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Casualties - May 1953


2 May

GREGORY, EDGEWORTH FRANK WINTER  (582982) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE271 of No 5 Sqn, which dived into the ground from 100 ft whilst attempting to make an emergency 'wheels up' landing on the crash strip at RAF Wunstorf following an engine fire.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

2 May

HAVERCROFT, MAURICE HENRY  (4081420) age: 22

A/Plt Off

Neither the unit on which he was serving nor his cause of death have yet been ascertained, but his death was registered in Scotland?.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

2 May

POLLITT, RONALD  (48519) age: 36

A/Sqn Ldr

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

4 May

BONES, KENNETH BELTON  (607192) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH246 of No 205 Advanced Flying School, which struck a mast during a high speed low level run across Measham airfield and crashed from a descending turn whilst attempting to recover.  He is buried in Darlington West Cemetery

4 May

TURNER, ANTHONY  (579941) age: 24

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH246 of No 205 Advanced Flying School, which struck a mast during a high speed low level run across Measham airfield and crashed from a descending turn whilst attempting to recover.  He is buried in Darlington West Cemetery

4 May

FULLER, HAROLD JOHN  (57018) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX209 of No 22 Flying Training School, which spun in from low level at Farnsfield in Nottinghamshire during an instrument flying detail.  He is buried in Newark Cemetery

4 May

HORNE, WILLIAM  (4055772) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Horsham St. Faith at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Norwich Outer.  He is buried in Irthlingborough Cemetery

4 May

MURPHY, THOMAS JOSEPH  (625466) age: 46

Sgt

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Scotland?.  He is buried in Liberton Cemetery, Edinburgh

5 May

MARGETTS, RONALD CONWAY  (3507430) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, VZ446 of No 74 Sqn, which broke up after striking the ground during a practice attack on the disused control tower at Horham.  He is buried in Old Catton Churchyard

6 May

PRESTON, DAVID CHARLES  (2548270) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VR228 of No 2 Flying Training School, which stalled and dived into the ground at Londonderry during an overshoot.  He is buried in Arboe Churchyard, County Tyrone

6 May

HERRICK, ROBERT  (70899) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF300 of No 22 Flying Training School, which dived vertically into the ground about 7 seven miles from Newark after emerging from cloud in a shallow dive at high speed.  He is buried in Newark Cemetery

6 May

MADDISON, RONALD GEORGE  (3509906) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Ballykelly but died at the Chemical Warfare Establishment, Porton Down whilst taking part in experimental tests with Sarin gas.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained .

7 May

COOKE, FRANK  (2224623) age: 30

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

CORNFORD, CLIFFORD ALBERT DFM  (3504359) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

DUNN, GORDON JOSEPH ERNEST  (2553973) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

EDWARDS, WILFRID LEONARD  (3136365) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

FARADAY, PAUL HAROLD  (2552395) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

HALLISEY, WILLIAM FREDERICK  (1852509) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

HOPKINS, ROBERT VIVIAN  (2553312) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

HUNTER, ALAN EDWARD  (2554020) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.   

7 May

SMITH, DENNIS WILLIAM  (2544492) age: 23

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

7 May

WILLIAMS, HUGH VICTOR  (167294) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta T Mk 3, WG258 of No 1 Air Navigation School, which came down in the sea 25 miles off Hartland Point during an air navigation training exercise.  

8 May

SLOAN, WILLIAM HAROLD NEILSON DFC  (141361) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Tempest TT Mk 5, NX151 of the APS Sylt which flew into trees near Oldenberg.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

9 May

THEWLES, HORACE JOHN AUDLEY OBE  (37836) age: 42

Wg Cdr

He was serving at RAF Acaster Malbis 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 Bishopthorpe Churchyard

9 May

BENNETT, JOHN EDWIN  (2516752) age: 20

LAC

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Ploughley.  He is buried in South Leet Churchyard, Betsham

9 May

AUSTIN, BRIAN  (4115334) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF Wittering and died in Stamford and Rutland Hospital from a cerebral abscess.  He is buried in Audenshaw Cemetery.

10 May

WATSON, KENNETH GEORGE  (3500622) age: 30

SAC

He was serving at RAF St Eval 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 York Cemetery

11 May

WHITE, JOHN GEORGE  (4086267) age: 22

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police 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

12 May

GOODFIELD, KENNETH  (4087544) age: 19

LAC

He was flying as the observer in Auster AOP Mk 6, VF574 of No 1903 Flt Sqn, which crashed into the Imjin River after colliding with a cable across the river, he survived the crash but was swept away by the current.  He is buried in United Nations Cemetery, Pusan

14 May

PARSONS, DENNIS RONALD  (180574) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 3, WB872 of No 33 Sqn, which struck the ground during an attack on an Army camp whilst attempted to recover too late from the dive.  He is buried in Western Road Cemetery, Penang

14 May

SEXTON, JOHN  (2510784) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF Langtoft and was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Langtoft to Bourne road.  He was cremated at Kingston on Thames Crematorium.

14 May

ANNESS, LIONEL HUBERT AFC  (31017) age: 47

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Llandow at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bridgend.  He was cremated at Pontypridd Crematorium

14 May

SCOTT, GEOFFREY HAZZARD  (4062634) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF Stoke Holy Cross at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Blyth, Suffolk.  He is buried in Old Catton Churchyard

15 May

BOURNE, IAN DESMOND  (108164) age: 29

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF821 of No 64 Sqn, which came down in the North Sea during an instrument flying practice.  He is buried in Oksby Churchyard, Denmark

15 May

DOW, ALISTAIR MACDOUGALL  (152246) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF821 of No 64 Sqn, which came down in the North Sea during an instrument flying practice.  His body was never recovered.

15 May

HALLINAN, THOMAS  (4101431) age: 25

LAC

He was serving at RAF Acklington and was killed when he was hit by a car on the way to a dance.  He is buried in Glantane Cemetery, Mallow, County Cork.

15 May

MURRAY, THOMAS  (4060025) age: 20

AC2

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 Fayid Military Cemetery

16 May

GREAVES, HAROLD  (45223) age: 42

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Kenley but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium

17 May

DOLLITTLE, GEORGE PETER  (3504358) age: 25

Fg Off

A member of No 205 Sqn he was on exchange with No 77 Sqn RAAF and was killed whilst flying Meteor F Mk 8, A77-856, which failed to return from a ground attack sortie approximately 10 miles north of Haeju in Korea.  He is buried in Terendak Military Cemetery, Malacca

17 May

LEE, ANTHONY JOHN  (4074035) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Feltwell at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Downham.  He is buried in Colchester Borough Cemetery

18 May

BISHOP, JOHN HAROLD VAUS  (2547093) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ315 of No 234 Sqn, which crashed into trees at Evensdorff during a dummy attack on an Army lorry.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

18 May

PORTE, WALTER  (2523804) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV623 of No 229 OCU, which entered an inverted spiral dive and crashed into the sea off Lynton in Devon after stalling during a dummy attack on an air to air target.  His body was never recovered.

18 May

PADDINGTON, IVOR ERNEST  (4050848) age: 26

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 Fayid Military Cemetery

18 May

MAY, ALAN WILLIAM  (2533039) age: 22

Jnr Tech

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 Stamford.  He is buried in Hatfield Cemetery

19 May

HOOD, TREVOR JOHN  (2600262) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK929 of No 211 Advanced Flying School, which dived vertically into the ground from cloud shortly after taking off from Ollerton.  He is buried in Retford Road Cemetery, Worksop

20 May

BLAIR, ALEXANDER PARK  (4060173) age: 20

LAC

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Scotland?.  He is buried in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley

21 May

KEMP, BERNARD GUY  (4093690) age: 19

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 was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

23 May

PACKWOOD, RONALD THOMAS  (1271944) age: 30

Flt Sgt

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 Luton.  He is buried in Luton Church Cemetery

24 May

TEEGAN, THOMAS EDMOND LEO  (577598) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WG278 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which struck the ground and burst into flames after rapidly losing height in a steep turn following an engine failure shortly after take off from Livingstone Airport in North Rhodesia.  He is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery

24 May

THOMAS, PHILIP ALFRED  (928191) age: 46

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Chigwell but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Hither Green Cemetery, London

24 May

NEWBOULT, RICHARD TERRY  (2562265) age: 20

A/Plt Off

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Worth Valley.  He is buried in Shipley Cemetery

25 May

WALKER, LAWRENCE PERCIVAL  (4067660) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Coltishall 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 St Peters Churchyard, Burnham

25 May

BYRNE, THOMAS RAYMOND JOHN  (4049904) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Wyton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in St Ives.  He is buried in Houghton & Wyton Cemetery

27 May

LEGG, RICHARD THOMAS  (4093564) age: 19

AC1

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 Barnstaple.  He is buried in Seaborough Parish Church, Beaminster, Dorset

27 May

SAWFORD, MICHAEL JOHN  (586399) age: 19

App Air

He was serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton, his death being registered in Hemel Hempstead.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Halton

27 May

TAYLOR, PETER CHARLES  (586465) age: 19

App Air

He was serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton, his death being registered in Hemel Hempstead.  He is buried in Weston-Super-Mare Cemetery

28 May

STENT, GORDON  (578542) age: 28

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA175 of No 94 Sqn, which cartwheeled and crashed inverted, bursting into flames after rolling on take off from RAF Celle.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

28 May

LEWIS, DONALD BRUCE  (4048818) age: 20

Cpl

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

28 May

DOWNEY, GEORGE WILLIAM  (4119870) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF West Malling at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bromley.  He is buried in St Patricks Cemetery, Leytonstone

29 May

BARRASS, KENNETH  (2567741) age: 21

LAC

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

30 May

GRIEVE, STEWART CAMERON CAVERS MB, CH.B  (502851) age: 25

Fg Off

He was serving at RAF Ruislip at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in France.  He is buried in Municipal Cemetery, Fontainebleau

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