506 of No 5 Basic Flying Training School which dived into the ground at Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire after it lost its rear fuselage after colliding with another Chipmunk.  He is buried in Bishopstone Churchyard

28 Apr

PUCKERING, GEOFFREY HOWARD  (4072774) age: 19

SAC

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

28 Apr

SUGGITT, DENNIS CYRIL  (4083072) age: 19

LAC

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

30 Apr

SEYMOUR, ANTHONY WALTER SIMON  (3515887) age: 17

AC2

He was serving at RAF Bridgnorth 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 Felixstowe Cemetery

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