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Casualties - December 1953


2 Dec

KITWOOD, ERIC JOHN  (3512260) age: 25

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ261 of No 130 Sqn, which failed to recover from a spin and crashed near RAF Bruggen during a dogfight practice.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

3 Dec

WHITE, HERBERT JAMES  (514010) age: 41

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 Abingdon.  He is buried in Dringhouses Cemetery, York

3 Dec

CAMERON, IAN BLACK  (4047599) age: 39

Sgt

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

4 Dec

BILLINGS, ROY STANLEY  (4091389) age: 20

SAC

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VS507 of No 12 Group Communications Flt, which entered an incipient spin whilst attempting to overshoot a landing at RAF Newton.  He is buried in Belgrave Cemetery, Leicester

4 Dec

CHRISTIE, JAMES DUDLEY  (4041932) age: 21

SAC

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VS507 of No 12 Group Communications Flt, which entered an incipient spin whilst attempting to overshoot a landing at RAF Newton.  He is buried in Bingham Cemetery

4 Dec

DAVY, MALCOLM LEONARD  (4093691) age: 20

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VS507 of No 12 Group Communications Flt, which entered an incipient spin whilst attempting to overshoot a landing at RAF Newton.  He is buried in City of London Cemetery

4 Dec

HEWITT, RICHARD  (4090237) age: 19

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VS507 of No 12 Group Communications Flt, which entered an incipient spin whilst attempting to overshoot a landing at RAF Newton.  He is buried in Witton Cemetery, Birmingham

4 Dec

MADDICOTT, MICHAEL JOHN  (585356) age: 21

Cpl

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VS507 of No 12 Group Communications Flt, which entered an incipient spin whilst attempting to overshoot a landing at RAF Newton.  He is buried in Brixham Cemetery

4 Dec

YEARSLEY-STRUTHERS, JOHN ROBERT  (545773) age: 34

M Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson T Mk 20, VS507 of No 12 Group Communications Flt, which entered an incipient spin whilst attempting to overshoot a landing at RAF Newton.  He is buried in Bingham Cemetery

4 Dec

SMITH, DEREK WOOD  (3141062) age: 18

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 Redruth.  He is buried in Camborne Cemetery

4 Dec

DAVIES, JOHN GLYN  (613168) age: 42

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Stanmore Park but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

5 Dec

McINTOSH, JOHN  (4100804) age: 20

AC1

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Liverpool N.  He is buried in West Derby Cemetery, Liverpool

9 Dec

WOOD, EVELYN  (405879) age: 36

Flt Off

She was either serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as her death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Midhurst Parish Cemetery

11 Dec

ALLEN, LEWIS RALPH  (3509320) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  He was cremated at South London Crematorium

11 Dec

BERN, MICHAEL BARRON  (3509232) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  He is buried in New Oscott College Cemetery, Sutton Coldfield

11 Dec

BRINKMAN, ALFRED  (2526584) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  He is buried in Springbank Cemetery, Aberdeen

11 Dec

BROWN, HORACE ALEXANDER  (2489612) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  He is buried in Hull Eastern Cemetery

11 Dec

CHEVALLIER, FIELDING  (205235) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  He is buried in Tamlaught Finlagen Churchyard, Ballykelly

11 Dec

DODD, JOHN  (4055729) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  He is buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery

11 Dec

GRIFFIN, MAURICE JAMES  (4060888) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 Dec

GRIFFIN, MAURICE WILFRED RICHARD  (2544583) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

11 Dec

HARRINGTON, PATRICK WILLIAM  (4007653) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  He is buried in St Michael's Cemetery, Athy, County Kildare

11 Dec

McREAVY, ARTHUR GORDON  (996970) age: 37

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL746 of No 240 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off the Hebrides during a navigation exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

12 Dec

GRIFFITHS, RUSSELL GLYN  (2578631) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Kirkham but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Gleiniant Cemetery, Treveglwyn nr Llanidloes

12 Dec

THOMAS, PHILIP JOHN  (4067501) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Yatesbury but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in Brushford Parish Churchyard, Dulverton

13 Dec

HOSSACK, ROBERT WILLIAM  (1928587) age: 15

Boy

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 Westminster.  He is buried in Seale Churchyard, Farnham

13 Dec

ATTWOOD, LESLIE JOHN  (4027922) age: 23

SAC

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 Biggleswade.  He is buried in Henlow Village Churchyard

14 Dec

GARRETT, GEORGE PETER  (4082019) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE311 of No 5 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off List in Germany during an air to air firing exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

16 Dec

BRYANT, PETER  (4037260) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX575 of the Malta Communication Flt which crashed about five miles from RAF Luqa whilst attempting an emergency landing due to an over-speeding propeller which would not feather.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

17 Dec

GLENNON, JAMES FRANCIS  (4070276) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Edzell 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 Bainsford Cemetery, Falkirk

22 Dec

SMITH, JOHN JAMES  (X0537381) age: 48

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA380 of No 118 Sqn, which rolled and spun into the ground near Soltau in Germany during a cine gun exercise.  He is buried in Tamlaught Finlagen Churchyard, Ballykelly

23 Dec

PULE, LAWRENCE CARMEL MICHAEL  (795914) age: 30

LAC

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

24 Dec

AHMAD, OTHMAN BIN  (735019) age: 27

LAC

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Mesjid Telok Bagan, Malaya

24 Dec

BURLEY, CECIL HUBERT  (516728) age: 38

Flt Sgt

He possibly died in the hospital at RAF Ely his death was registered in Scotland?.  He was cremated at St Marylebone Crematorium

24 Dec

JONES, EDWARD ROY  (3130723) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Longley Lane at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bucklow.  He is buried in Southern Cemetery, Withington, Manchester

25 Dec

BLAND, PETER EDGAR  (4091826) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Brampton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Hereford.  He is buried in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Halifax

25 Dec

BARRACLOUGH, COLIN  (3511505) age: 21

Plt Off

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

25 Dec

TELLING, MICHAEL CAVILL  (4122760) age: 20

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 Rotherham.  He was cremated at Sheffield Crematorium

28 Dec

STACEY, DEREK BERNARD  (2409156) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA167 of No 4 Sqn, which dived into the ground after control was lost whilst flying in cu-nim cloud.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

28 Dec

WILLIAMS, MICHAEL GEORGE  (4107139) age: 18

LAC

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

29 Dec

JONES, PETER EDWARD  (2557800) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH197 of No 215 Advanced Flying School, which cartwheeled after striking the ground in the circuit at RAF Finningley.  He is buried in Holy Trinity & St Oswald Churchyard, Finningley

29 Dec

TUNSTALL, GEORGE FENWICK  (2496220) age: 21

Fg 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

31 Dec

TOWLE, ALAN  (583292) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom NF Mk 2, WL829 of No 23 Sqn, which stalled and crashed in an attempted forced landing in a field near Tuxford in Nottinghamshire following an engine failure on a delivery flight to Coltishall.  He is buried in Scottow Cemetery

31 Dec

FISHER, RALPH FREDERICK  (58547) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA654 of the RAF College, which he abandoned near RAF Manby following an engine fire but his parachute lines became entangled with the tail plane.  He is buried in South Darley Churchyard, Matlock

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