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Casualties - May/June 1954


[June]

1 May

DAVIS, JOCELYN FRANCIS BAVERSTOCK  (91372) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV602 of No 613 Sqn, which he abandoned near Macclesfield but he struck his head on the tail plane and his parachute was also damaged.  He is buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery

2 May

MacCARTHY, THOMAS PATRICK  (576769) age: 30

Snr Tech

He was serving at RAF Benson 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 Cemetery of Hospices de Bayeux

3 May

BOURTON, GORDON THOMAS  (4089252) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Eastleigh at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

4 May

LUPTON, WILLIAM HENRY  (4003951) age: 25

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Hooton Park 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 Preston Cemetery

4 May

BENNETT, ANTONY VICTOR  (607576) age: 19

Flt Cdt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WK568 of the RAF College, which failed to recover from a stall and crashed near Boston.  He is buried in St Andrews Churchyard, Cranwell

6 May

STONE, IAN RICHARD  (4119906) age: 18

A/Cpl

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 Bromley.  He is buried in Edmonton Cemetery

13 May

THORNTON, NEIL HAMILTON  (2532311) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Swift F Mk 1, WK208 of No 56 Sqn, which crashed near Waterbeach shortly after take off but despite jettisoning the canopy, he failed to eject.  He is buried in St Martins Graveyard, Ruislip

13 May

SEMPLE, JAMES  (613376) age: 36

WO

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in Kilbrice Cemetery, Carrickfergus

15 May

KENDALL, JOHN BRYAN  (4133031) age: 18

LAC

He was serving at RAF Church Fenton 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 St Marys Churchyard, Alne

15 May

CLARIDGE, MICHAEL  (4136991) age: 18

LAC

He was serving at RAF Lyneham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Cirencester.  He is buried in St Georges Cemetery, Gloucester

15 May

PREECE, MICHAEL HENRY  (2568940) age: 20

AC1

He was serving at RAF Lyneham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Oxford.  He is buried in St Pauls Cemetery, Cheltenham

18 May

SANKEY, JOHN GILBERT  (4063720) age: 21

SAC

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 Garden of Rest, St James's Churchyard, Handsworth

20 May

BARKER, PETER PODMORE  (195972) age: 34

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Auster AOP Mk 6, VF640 of RAF Turnhouse, which rolled over and dived into the ground on the approach to RAF Leuchars.  He is buried in Gloucester Road Cemetery, Bournemouth

20 May

JACKSON, PATRICK EDWIN  (190364) age: 33

Flt Lt

A navigator and intelligence officer, he was killed whilst flying in Auster AOP Mk 6, VF640 of RAF Turnhouse, which rolled over and dived into the ground on the approach to RAF Leuchars.  He is buried in Corstorphine Hill Cemetery, Edinburgh

20 May

MANSELL, ANTHONY JOHN BAYNES  (500496) age: 26

Flt Lt

An RAF Regiment officer, he was killed whilst flying in Auster AOP Mk 6, VF640 of RAF Turnhouse, which rolled over and dived into the ground on the approach to RAF Leuchars.  He was cremated at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh

20 May

BROWN, MICHAEL JOHN  (4131565) age: 18

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF West Drayton but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in Stowbridge Cemetery

21 May

CARRINGTON, MAURICE  (4064426) age: 21

AC1

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 Habbaniya Cemetery

21 May

SMITHWHITE, WILLIAM ARNOLD  (4063532) age: 23

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Watton 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 Harton Cemetery

22 May

BLOW, HAROLD DFC  (158577) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH278 of No 616 Sqn, which dived into the ground out of cloud near Sandtoft, reason unknown.  He is buried in City Road Cemetery, Sheffield

22 May

PALMER, JOHN GODFREY PHILIP  (2717612) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Bridgnorth and was killed when the civilian lorry he was travelling in, was in collision with another vehicle and then crashed off a bridge onto a railway line below.  He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, Worthing

22 May

TURNER, MAURICE CHARLES  (4137806) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF St Mawgan and died as a result of inhaling fumes whilst working on old fire extinguishers.  He is buried in Shobrooke Church Cemetery

23 May

DANCY, RAYMOND DENNIS  (4108777) age: 23

AC1

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

23 May

LANCASTER, DAVID ERNEST CHARLES  (4145878) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Bridgnorth and was killed when the civilian lorry he was travelling in, was in collision with another vehicle and then crashed off a bridge onto a railway line below.  He is buried in Wimborne Road Cemetery, Bournemouth

25 May

HARDY, ALBERT CHARLES  (4082666) age: 20

LAC

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

27 May

PARK, THOMAS RUSSELL  (4095234) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH422 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which crashed near Denston in Suffolk after control was lost as a result of the canopy fracturing in flight.  He was cremated at Paisley Crematorium

27 May

NETHERWOOD, JACK DFC  (182538) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WP779 of No 5 Refresher Flying School which struck the ground at Castle Bromwich whilst carrying out a slow roll at too low a speed and altitude.  He was cremated at Leeds Crematorium

28 May

ROBERTSON, JAMES MCLEAY  (2207169) age: 29

A/Sgt

He was on the strength of RAF Warton at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Ipswich.  He is buried in Barking Churchyard, Willisham

29 May

CHEW, JOHN  (1003835) age: 36

Sgt

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 Bedford.  He is buried in Cardington Churchyard

29 May

BROWN, ALLEN  (3514001) age: 19

LAC

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

30 May

McCLAY, BRIAN KING  (2600973) age: 24

Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF751 of the Queens University Air Sqn which flicked over and crashed at Loughall in Armagh whilst flying at low level.  He was cremated at Kensal Green Crematorium

31 May

SPENCE, THOMAS  (1926293) age: 17

SAC

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

1 Jun

EDMUNDS, DEREK GODFREY  (2576265) age: 23

SAC

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

2 Jun

MASON, BARRY  (4086117) age: 20

Cpl

He was serving 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

2 Jun

BISSET, JAMES SIMPSON  (2714562) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Harpur Hill at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Ashbourne.  He is buried in Presbyterian Churchyard, Thornhill

3 Jun

WATSON, WILLIAM KENNETH DFC  (500722) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra PR Mk 3, WF928 of No 58 Sqn, which burst into flames and disintegrated over the Sandbanks Ranges in West Germany, probably resulting from a photo-flash detonating in or close to the aircraft.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

3 Jun

WILSON, JOHN MAURICE  (138043) age: 34

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra PR Mk 3, WF928 of No 58 Sqn, which burst into flames and disintegrated over the Sandbanks Ranges in West Germany, probably resulting from a photo-flash detonating in or close to the aircraft.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

3 Jun

PHILIPS, PETER DEREK  (2547694) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH308 of No 226 OCU Sqn, which dived into the ground six miles from Stowmarket after he lost control at low level.  He is buried in Haverhill Cemetery

4 Jun

LONGDEN, DEREK RONALD  (4031139) age: 23

Cpl

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

7 Jun

SWINDELLS, JAMES PETER  (4142982) age: 18

AC2

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

8 Jun

KELLY, STEPHEN FREDERICK  (3091408) age: 26

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK906 of No 211 Flying Training School which crashed five miles from Cottesmore whilst flying a turbulent weather and rain on a night cross-country exercise.  He is buried in Bandon Hill Cemetery

10 Jun

WHITWORTH, DENNIS LESLIE  (4124699) age: 21

LAC

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

12 Jun

GAUNTLETT, ERIC JOHN GERARD  (18092863) age: 28

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire F Mk 24, PK719 of the HKAAF which pulled up sharply from an 'attack', stalled and dived vertically into the sea off Shelter Island, Hong Kong.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

12 Jun

RILEY, JACK  (49395) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He was cremated at St John's Crematorium, Woking

12 Jun

GREAVES, ROBERT BENTLEY  (4124654) age: 24

LAC

He was serving at RAF Waterbeach at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Derby.  He is buried in All Saints Church Burial Ground, Dudwell, Halifax

13 Jun

BROWN, MICHAEL THOMAS  (4119426) age: 19

LAC

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

14 Jun

HARDAKER, RALPH JOHN  (4113664) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Sutton-on-Hull at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Holderness.  He was cremated at Leeds Crematorium

17 Jun

ERSKINE, MACALISTER COOPER  (4089538) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ579 of No 27 Sqn, which dived into the ground at Eastnor near Hereford from high altitude, possibly due to annoxia.  He is buried in Cowpen Cemetery, Blyth

17 Jun

PARKER, VICTOR MANSELL  (582706) age: 25

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ579 of No 27 Sqn, which dived into the ground at Eastnor near Hereford from high altitude, possibly due to annoxia.  He is buried in Itchinfield Churchyard

17 Jun

RICKETTS, GEOFFREY BRIAN  (4067539) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ579 of No 27 Sqn, which dived into the ground at Eastnor near Hereford from high altitude, possibly due to annoxia.  He is buried in Brighton & Preston Cemetery

18 Jun

HAYWARD, MICHAEL GYLES CHRISTOPHER  (2590840) age: 19

Off Cdt

He was a U/T Fighter Controller and was killed whilst flying in Balliol T Mk 2, WG149 of No 288 Sqn, which crashed near Ibsley after the port wing and tail suffered a failure in flight.  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Over Wallop

18 Jun

HORSKY, JINDRICH  (788117) age: 40

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Balliol T Mk 2, WG149 of No 288 Sqn, which crashed near Ibsley after the port wing and tail suffered a failure in flight.  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Over Wallop

18 Jun

SANDYS-WINSCH, SIMON EDWARD ERNEST  (4024688) age: 28

Cpl

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Hethersett Parish Cemetery

19 Jun

COUCH, ERIC GEORGE  (44356) age: 44

A/Wg Cdr

He was serving at RAF Hereford but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Ely as his death was registered in Ely.  He is buried in Credenhill Churchyard

19 Jun

POLTON, KENNETH  (168181) age: 31

Flt Lt

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

19 Jun

MORGAN, ALWYN GEOFFREY HALLEN  (3511044) age: 20

Flt Cdt

He was killed whilst flying in Balliol T Mk 2, WF993 of the RAF College, which failed to recover from a stall turn executed at 200 ft over Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham.  He is buried in St Andrew's Churchyard, Cranwell

21 Jun

CARTER, RAYMOND HARRY  (1232309) age: 33

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Provost T Mk 1, WV561 of No 22 Flying Training School which dived into the ground at Thorpe Hill in Lincolnshire at high speed, cause unknown.  He is buried in Clifton Road Cemetery, Rugby

21 Jun

BOWDLER, EDWARD JOHN  (4118821) age: 19

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Dakota C Mk 4, KN647 of the Malta Communication Flt which flew into high ground on the approach to Eastleigh on a night flight from Entebbe in poor weather.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

21 Jun

BRIGGS, LEONARD  (3138881) age: 23

SAC

He was killed whilst flying in Dakota C Mk 4, KN647 of the Malta Communication Flt which flew into high ground on the approach to Eastleigh on a night flight from Entebbe in poor weather.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

21 Jun

GREEDY, CLIFFORD JOHN WILLIAM  (521705) age: 39

Chf Tech

He was killed whilst flying in Dakota C Mk 4, KN647 of the Malta Communication Flt which flew into high ground on the approach to Eastleigh on a night flight from Entebbe in poor weather.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

21 Jun

HEMY, WILFRED PHILIP  (57504) age: 34

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Dakota C Mk 4, KN647 of the Malta Communication Flt which flew into high ground on the approach to Eastleigh on a night flight from Entebbe in poor weather.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

21 Jun

HILLS, JOHN MICHAEL  (4121109) age: 19

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Dakota C Mk 4, KN647 of the Malta Communication Flt which flew into high ground on the approach to Eastleigh on a night flight from Entebbe in poor weather.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

21 Jun

THOMPSON, JOHN  (1336487) age: 32

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Dakota C Mk 4, KN647 of the Malta Communication Flt which flew into high ground on the approach to Eastleigh on a night flight from Entebbe in poor weather.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

21 Jun

WILLIAMS, RONALD DAVID MICHAEL  (4032558) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Dakota C Mk 4, KN647 of the Malta Communication Flt which flew into high ground on the approach to Eastleigh on a night flight from Entebbe in poor weather.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

22 Jun

MURPHY, DENNIS JOHN  (176918) age: 31

Sqn Ldr

He sustained fatal injuries whilst flying in Sea Fury FB Mk 11, VX818 of the Empire Test Pilots School which broke whilst making a forced landing near Farnborough following an engine failure during a test flight.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

23 Jun

ELKS, HERBERT LAWRENCE  (611727) age: 38

Snr Tech

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 Chippenham.  He is buried in Colerne Churchyard

24 Jun

INGLESON, JACK JAMES  (1686103) age: 30

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD981 of No 231 OCU when he was thrown from the aircraft after the canopy was accidently jettisoned, injuring the pilot.  In trying to assist the pilot he may have accidently activated the tail actuator switch, thereby inducing negative 'g'.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

24 Jun

KING, JOHN  (583883) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD981 of No 231 OCU when he was thrown from the aircraft after the canopy was accidently jettisoned, injuring the pilot.  In trying to assist the pilot he may have accidently activated the tail actuator switch, thereby inducing negative 'g'.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

24 Jun

WYCHE, PETER CYRILL  (59481) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WD981 of No 231 OCU which crashed near Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket after he was injured when the canopy was accidentally jettisoned.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

24 Jun

GATES, RICHARD THOMAS FAIRFAX DFC, AFC  (37064) age: 40

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH639 of the RAF Flying College, which broke up in the air and crashed near Doncaster whilst flying at high speed at about 10,000 ft, cause unknown.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

24 Jun

OLIVER, PETER  (177340) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH639 of the RAF Flying College, which broke up in the air and crashed near Doncaster whilst flying at high speed at about 10,000 ft, cause unknown.  He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium

26 Jun

DART, GRAHAM WILLIAM  (4111300) age: 20

Cpl

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

26 Jun

CLAYDEN, JAMES WILLIAM  (574947) age: 32

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Swinderby 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 St Germain's Churchyard, Thurlby

28 Jun

BROWN, DAVID BARTHOLOMEW  (4106247) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH239 of No 228 OCU, which he attempted to abandon after the canopy blew off on take off, but was unsuccessful.  He was cremated at Coventry Crematorium

28 Jun

FISHER, DERRICK JOHN SCOTT  (4082144) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Eastleigh at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

29 Jun

CAINS, DANIEL TERENCE HOOPER  (585100) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 12, WS600 of No 85 Sqn, which he attempted to abandon near Berwick after both engines stopped at 10,000 ft, but his parachute caught on the tailfin.  He is buried in Ann's Hill Cemetery, Gosport

29 Jun

FISHER, JOHN FREDERICK  (4088914) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 12, WS600 of No 85 Sqn, which he attempted to abandon near Berwick after both engines stopped at 10,000 ft, but he did not leave the aircraft.  He is buried in West Ham Cemetery

30 Jun

WOODCOCK, PETER CHARLES  (3517672) age: 18

AC2

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 North Kesteven.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

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