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Casualties - July/August 1954


[August]

3 Jul

LOCKE, KENNETH JOHN  (2587350) age: 22

J/T

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

4 Jul

BOYD, ANTHONY IVAN RICHARD  (3513916) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Thorney Island 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 Hardenhuish Churchyard, Chippenham

5 Jul

GIPSON, RICHARD TREVOR  (4138668) age: 18

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VS258 of No 3 Flying Training School which dived into the ground at Hilgay Fen in Norfolk after stalling during a practice forced landing.  He is buried in St Nicholas Churchyard, Feltwell

5 Jul

COTGREAVE, WILIAM FRANK  (514416) age: 42

T/WO

He was serving at RAF Morton Hall 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

6 Jul

BOGGATT, HUGH SPENCER  (4098762) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Cranwell at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Northampton.  He is buried in Jewish Cemetery, Birmingham 23

7 Jul

BAXTER, ERIC STEAD  (524159) age: 41

A/WO

He was serving at RAF Seletar and died.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

8 Jul

JACK, JOHN  (2526579) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB647 of No 4 Sqn, which flicked into a roll and dived into the ground near Jever whilst executing an overshoot with the air brakes extended.  He is buried in Beath New Cemetery

11 Jul

LUPTON, JOHN ARNOLD  (4131873) age: 19

AC2

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

12 Jul

CONSTABLE, GENE EDMUND THOMAS  (4069345) age: 22

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Cottesmore and was killed in a 3 vehicle collision at Cottesmore.  He is buried in St Nicholas's Churchyard, Cottesmore.

12 Jul

GRECE, CLAIR MANSELL MAYBURY DFC  (36168) age: 39

Gp Capt

He was serving as Officer Commanding, RAF Middle Wallop and was killed whilst flying his own aircraft, Vega-Gull G-AFBC, which crashed shortly after take off from Eastleigh Airport as the result of engine failure due to a faulty magneto.  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Over Wallop.

12 Jul

MINNS, NORMAN WILLIAM  (4027097) age: 24

Cpl

He was serving at RAF North Point 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 Happy Valley Cemetery, Hong Kong

13 Jul

POOLE, JOHN MICHAEL  (4113194) age: 19

LAC

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

15 Jul

O'SHAUGHNESSY, PHILIP WILLIAM  (4106252) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WK408 of No 94 Sqn, which dived into the ground five miles from Celle after being struck by another aircraft during a four aircraft loop.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

16 Jul

BIENIEK, HENRYK  (780938) age: 32

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA307 of No 7 Flying Training School which dived into the ground at Mona on Anglesey whilst executing a slow roll at 200 to 300 ft during a staff continuation training sortie.  He is buried in Caernarvon Public Cemetery

16 Jul

SMITH, ALBERT JAMES  (2703466) age: 21

J/T

He was serving at RAF Kirkham at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Blackpool.  He is buried in Burton-on-Trent Corporation Cemetery

18 Jul

FARRELL, BRIAN BERNARD  (18095682) age:

Cdt

Neither the unit on which he was serving nor his cause of death have yet been ascertained, but his death was registered in Scotland?.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Jul

McCONVILLE, BERNARD  (146751) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FS952 of the HKAAF which spun into the sea off Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong on completion of an aerobatics sortie.  He is buried in Terendak Military Cemetery, Malacca, Malaysia

21 Jul

RANGER, MICHAEL REGINALD EDWARD  (577378) age: 30

Flt Sgt

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

22 Jul

HORNE, JAMES DESMOND  (3509092) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XD707 of No 66 Sqn, which flew into Kinder Scout in the Peak District whilst making a controlled descent through cloud following a practice interception, having flown below the briefed safety height for the descent.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Newton-on Ouse

22 Jul

GREEN, ALAN  (57010) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XD730 of No 66 Sqn, which flew into Kinder Scout in the Peak District whilst making a controlled descent through cloud following a practice interception, having flown below the briefed safety height for the descent.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Newton-on Ouse

22 Jul

HERBERT, ALBERT HENRY  (4087177) 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

22 Jul

BRADLEY, HAROLD ALBERT EDWARD  (532873) age: 43

Sgt

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in North Kesteven.  He is buried in Ramsey Parish Church, Huntingdonshire

23 Jul

STEWART, GEORGE  (3511446) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB865 of No 26 Sqn, which suffered a flame out during a tailchase but just as he ejected the aircraft exploded.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

23 Jul

PRINCE, BRIAN FRANCIS  (4121511) age: 19

LAC

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

24 Jul

NELSON, DEREK  (4076328) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ720 of No 40 Sqn, which crashed into trees at North Elmham on a night approach to Marham in low stratus cloud.  He is buried in Heaton Cemetery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

24 Jul

WHITE, GERALD  (3003061) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ720 of No 40 Sqn, which crashed into trees at North Elmham on a night approach to Marham in low stratus cloud.  He is buried in Church of Sacred Heart, Witton, Droitwich

24 Jul

WILKES, GEORGE SAMUEL  (201044) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ720 of No 40 Sqn, which crashed into trees at North Elmham on a night approach to Marham in low stratus cloud.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering

24 Jul

GOURLEY, HUGH JOHNSTONE  (3507328) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE897 of No 43 Sqn, which collided with WL114 of the same unit and crashed near Leuchars during an interception on a Royal Navy Sea Hawk carrying out practice attack on the station.  He is buried in Leuchars Cemetery

24 Jul

BANTON, FREDERICK WILLIAM  (4143264) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Haydock and was killed in a hit and run incident 200 yrs from his house at Eggington when he hitching home.  He is buried in Eggington Graveyard.

25 Jul

ELSON, GEORGE ERNEST  (H1617224) age: 51

WO

He was serving at RAF Stanmore Park 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 Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip

25 Jul

COX, FRANCIS HENRY  (532493) age: 42

Sgt

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

26 Jul

BRIDLE, HARRY  (1339250) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Provost T Mk 1, WV603 of No 6 Flying Training School which collided with another aircraft during a formation turn and dived into the ground near Tern Hill.  He is buried in Munhead Cemetery

26 Jul

SYER, GORDON  (4147544) age: 20

APO

He was killed whilst flying in Provost T Mk 1, WV603 of No 6 Flying Training School which collided with another aircraft during a formation turn and dived into the ground near Tern Hill.  He is buried in Stoke-on-Tern Cemetery.

27 Jul

BIRDSALL, JOHN MALCOLM  (2548126) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire T MK 11, XD514 of No 5 Flying Training School which spun into the sea off Great Yarmouth, cause unknown.  His body was never recovered.

28 Jul

BENNETT, RONALD  (163439) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL374 of the Central Flying School which collided with WL457 of the same unit near Upper Heyford during a formation change.  He is buried in St Peter's Churchyard, Little Rissington

28 Jul

LAZENBY, CHARLES HARRIS  (66589) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL374 of the Central Flying School which collided with WL457 of the same unit near Upper Heyford during a formation change.  He is buried in St Peter's Churchyard, Little Rissington

28 Jul

DOUCHE, JOHN ROLAND DFC  (59230) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL457 of the Central Flying School which collided with WL374 of the same unit near Upper Heyford during a formation change.  He is buried in Newmarket Cemetery

28 Jul

RENDLE, BRIAN GEOFFREY  (607025) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL457 of the Central Flying School which collided with WL374 of the same unit near Upper Heyford during a formation change.  He is buried in St Peter's Churchyard, Little Rissington

28 Jul

EAST, RONALD RICHARD  (4125869) age: 19

AC1

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

30 Jul

COX, RONALD  (4139942) age: 18

LAC

He was serving at RAF Driffield at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Buckrose.  He is buried in Camberwell New Cemetery

31 Jul

HEYWORTH, DONALD  (1927837) age: 17

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 Wellington.  He is buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Bracewell

3 Aug

HYTCH, DAVID IDWALL  (56206) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Provost T Mk 1, WV545 of No 6 Flying Training School which crashed and burst into flames after colliding with power cables during a low level instrument flying exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

3 Aug

STAFFORD, LEONARD HAROLD  (1921013) age: 22

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Provost T Mk 1, WV545 of No 6 Flying Training School which crashed and burst into flames after colliding with power cables during a low level instrument flying exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

3 Aug

ILES, ROBERT ANTHONY VICTOR JOSEPH ALFRED JOHN  (796458) age: 24

Cpl

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

3 Aug

ALLISON, THOMAS EDWARD  (57857) age: 37

Flt Lt

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 was cremated at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds

5 Aug

FORDYCE, JAMES  (4122757) age: 19

LAC

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

7 Aug

PRESCOTT, ALFRED GERARD  (115693) age: 44

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Aldergrove 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 Erdington Abbey Cemetery, Birmingham

7 Aug

SINGH, SANOKH  (4018) age:

Off Cdt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX240 of the Malaysian Air Force, which dived into the ground at Jugra in Malaya following a structural failure resulting from striking a tree during a low flying exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

7 Aug

WILSON, ROY  (4008) age:

Off Cdt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX240 of the Malaysian Air Force, which dived into the ground at Jugra in Malaya following a structural failure resulting from striking a tree during a low flying exercise.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

9 Aug

SMITH, TERENCE ALFRED  (4080170) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK936 of No 245 Sqn, which crashed at the disused airfield at Wombleton near Pickering after hitting a hanger during a low level practive attack on the airfield.  He is buried in St Marys Cemetery, London

9 Aug

DAWN, DAVID  (587015) age: 20

J/T

He was serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton, his death being registered in Malvern.  He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium

10 Aug

BENSTED, TONY ROY  (1926159) age: 18

SAC

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

12 Aug

RIDLEY, JOHN ALBERT  (583392) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra PR Mk 3, WE149 of No 540 Sqn, which dived inverted into the ground at Wyton whilst attempting an overshoot.  He is buried in Houghton & Wyton Burial Ground

12 Aug

SUFFERN, WILLIAM ROBERT  (3508920) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra PR Mk 3, WE149 of No 540 Sqn, which dived inverted into the ground at Wyton whilst attempting an overshoot.  He is buried in Crumlin New Cemetery

12 Aug

PENDERGAST, TREVOR JOHN  (4112530) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV464 of No 9 Flying Training School which flew into the ground near Watchett in poor visibility.  He is buried in Ilton Cemetery, Ilminster

13 Aug

HOBBS, CYRIL GEOFFREY  (4031556) age: 24

Cpl

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 Cambridge.  He is buried in Whittlesford Churchyard

14 Aug

PINN, LOUIS JOHN  (582411) age: 25

Sgt

He died from injuries sustained whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 1, SX976 of No 214 Sqn, when he was struck by shrapnel from one of the bombs they had just dropped, exploded prematurely below the aircraft.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

16 Aug

ADDY, ALAN RONALD  (1813180) age: 29

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH873 of No 76 Sqn, which crashed into a wood short of the runway whilst carrying out a radar approach  to Wittering.  He is buried in Great Northern Cemetery, Southgate, London

16 Aug

MARSDEN, JOHN KENNETH GUILLE  (4016236) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH873 of No 76 Sqn, which crashed into a wood short of the runway whilst carrying out a radar approach  to Wittering.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering

16 Aug

TAYLOR, KENNETH WILLIAM  (167780) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH873 of No 76 Sqn, which crashed into a wood short of the runway whilst carrying out a radar approach  to Wittering.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering

16 Aug

HEY, RALPH DOUGLAS  (2576738) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV608 of No 5 Flying Training School which crashed in the circuit at Oakington after catching fire.  He was cremated at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds

18 Aug

MARLAND, GORDON EDWARD  (4090049) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Buckeburg at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

20 Aug

CARTHEW, GEORGE MORETON  (4113239) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire T Mk 11, XD530 of No 9 Flying Training School which flew into the ground about four miles from Merryfield whilst flying in poor weather conditions.  He is buried in Ilton Cemetery, Ilminster

20 Aug

OSSENDORF, ROBERT  (788962) age: 38

Flt Sgt

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

20 Aug

OSBORNE, BRIAN EDWARD ALFRED  (4022263) age: 25

SAC

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 Kings Lynn.  He is buried in St Johns Cemetery, Margate

20 Aug

BLACKBURN, ERIC BRIAN  (3501471) age: 25

A/Sgt

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

23 Aug

CHALMERS, DAVID  (2515883) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH656 of No 109 Sqn, which crashed at Scampton whilst attempting an overshoot during which one of the engines failed.  He is buried in Hemswell Cemetery

23 Aug

EDGELEY, KEITH REGINALD  (584063) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH656 of No 109 Sqn, which crashed at Scampton whilst attempting an overshoot during which one of the engines failed.  He is buried in Wendover Parish Church

24 Aug

WALTERS, LESLIE CLAUDE  (4071109) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WR192 of No 249 Sqn, which struck the ground after delaying a pull out from a diving attack until it was too late to recover.  He is buried in RAF Cemetery Amman

24 Aug

WILLIAMSON, JOSEPH  (332181) age: 53

Flt 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 Nottingham.  He is buried in Bingham Cemetery

25 Aug

FIELD, ROGER OWEN FAURE  (3141783) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX202 of No 1 Flying Training School, which suffered a structural failure and came down near Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire, cause unknown.  He is buried in Forest Row Cemetery, Sussex

25 Aug

McTAVISH, ROBERT STEWART  (163297) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, FX202 of No 1 Flying Training School, which suffered a structural failure and came down near Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire, cause unknown.  He is buried in Catholic Church Cemetery, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

26 Aug

HOWARD, THOMAS FARADAY  (585173) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 4, WF962 of No 80 Sqn, which disintegrated on hitting the sea off Waglan Island in Hong Kong whilst carrying out a slow roll alongside a departing troopship.  He is buried in Terendak Military Cemetery, Malacca, Malaysia

27 Aug

ASTON, EDMUND PETER  (3515081) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH190 of No 8 Flying Training School which he attempted to abandon after it became uncontrollable in a dive, but he was unsuccessful.  He is buried in High Hoyland Churchyard, Barnsley

28 Aug

BROWN, GEOFFREY ALWYN GIBSON  (4143335) age: 18

AC2

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 Leicester.  He is buried in Messingham Parish Church

28 Aug

MASON, SYDNEY EDWARD  (4018721) age: 31

A/Sgt

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

28 Aug

HOLMES, DAVID NICOLAS  (4088430) age: 20

J/T

He was serving at RAF Patrington 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 St Mary's Church, Elmesthorpe, Leicestershire

29 Aug

WALKER, DAVID MURRAY  (506003) age: 46

WO

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

30 Aug

COOPER, RONALD JAMES  (592365) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WB673 of the RAF Abingdon which struck a series of garages at RAF Bicester after control was lost whilst flying at low level.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Abingdon

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