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Casualties - November 1953


1 Nov

SMITHER, GEOFFREY BUXTON DFC  (41484) age: 36

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Tempest TT Mk 5, SN289 of the APS Sylt which he attempted to ditch off Westreland near RAF Sylt following an engine failure.  He is buried in Sutton and Cheam Cemetery

2 Nov

WILLIAMS, GEORGE HOWARD  (72971) age: 51

A/Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Medmenham but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Seer Green Cemetery, Buckinghamshire

3 Nov

REVELL, DONALD GEORGE  (582861) age: 23

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Boscombe Down at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Salisbury.  He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, Worthing

3 Nov

STRONG, RICHARD MORTIMER  (2559045) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Kenley at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Ploughley.  He is buried in Patcham Cemetery, Brighton

3 Nov

ROBERTS, REGINALD  (2592018) age: 21

AC2

He was serving at RAF Swanton Morley 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 Helens Cemetery

4 Nov

FORD, DOUGLAS GEORGE  (182256) age: 30

A/Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK886 of No 245 Sqn, which dived into the sea off Acklington after possibly colliding with the drogue spreader bar when the target drogue broke away from the tug.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

4 Nov

SAUNDERS, HAROLD ROY  (4080198) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WF910 of No 231 OCU, which crashed into a row of cottages when it undershot an emergency landing at Mildenhall following a double engine failure.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

5 Nov

POLLOCK, ARTHUR JAMES  (4075632) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB730 of No 67 Sqn, which collided with XB690 during a cross-over, he was ejected from the aircraft but was probably unable to release himself from the seat.  He is buried in British Military Cemetery, Cologne

6 Nov

HOWARD, VICTOR  (576599) age: 29

Cpl Tech

He was serving at RAF Biggin Hill at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Greenwich.  He was cremated at Streatham Crematorium

6 Nov

POLLOCK, FREDERICK JOHN  (4040323) age: 23

A/Cpl

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

7 Nov

KEITH, WILLIAM  (5004431) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK805 of No 500 Sqn, which collided with WF640 of the same unit whilst barrel rolling around it, he managed to eject but failed to release himself from the seat.  He is buried in Lumphanon New Cemetery

7 Nov

GRIFFIN, ROLAND STEPHEN  (199292) age: 43

Flt Lt

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

7 Nov

DUNCAN, ALEXANDER LESLIE CAMERON  (503041) age: 25

Fg Off

He was possibly a medical officer detached from RAF Sharjah to the Trucial Oman Levies and was shot dead by two dissident soldiers of the TOL.  He is buried in New Christian Cemetery, Manama

8 Nov

FOX-LINTON, RICHARD ANTHONY  (500982) age: 33

A/Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL458 of the Central Flying School which crashed at Kingham in Oxfordshire after becoming inverted during an asymmetric practice flight.  He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium

8 Nov

MEAD, RAYMOND GEOFFREY  (58721) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL458 of the Central Flying School which crashed at Kingham in Oxfordshire after becoming inverted during an asymmetric practice flight.  He is buried in Chadwell Heath Cemetery

9 Nov

GOLDIE, JOHN  (609037) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Henlow at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Hitchin.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

9 Nov

DANIELS, PERCY MAC  (2555592) age: 22

LAC

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

10 Nov

SMITH, FREDERICK JOSEPH  (4078925) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA161 of No 94 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Neaustadt in Germany after it entered a spiral at about 14,000 ft during a tail chase.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

10 Nov

LEWIS, NOEL ERIC DAVID  (142546) age: 31

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Swift F Mk 1, WJ965 of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment which struck the ground in a flat spin near Fordingbridge whilst investigating the stall characteristics in the landing configuration.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 Nov

BENNETT, DAVID GEORGE  (4040945) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX490 of No 48 Sqn, which is thought to have broken up in a severe storm shortly after taking off from Singapore.  His body was never recovered.

11 Nov

HOLLOWAY, KEITH  (4113448) age: 19

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX490 of No 48 Sqn, which is thought to have broken up in a severe storm shortly after taking off from Singapore.  His body was never recovered.

11 Nov

JACKSON, COLIN  (2579102) age: 21

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX490 of No 48 Sqn, which is thought to have broken up in a severe storm shortly after taking off from Singapore.  His body was never recovered.

11 Nov

MASTERTON, JOSEPH AUGUSTUS  (4030062) age: 23

Cpl

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX490 of No 48 Sqn, which is thought to have broken up in a severe storm shortly after taking off from Singapore.  His body was never recovered.

11 Nov

THOMPSON, ALFRED HAROLD  (1625933) age: 31

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX490 of No 48 Sqn, which is thought to have broken up in a severe storm shortly after taking off from Singapore.  His body was never recovered.

11 Nov

WALLIS, LEWIS EDGAR  (4062288) age: 21

AC1

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX490 of No 48 Sqn, which is thought to have broken up in a severe storm shortly after taking off from Singapore.  His body was never recovered.

11 Nov

WOOD, FRANCIS  (578958) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX490 of No 48 Sqn, which is thought to have broken up in a severe storm shortly after taking off from Singapore.  His body was never recovered.

13 Nov

McNAUGHTON, CHARLES LAWSON  (515811) age: 44

WO

He was serving at RAF Bishopbriggs at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Scotland?.  He was cremated at Dundee Crematorium

13 Nov

NORTHOVER, CONSTANCE JOAN  (5330) age: 37

Flt Off

She was killed or died whilst serving at RAF Gloucester, but her death was registered in Bournemouth.  She was cremated at Christchurch Borough Crematorium, Bournemouth

14 Nov

FLETCHER, ARTHUR MICHAEL  (2600580) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH383 of No 610 Sqn, which flew into a hill at Edgeworth in Lancashire whilst flying in formation in cloud.  He is buried in Landican Cemetery, Birkenhead

14 Nov

MERCER, ANTHONY BASIL  (188288) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH384 of No 610 Sqn, which flew into a hill at Edgeworth in Lancashire whilst flying in formation in cloud.  He is buried in St Mary's Church Cemetery, Welshpool

16 Nov

TOWNSON, WILLIAM  (37072) age: 41

A/Wg Cdr

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

16 Nov

TWEEDY, CHRISTOPHER PAUL  (3509125) age: 20

Cpl

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 Exeter.  He is buried in St John's Church, Torquay

16 Nov

SAVORY, NORMAN JAMES  (2523782) age: 23

Plt Off

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

17 Nov

WHITBY-JAMES, DAVID MICHAEL  (3510259) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WL604 of No 32 Sqn, which crashed and exploded near RAF Nicosia after flicking into a series of rolls on pulling out too sharply from a diving attack.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

17 Nov

SAKER, ROBERT JOHN  (2237954) age: 26

Flt Lt

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

18 Nov

BRIDGWOOD, BRIAN ELLIS  (4123919) age: 21

AC2

He was serving at RAF Hemswell at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Welton.  He is buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Leicester

19 Nov

JACKSON, MARTIN  (2560624) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA251 of No 208 Advanced Flying School, which cartwheeled after striking the runway in a stall whilst attempting execute a 'roller' during his first solo on type.  He is buried in Kingswood Churchyard

19 Nov

BARNES, PETER CHARLES  (47313) age: 36

Sqn Ldr

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium

20 Nov

DUNSBY, ERIC GEORGE  (4127878) age: 20

AC1

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

22 Nov

MacKINTOSH, DONALD JOHN  (4031151) age: 23

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Cosford 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 Kiltearn Churchyard

22 Nov

PELLING, REGINALD HERBERT HAVELOCK  (44376) age: 46

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Cosford 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 Donington Parish Churchyard

22 Nov

ROTHERY, ROBERT EDWARD  (1563236) age: 35

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Oldenburg at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Holy Cross Churchyard, Wallsend

22 Nov

MACKAY-RYAN, DAVID GEORGE  (4070736) age: 20

AC1

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

23 Nov

MARTIN, JAMES PATRICK  (4067149) age: 20

LAC

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, and was killed by a by hit and run driver at Old Stratford after he had walked back to pick up his hat, which had blown off as he was riding as a pillion passenger.  He is buried in Bathgate Cemetery.

23 Nov

NICHOLSON, CLIVE HOWARD  (4063736) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF St Athan 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 Corporation Cemetery, Cheltenham

24 Nov

PUGH, ANTHONY CORBYN ROLAND  (607352) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV619 of No 229 OCU, which flew into the ground whilst he was attempting to fix his position during a low level cross-country flight.  He is buried in Eglwysfache Cemetery

24 Nov

DAVIS, BENJAMIN WILFRED  (945425) age: 48

Sgt

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Wyton & Houghton Burial Ground

25 Nov

DEACON, JAMES VICTOR  (2565462) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Worksop at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Nottingham.  He was cremated at Wilford Hill Crematorium, West Bridgford

26 Nov

CHURCH, JACK JOSEPH  (1290097) age: 31

WO

He was serving at RAF Church Lawford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Rugby.  He is buried in Enfield Highway Urban District Cemetery

26 Nov

MELLOR, NORMAN  (4098919) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Worksop 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 Buxton Cemetery

30 Nov

INNES, JOHN LESLIE WALROND DFC  (120945) age: 32

Flt Lt

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 Westminster.  He is buried in West Malling Parish Churchyard

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