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Casualties - July 1953


1 Jul

LOWTHROP, ADRIAN HUGH HUXLEY  (3509009) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA165 of No 145 Sqn, which flick rolled and crashed on attempting to recover at too low an altitude from a rocket attack at Fassberg.  He was cremated at Celle Crematorium

1 Jul

WEAVER, ERIC  (2520561) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Wellesbourne Mountford but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Hendon

2 Jul

GRINHAM, RONALD PERCY  (2448549) age: 22

A/Sgt

He was serving at HQ Unit, RAF Middle East, RAF Abu Sueir at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Moascar Garrison Cemetery

3 Jul

SMITH, ALAN ALFRED  (2687105) age: 29

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE862 of No 616 Sqn, which dived vertically at high speed into the sea off Malta.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

4 Jul

FORD, JAMES BANNER  (543789) age: 37

Snr Tech

He was serving with No 109 MU, RAF Abyad at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

8 Jul

FORREST, ROGER  (607269) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, VZ556 of No 257 Sqn, which collided with VZ560 of the same unit during a formation practice for the Queen's Coronation Review.  He was cremated at Ipswich Crematorium

8 Jul

BLEWETT, ANTHONY HERBERT  (201325) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, VZ560 of No 257 Sqn, which collided with VZ556 of the same unit during a formation practice for the Queen's Coronation Review.  He is buried in Needham Market Cemetery

8 Jul

PRYOR, COLIN RANDOLPH  (4017921) age: 24

Cpl Tech

He was serving with No 109 MU, RAF Abyad at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

8 Jul

TIGHE, CHARLES EDWARD  (583773) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WG875 of No 28 Sqn, which violently flick rolled into the sea off Shelter Island, Hong Kong whilst carrying out a rocket attack.  He is buried in Happy Valley Cemetery, Hong Kong

8 Jul

BRAY, NORMAN ARTHUR NAPIER  (37081) age: 39

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA735 of RAF Leuchars, which flicked to port and side-slipped into the ground after flying speed lost due to an open canopy shortly after taking off from Leuchars.  He is buried in Leuchars Cemetery

9 Jul

PORTEOUS, ROGER CAVE  (37867) age: 40

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV665 of No 145 Sqn, which stalled and crashed on the approach to RAF Wahn.  He was cremated at Celle Crematorium

10 Jul

LONG, TERENCE RICHARDSON  (583295) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WL582 of No 26 Sqn, which dived into the ground from a cu-nim cloud near Moorhausen in Germany after control was lost.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

10 Jul

ENGEL, GILBERT  (3504849) age: 22

LAC

He was serving at RAF Benson but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Bushey Jewish Cemetery, Watford

10 Jul

HUTCHINSON, KENNETH  (4043229) age: 21

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Cardington at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Croydon.  He is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery

10 Jul

DAVIES, ROBERT LLOYD REES DFC  (63457) age: 31

A/Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Turnhouse 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 Llantisiliog Island Church, Menai Bridge

15 Jul

LACEY, BRUCE PHILIP HORTON  (3500580) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 3, WB898 of No 45 Sqn, which turned in for a gun attack near Butterworth but it then became a near vertical dive, no recovery attempt was made.  He is buried in Western Road Cemetery, Penang

16 Jul

DIGHT, PHILIP JOHN  (57727) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor FR Mk 9, WX973 of No 79 Sqn, which struck the ground and broke up whilst taking action to avoid a farm house on the approach the RAF Gutersloh.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

16 Jul

GOBEL, BERNARD MICHAEL JOHN  (4049318) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Kinloss 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 Nunhead Cemetery

16 Jul

WHITE, WILLIAM JAMES  (585310) age: 21

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Kinloss 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 Presteigne Cemetery, Radnorshire

18 Jul

FLANAGAN, KEVIN JOHN  (2543482) age: 19

LAC

He was serving with No 109 MU, RAF Abyad at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

18 Jul

McCRETON, TERENCE  (2557876) age: 19

SAC

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 Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery

19 Jul

ISAACS, VICTOR WILLIAM  (2559265) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Changi at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He was cremated at Porchester Crematorium, Gosport

20 Jul

WOOD, NORMAN OBE  (73489) age: 59

Gp Capt

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

20 Jul

LAKIN, DOREEN  (2135863) age: 29

LACW

She was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and her death is registered in Sheffield.  She is buried in City Road Cemetery, Sheffield

21 Jul

SHARP, DENIS ARTHUR  (2542237) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT138 of No 215 Advanced Flying School, which dived out of cloud and crashed on Masham Moor in the Yorkshire Dales whilst waiting to make a GCA approach to RAF Linton-on-Ouse.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

22 Jul

YOUNG, ANTHONY DOWDING  (3134744) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK978 of No 64 Sqn, which flew into the ground at West Wickham in Suffolk after emerging from cloud with the dive brakes extended.  He is buried in St Johns Churchyard, Warminster

22 Jul

DAVIES, MAURICE PETER  (119872) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WD350 of the Leeds UAS which crashed at Birkin, West Yorkshire when it failed to recover from a spin.  He is buried in Kirby Wharfe Churchyard

22 Jul

BROWN, MICHAEL ARTHUR FERNLEY  (4114766) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF Compton Bassett at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Durham N.  He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gosforth

23 Jul

THOMAS, LESLIE AERON  (2542564) age: 19

AC2

He was killed when he was struck by Vampire FB Mk 9, WL563 of No 213 Sqn, which was taxying along the perimeter track at RAF Deversoir.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

24 Jul

KILMISTER, HAROLD THOMAS  (3507334) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor FR Mk 9, WB113 of No 79 Sqn, which he abandoned near Volkel after his fuel had become dangerously low whilst attempting a GCA, but his parachute failed to open.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

24 Jul

KIRKPATRICK, PETER ROBERT JOHNSTON  (2600605) age: 25

Fg Off

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ862 of No 607 Sqn, which made a forced landing in sand dunes near RAF Sylt after running out of fuel.  He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium

24 Jul

ROBERTS, BRIAN JOHN  (4095331) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV456 of No 208 Advanced Flying School, which collided with WA438 of the same unit as they both attempted to land at Merryfield.  He is buried in Ilton Cemetery, Ilminster

24 Jul

LANE, RICHARD BARRIE  (4090854) age: 24

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA438 of No 208 Advanced Flying School, which collided with VV456 of the same unit as they both attempted to land at Merryfield.  He is buried in Abingdon Churchyard, Northampton

25 Jul

HOLMES, DONALD  (2592088) age: 21

AC2

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 Durham S E.  He is buried in Harton Cemetery, South Shields

25 Jul

RICHARDSON, LAURENCE IVAN  (572553) age: 31

Snr Tech

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

25 Jul

WINSTONE, BASIL CHURCHILL  (41142) age: 39

Sqn Ldr

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

26 Jul

KEMSLEY, ROLAND JOHN  (36070) age: 46

Wg Cdr

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He was cremated at Hannover Crematorium

26 Jul

McCLUSKIE, WILLIAM  (1373384) age: 30

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Waddington 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 Balsusney Road Cemetery, Kirkaldy

27 Jul

HILL, PETER  (582978) age: 23

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA159 of No 234 Sqn, which spun into the ground shortly after taking off from RAF Butzweilerhof as part of a four-ship formation.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

28 Jul

DUFF, JAMES WILSON  (167841) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WM222 of No 68 Sqn, which crashed at Soulme in Belgium after hitting some trees on a hill during a night interception sortie.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

28 Jul

MILES, JAMES IVOR  (2547114) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WM222 of No 68 Sqn, which crashed at Soulme in Belgium after hitting some trees on a hill during a night interception sortie.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

28 Jul

WHITWORTH-JONES, MICHAEL EDWARD DFC  (57562) age: 27

Flt Lt

The son of AM Sir John Whitworth-Jones, he was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE261 of the Central Fighter Establishment which lost the starboard wing following an explosion during a ground attack trial on the ranges at Holbeach.  He is buried in East Raynham Churchyard

29 Jul

BARRETT, JOHN DOUGLAS  (4065560) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WM146 of No 256 Sqn, which collided with a USAF F-86 near Bruggen.  He is buried in British Military Cemetery, Cologne

29 Jul

LANGAN, MAURICE MICHAEL  (2221733) age: 41

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Castle Archdale 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 Sligo Cemetery

29 Jul

McNEILL, FRANK  (1101654) age: 37

Sgt

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

29 Jul

WILLIAMS, GORDON  (4078312) age: 22

AC1

He was serving at RAF Spitalgate and was killed when a RAF ambulance overturned near Metheringham.  He is buried in Cwm Cemetery, Monmouthshire.

30 Jul

SMITH, SYDNEY EDWARD  (3064042) age: 25

A/Plt Off

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

31 Jul

HOGG, GERALD STUART  (4058120) age: 20

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VS259 of No 3 Flying Training School, which dived into the ground after stalling at 100 ft near Nordelph in Norfolk.  He is buried in Altrincham Cemetery

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