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Casualties - September 1953


1 Sep

ROOKE, ROGER MICHAEL  (2532354) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA403 of No 229 OCU, which collided with WZ190 of the same unit near Hartland Point during a battle formation practice.  He is buried in Heanton Punchardon Churchyard

1 Sep

WALKER, JOSEPH  (2207120) age: 32

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Preston and was killed in a car which collided with a towed boat at Broughton.  He is buried in St Saviour's Parish Churchyard, Bamber Bridge.

2 Sep

PENLEY, BELVILLE NICHOLAS  (1817363) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE917 of No 211 Advanced Flying School, which dived vertically into the ground near Worksop after control was lost in a dive during an air test.  He is buried in Retford Road Cemetery, Worksop

3 Sep

COUPLAND, JOHN  (2376832) age: 24

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, RA475 of No 206 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground.  He was cremated at Sunderland Crematorium

4 Sep

WATTON, BRIAN  (3134158) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA778 of No 66 Sqn, which broke up over Butlin's Holiday Camp at Filey in East Yorkshire as it pulled up from a dive.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

4 Sep

FINCH, ALAN STANLEY  (1604639) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WF648 of No 257 Sqn, which flew into the sea 8 miles off Lowestoft in shallow dive after climbing into cloud from a dive.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

4 Sep

PARRY, JOHN KENNETH  (4094499) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Ballykelly and was asphyxiated on board the ferry Ulster Prince when he fell asleep and a too tight collar pressed on his enlarged thymus gland.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained.

4 Sep

MACKAY, IAN MACKENZIE  (4113360) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Locking at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Birmingham.  He is buried in Erdington Parish Churchyard

4 Sep

COOPER, FREDERICK ALFRED  (562655) age: 40

T/Flt Sgt

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Leiston Cemetery

5 Sep

CHARTER, ROY PATRICK  (126586) age: 34

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VM418 of No 1 ITS, which flew into Clagh Oury on the Isle of Man in thick fog whilst returning to Jurby from RAF Millom.  He is buried in St Georges Churchyard, Millom

5 Sep

FENTON, FRANCIS JAMES  (36166) age: 37

Wg Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VM418 of No 1 ITS, which flew into Clagh Oury on the Isle of Man in thick fog whilst returning to Jurby from RAF Millom.  He is buried in St Georges Churchyard, Millom

5 Sep

RICHMOND, GEORGE ARTHUR  (34203) age: 39

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VM418 of No 1 ITS, which flew into Clagh Oury on the Isle of Man in thick fog whilst returning to Jurby from RAF Millom.  He is buried in St Georges Churchyard, Millom

5 Sep

WORTHINGTON, FRANCIS RICHARD  (26022) age: 46

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VM418 of No 1 ITS, which flew into Clagh Oury on the Isle of Man in thick fog whilst returning to Jurby from RAF Millom.  He is buried in St Patrick's Churchyard, Jurby

7 Sep

BUCKLEY, CLIVE PETER  (3138773) age: 19

LAC

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

7 Sep

TANCOCK, JOHN ALAN  (3511357) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Binbrook 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 Hither Green Cemetery, London

8 Sep

PINK, ANTHONY HERBERT  (4069202) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD621 of No 256 Sqn, which struck the ground on Nordhorn range after flying below the safety height during an attack.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

8 Sep

SOMERSIDE, IAN DOUGLAS GUTHRIE  (2539694) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA712 of No 209 Advanced Flying School Sqn, which crashed near RAF Hullavington following a structural failure.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

8 Sep

O'DONOVAN, CHRISTOPHER JAMES  (4055748) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD621 of No 256 Sqn, which struck the ground on Nordhorn range after flying below the safety height during an attack.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

8 Sep

HOUGH, JOHN KENNETH  (163220) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Farnborough at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Aldershot.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Penwortham

8 Sep

FIELDING, GERALD  (2547626) age: 19

LAC

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

9 Sep

BARSTON, ERNEST  (4066136) age: 20

LAC

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 Helens Cemetery

10 Sep

KILBANK, LESLIE LEONARD  (3138097) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Tengah at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Pasir Panjang Cemetery, Singapore

10 Sep

LAMBE, ROY EDWARD  (3046148) age: 25

Sgt

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 Newcastle upon Tyne.  He is buried in St Columba Churchyard, Topcliffe

11 Sep

YULE, ROBERT DUNCAN DFC and Bar  (33502) age: 33

Wg Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WF695 of RAF Horsham St Faith, which was hit by another aircraft during a formation practice, severing the tail of WF695 which dived into the ground.  He is buried in Old Catton Churchyard

12 Sep

SMITH, PETER CARLTON  (4087167) age: 19

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Middle Wallop at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Andover.  He is buried in John Bosco Cemetery

16 Sep

OWEN, BRYAN  (4074476) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WG879 of No 60 Sqn, which dived inverted into the ground near Labis in Malaya.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

16 Sep

TAYLOR, JOHN ROBERT DOUGLAS  (501111) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE328 of No 266 Sqn, which spun into the sea off RAF Sylt after it suffered an explosion at 6,000 ft whilst returning from an air to air firing practice.  He is buried in St Nicholas Churchyard, Garton, Scarborough

17 Sep

GODFREY, JOHN EDWARD  (2569989) age: 19

AC1

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 Durham S E.  He is buried in Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery

18 Sep

PARRY, WILLIAM BRIAN  (2607893) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ312 of No 208 Advanced Flying School, which he abandoned near Ilchester in Somerset at 300 ft following a dive from 800 ft, which was proceeded by a spin from 8,000 ft but he was too low for the parachute to open.  He is buried in Ilton Cemetery, Ilminster

19 Sep

WARRICK, MICHAEL WALTER  (2427635) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA927 of No 56 Sqn, which broke up over RAF Wyton following a structural failure as it made a sharp pull up during an air display.  He is buried in Barkingside Cemetery, Ilford

19 Sep

WARD, PATRICK RUSSELL  (3126349) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA836 of No 74 Sqn, which broke up over RAF Coningsby whilst making a shallow dive during an air display.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

19 Sep

RANSOME, ARTHUR WILLIAM  (563733) age: 39

WO

He was serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton, his death being registered in Surrey N E.  He is buried in Stevely Road Cemetery, Chiswick

19 Sep

GRAY, REVEREND THOMAS WALTER ROBERT  (502094) age: 39

Sqn Ldr

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

20 Sep

SHEPPARD, WILLIAM RONALD  (562320) age: 41

Sgt

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

22 Sep

WAKEFORD, LIONEL HUBERT DFC  (48267) age: 38

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire T Mk 11, WZ478 of No 233 OCU, which hit the ground and broke up after stalling on the approach to Pembrey as it attempted to make an emergency landing having reported a fire shortly after take off.  He is buried in Pembrey Churchyard

22 Sep

WILLIAMS, WILLIAM HENRY  (2525769) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire T Mk 11, WZ478 of No 233 OCU, which hit the ground and broke up after stalling on the approach to Pembrey as it attempted to make an emergency landing having reported a fire shortly after take off.  He is buried in Erith Cemetery

23 Sep

WHITFIELD, GEORGE  (2553008) age: 22

LAC

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 Ceylon.  He is buried in Colombo General Cemetery

23 Sep

COPELAND, BARRY  (4074047) age: 20

AC1

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 Horncastle.  He is buried in Carlton Cemetery, Nottingham

23 Sep

GILBERT, MALCOLM CYRIL  (1924143) age: 18

SAC

He was serving at RAF Stradishall at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bridgnorth.  He is buried in Chesham Bois Cemetery

25 Sep

COOPER, EDWARD JOHN  (4032938) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF792 of No 67 Sqn, which stalled and dived into the ground as it attempted an overshoot at RAF Wildenrath with the air brakes extended.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

25 Sep

PEARCE, BERNARD GEORGE  (3507490) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF792 of No 67 Sqn, which stalled and dived into the ground as it attempted an overshoot at RAF Wildenrath with the air brakes extended.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

25 Sep

DUNCALF, MICHAEL JOHN  (4105596) age: 24

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 Vineland Cemetery, Ontario

26 Sep

CRADDOCK, ROBERT ALEXANDER  (2439966) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, WD164 of No 48 Sqn, which failed to return from a supply dropping sortie and was eventually found about five miles from Bertam in Malaya.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

26 Sep

DE ROSA, ROBERT FREDERICK  (2453003) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, WD164 of No 48 Sqn, which failed to return from a supply dropping sortie and was eventually found about five miles from Bertam in Malaya.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

26 Sep

LANGLEY, LEONARD DFM  (101468) age: 37

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, WD164 of No 48 Sqn, which failed to return from a supply dropping sortie and was eventually found about five miles from Bertam in Malaya.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

26 Sep

SHILLAKER, JOHN ANTONY  (3121984) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, WD164 of No 48 Sqn, which failed to return from a supply dropping sortie and was eventually found about five miles from Bertam in Malaya.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

27 Sep

FURNISS, GEORGE  (2687094) age: 29

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE912 of No 616 Sqn, which which he abandoned near Spalding in Lincolnshire after white smoke was seen coming from an engine, but his parachute failed to open.  He was cremated at Sheffield Crematorium

28 Sep

GROVER, CHARLES KENNEDY  (2600250) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH407 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which flew into the ground at RAF Honington when he failed to recover from a dive soon enough.  He is buried in Gravesend Cemetery

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