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Casualties - January/February 1955


[February]

1 Jan

KENTFIELD, JOHN  (582806) age: 24

SAC

He was serving at RAF Chenies at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Hemel Hempstead.  He is buried in St Nicholas Church, Witham

2 Jan

PEILL, ARTHUR ERNEST  (125645) age: 39

Fg Off

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

3 Jan

HADLEY, RAYMOND THOMAS  (2595878) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Innsworth, and was killed when the car in which he was travelling, on his return from leave, went out of control and crashed into a ditch on the Northern by-pass in Oxford.  He is buried in St Marys Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Rise, London.

3 Jan

DOUGLAS, JAMES BRUCE  (569007) age: 35

WO

He was serving at RAF Stafford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Surrey N E.  He is buried in Thornton Cemetery

5 Jan

BUTLER, ANTHONY WILLIAM  (589900) age: 15

App Air

He was serving at RAF Halton or died in the RAF Hospital at Halton, his death being registered in Islington.  He is buried in East Finchley Cemetery

5 Jan

HYLTON, SYDNEY  (954393) age: 35

Sgt

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

7 Jan

HUDSON, BRIAN THOMAS  (4137368) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Bruggen but was probably on leave when he was killed  when the car in which he was travelling collided with a trolley standard in St Eunoch's Road, Bradford.  He is buried in Bowling Cemetery, Bradford.

10 Jan

KENWORTHY, ALEXANDER TELFORD  (3044553) age: 27

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA666 of No 12 Flying Training School, which failed to recover from a dive shortly after take off from Weston Zoyland.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

10 Jan

WILLS, JOHN WILLIAM  (607182) age: 24

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA666 of No 12 Flying Training School, which failed to recover from a dive shortly after take off from Weston Zoyland.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

10 Jan

SMITH, DOUGLAS FRANCIS JAMES  (1587513) age: 31

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL342 of the Ferry Training Unit which crashed at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire on taking off from Benson.  He is buried in St Helen's Churchyard, Benson

11 Jan

BOARD, GEORGE  (582531) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

GOODWIN, JOHN THOMAS  (1528407) age: 31

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

MORGAN, EWAN JOHN  (3514976) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

RAE, MCLEOD CAMPBELL  (553934) age: 32

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

RICHARDS, KENNETH GEORGE  (2528568) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

ROGERS, GLYN  (3129527) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

SWANN, LESLIE RAYMOND  (2567345) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

THOMPSON, GORDON  (2452977) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

WEBB, BRIAN HENRY  (2522807) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WG531 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WL743 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

CATHCART, IRVINE OLIVER  (610220) age: 37

M Sig

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

COOPER, LEONARD WILLIAM  (3000086) age: 30

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

DAVIES, HARRY  (1675778) age: 31

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

HORROCKS, NORMAN  (583200) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

MALE, DENNIS  (1851971) age: 29

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

MOLYNEUX, GEOFFREY  (4100757) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

RIDGERS, RAYMOND EDWARD  (1852146) age: 30

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

SCOTT, CHARLES WILLIAM  (3515591) age: 19

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

WOOD, LEONARD WILLIAM  (1338001) age: 30

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 2, WL743 of No 42 Sqn, which is believed to have collided with WG531 of the same unit near the Fastnet Rock.  His body was never recovered.

11 Jan

FISHER, GORDON EWART  (4084670) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF783 of No 72 Sqn, which rolled and dived into the ground whilst attempting an asymmetric overshoot.  He was cremated at County Crematorium, Charing

11 Jan

WOODYER, MALCOLM JOHN  (57563) age: 29

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF783 of No 72 Sqn, which rolled and dived into the ground whilst attempting an asymmetric overshoot.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

15 Jan

RYAN, ALBERT EDWARD  (4123220) age: 21

LAC

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

17 Jan

MARTIN, RODERICK ULICK  (4054424) age: 24

Fg Off

He was serving on an exchange posting with the RAAF and was killed when he was accidentally ejected from the navigator's seat of a Canberra.  He is buried in Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane.

17 Jan

NUNNELEY, WILLIAM FREDERICK  (590316) age: 42

WO

He was serving at RAF Melksham and committed suicide by hanging himself in his room.  He is buried in Hillingdon Cemetery.

18 Jan

ABERDEIN, ALASTAIR MACRAE  (31079) age: 41

A/Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM309 of RAF Ismailia, which dived into the sea off Kuwait, cause unknown.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Jan

CRANLEY, PATRICK GABRIEL JOSEPH  (45839) age: 38

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM309 of RAF Ismailia, which dived into the sea off Kuwait, cause unknown.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Jan

DEAN, MAURICE  (31177) age: 40

Wg Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM309 of RAF Ismailia, which dived into the sea off Kuwait, cause unknown.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Jan

IRENS, HENRY JAMES  (37014) age: 42

Gp Capt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM309 of RAF Ismailia, which dived into the sea off Kuwait, cause unknown.  He is buried in

18 Jan

RADLEY, THOMAS ROY  (1607218) age: 31

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM309 of RAF Ismailia, which dived into the sea off Kuwait, cause unknown.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Jan

STEPHENSON, RAYMOND HARRISON OBE  (50899) age: 39

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, VM309 of RAF Ismailia, which dived into the sea off Kuwait, cause unknown.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 Jan

MARSH, GEORGE CHARLES  (916386) age: 41

WO

He was serving at RAF Jurby at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in IoM?.  He is buried in Henlow Village Churchyard

19 Jan

PHARAOH, DEREK ALBERT  (4119147) age: 20

Plt Off

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

21 Jan

FORD, JAMES JOSEPH  (4139084) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Hednesford and was killed in a motorcycle accident when he collided with an oncoming coach on an icy road in fog.  He is buried in Erdington Abbey Cemetery.

21 Jan

BROWNE, LAWRENCE JAMES  (107282) age: 33

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Nicosia and was unlawfully killed by Thomas Griffiths, an American.  He is buried in Nicosia Military Cemetery

22 Jan

COX, RONALD ROBERT  (4140697) age: 19

LAC

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 Moascar Garrison Cemetery

22 Jan

NASH, EDWARD ERIC  (4132414) age: 24

A/Plt Off

He was probably killed whilst flying in CA-45 Expeditor, 1479 of RCAF, which crashed in a snow-covered field 4,5 mi S of Sanford on a routine training flight.  He is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg.

22 Jan

EDMEADES, RONALD DEREK  (4104307) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF West Malling and died in the West Kent Hospital from injuries sustained the previous evening whilst riding pillion on a motorcycle on the Malling-Snodland road.  He was cremated at Garden of Remembrance, Charing Crematorium.

23 Jan

JONES, ANTHONY PRICE  (2737230) age: 23

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Bridgnorth and was found dead in the dispensary of the station from cyanide poisoning.  He is buried in Meridale Cemetery, Wolverhampton.

23 Jan

HURD, HENRY GEORGE  (3500623) age: 26

Cpl

He was serving with No 79 Sqn at RAF Laarbruch and died from injuries sustained in an accident whilst working on an ejection seat in an aircraft.  He is buried in Ketton Cemetery.

23 Jan

CLARKE, ANTHONY JOHN  (2700406) age: 23

SAC

He was serving at RAF Lyneham and was killed in a rail derailment at Sutton Coalfield.  He was cremated at Nottingham Crematorium

23 Jan

NEWTON, MICHAEL TERENCE  (4075536) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF St Athan and was killed in a rail derailment at Sutton Coalfield.  He is buried in Borough Cemetery, Sutton Coldfield.

27 Jan

FOXWELL, ROGER GEOFFREY  (2740336) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Hednesford and was killed when the van in which was travelling was in a head-on collision with a lorry on Watling Street, Dunstable.  He is buried in Orpington Parish Church.

30 Jan

POOLE, ROY  (4112603) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF Kai Tak and was killed in a accident whilst off duty, possibly a cycling accident.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong.

1 Feb

TURNER, MICHAEL JOHN  (2567127) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT115 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which struck the ground in a side-slip and crashed near Neasham whilst recovering to Middleton St George after a night cross-country exercise.  He is buried in Darlington West Cemetery

1 Feb

WAINE, DAVID  (2608806) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA262 of No 5 Flying Training School which he attempted to abandon after it became uncontrollable in a spin, but was unsuccessful.  He was cremated at Anfield Crematorium

1 Feb

TEMPLAR, SIDNEY WALTER  (149969) age: 34

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF849 of the ITF which dived into the ground near RAF Nicosia as the result of the elevators becoming fouled by bolts.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

1 Feb

CLOSE, HERBERT MARKHAM  (2719863) age: 19

AC2

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

2 Feb

HASTINGS, IAIN  (183367) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL408 of No 12 Flying Training School, which struck the ground near Durston in Somerset on recovering from a stall turn.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

2 Feb

MARVIN, JOHN HAROLD  (3507713) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL408 of No 12 Flying Training School, which struck the ground near Durston in Somerset on recovering from a stall turn.  He is buried in Weston Zoyland Cemetery

2 Feb

MANN, SIDNEY VICTOR  (549468) age: 36

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Daventry 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 Towcester Road Cemetery

3 Feb

KERR, JOHN  (73263) age: 42

Wg Cdr

He was serving at RAF Hucknall 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 Hucknall UDC Cemetery

4 Feb

TAYLOR, ARTHUR JAMES CROSSLAND  (578833) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB760 of No 71 Sqn, which crashed near Julich in Germany after failed to regain control which was lost whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

4 Feb

MEWETT, SIDNEY FREDERICK  (356855) age: 49

WO

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

6 Feb

ABU SAMAH BIN DOL, X X X X  (734418) age: 22

LAC

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

7 Feb

GRANGER, DONALD  (2715500) age: 22

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Acklington 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 Darlington West Cemetery

7 Feb

HISCOCK, FREDERICK WILLIAM  (4123322) age: 23

LAC

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

10 Feb

RIDDICK, THOMAS WILLIAM  (564400) age: 47

WO

He was serving at RAF Medmenham 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 Peters Churchyard, Marlow

10 Feb

RICKWOOD, FRANCIS HORACE  (3136692) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB840 of No 26 Sqn, which dived into the ground near Oldenburg, cause unknown.  He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium

14 Feb

FINCH, JEFFREY ERIC  (4105666) age: 23

SAC

He was serving at RAF West Raynham and was killed at Brandon in Suffolk when his motorcycle was hit by a USAF truck being driven by a drunk US airman without authorisation.  He is buried in Pinner New Cemetery.

15 Feb

ENGELBACH, PATRICK STEVENS  (122946) age: 32

Sqn Ldr

The squadron commander, he was killed whilst flying in Venom NF Mk 2, WR781 of No 23 Sqn, which crashed at Rougham in Norfolk after it struck a tree causing a fire shortly after taking off from West Raynham.  He was cremated at St Faith's Crematorium, Horsham St Faith

15 Feb

WRIGHT, MICHAEL JOHN  (3511033) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom NF Mk 2, WR781 of No 23 Sqn, which crashed at Rougham in Norfolk after it struck a tree causing a fire shortly after taking off from West Raynham.  He is buried in Scottow Cemetery

15 Feb

LEPPARD, WILLIAM HENRY  (3140567) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Tengah and died accidentally at Butterworth.  He is buried in Western Road Cemetery, Penang

16 Feb

SWALLOW, RICHARD REE  (2590055) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ147 of No 5 Flying Training School which flew into the ground near Oakington, cause unknown.  He is buried in Longstanton Churchyard

18 Feb

PRICE, JOHN DOUGLAS AFC  (193057) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Boscombe Down where he was found dead in his room, trussed up in bondage gear with padlock and handcuffs, an open verdict being returned.  He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, Worthing.

19 Feb

BARTLETT, STANLEY ALBERT GEORGE  (3031978) age: 29

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX984 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed near Kiambu in Kenya after losing parts of the airframe as a result of hitting the roofs of three rondavels whilst making a low pass over a police post on its return from a bombing sortie.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

19 Feb

HOLLANDS, NORMAN VICTOR  (4101999) age: 20

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX984 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed near Kiambu in Kenya after losing parts of the airframe as a result of hitting the roofs of three rondavels whilst making a low pass over a police post on its return from a bombing sortie.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

19 Feb

HUNT, ALAN LEONARD  (3509504) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX984 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed near Kiambu in Kenya after losing parts of the airframe as a result of hitting the roofs of three rondavels whilst making a low pass over a police post on its return from a bombing sortie.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

19 Feb

KING, ALEXANDER  (4062893) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX984 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed near Kiambu in Kenya after losing parts of the airframe as a result of hitting the roofs of three rondavels whilst making a low pass over a police post on its return from a bombing sortie.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

19 Feb

NORTH, ALAN WILLIAM  (582403) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX984 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed near Kiambu in Kenya after losing parts of the airframe as a result of hitting the roofs of three rondavels whilst making a low pass over a police post on its return from a bombing sortie.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

19 Feb

PARRY, JOHN GRAHAM  (4085277) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, SX984 of No 49 Sqn, which crashed near Kiambu in Kenya after losing parts of the airframe as a result of hitting the roofs of three rondavels whilst making a low pass over a police post on its return from a bombing sortie.  He is buried in City Park Cemetery, Nairobi

19 Feb

COBNER, ALLAN EDWARD  (1930263) 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 Merthyr Tydfil.  He is buried in Aberfan Cemetery

19 Feb

HUTTON, VICTOR GARNETT  (4117844) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Newhaven and was found hanged in a barn in the village of Affronville, near Dieppe.  He is buried in Newhaven Cemetery.

22 Feb

JEFFERY, AUBREY JAMES  (3512201) age: 28

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WM169 of No 87 Sqn, which dived into the ground whilst attempting a overshoot at Wahn during an emergency landing following a fire.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

22 Feb

WRIGHT, JOHN STEELE  (584695) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WM169 of No 87 Sqn, which dived into the ground whilst attempting a overshoot at Wahn during an emergency landing following a fire.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

24 Feb

FLOWERS, ERIC ARTHUR  (365850) age: 45

WO

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

24 Feb

GOODWIN, FREDERICK CHARLES  (565891) age: 39

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF West Malling 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 West Malling Parish Churchyard

26 Feb

KIRKHAM, KENNETH JAMES  (3045680) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WG865 of No 28 Sqn, which dived into the ground after stalling on the approach to Sek Kong.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong

26 Feb

GRIFFITHS, MALCOLM VICTOR THOMAS  (3510043) age: 22

SAC

He was serving at RAF Manby and was found dead in ditch beside his motorbike near Manby.  He is buried in St Andrews Church, Chedder.

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