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Casualties - March/April 1955


[April]

2 Mar

EDMONDS, EDWARD HOLMES  (4015062) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Hastings C Mk 2, WD484 of the Radar Research Establishment, which crashed into the ground and broke in two after the aircraft adopted a severely steep attitude on take off from Boscombe Down due to the control locks not being removed before flight.  He is buried in Pershore Cemetery

2 Mar

SEAMAN, FREDERICK WILLIAM WILLDIG  (186089) age: 35

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Hastings C Mk 2, WD484 of the Radar Research Establishment, which crashed into the ground and broke in two after the aircraft adopted a severely steep attitude on take off from Boscombe Down due to the control locks not being removed before flight.  He is buried in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough

3 Mar

HARTNOLL, TIMOTHY JOHN  (607362) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE963 of No 34 Sqn, which collided with Vampire, XG765 of RNAS Ford as it took off from RAF Tangmere.  He is buried in St Andrew's Churchyard, Tangmere

4 Mar

LLOYD, WILLIAM  (4089072) age: 22

LAC

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

5 Mar

FLOYD, MICHAEL  (2586323) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Duxford and killed in a traffic accident whilst on duty.  He is buried in Par Churchyard, Cornwall

5 Mar

LINGE, STEPHEN  (2705990) age: 19

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Duxford and was killed in a traffic accident whilst on duty.  He was cremated at Ipswich Crematorium

7 Mar

COOK, CHARLES HERBERT  (4022369) age: 30

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF St Margaret's Bay at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Devizes.  He is buried in Sittingbourne Cemetery

8 Mar

CARRUTHERS, JAMES  (186537) age: 38

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Middle Wallop at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Battle.  He is buried in Bexhill Cemetery

9 Mar

COOPER, DAVID JOHN  (574409) age: 32

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH200 of the Central Flying School which spun into the ground at Broadwell airfield due to the air brakes being left out during an asymmetric training sortie.  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Little Rissington

9 Mar

WARDELL, ANTHONY ROBERT  (4038405) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH200 of the Central Flying School which spun into the ground at Broadwell airfield due to the air brakes being left out during an asymmetric training sortie.  He is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Little Rissington

10 Mar

MILES, CHARLES NEVILLE  (1926869) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Boscombe Down and died in a shooting accident at RAF Kirkham.  He is buried in Rimswell Parish Churchyard

10 Mar

JENNINGS, LESLIE VICTOR  (942438) age: 40

WO

He was serving at RAF Watchet but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in St Decumans Churchyard, Watchet

11 Mar

CROUCH, JULIAN CHARLES  (4058985) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Pembroke C Mk 1, WV698 of the Empire Test Pilots School which hit trees and over-turned whilst making a forced landing near Andover after a engine fire developed during a flight from Lyneham to Farnborough.  He is buried in Ship Lane Cemetery, Farnborough

11 Mar

JAMES, DAVID BENJAMIN DFM  (54302) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Pembroke C Mk 1, WV698 of the Empire Test Pilots School which hit trees and over-turned whilst making a forced landing near Andover after a engine fire developed during a flight from Lyneham to Farnborough.  He is buried in Ship Lane Cemetery, Farnborough

11 Mar

SEWELL, KENNETH JAMES AFC, DFM  (45358) age: 44

Wg Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in Pembroke C Mk 1, WV698 of the Empire Test Pilots School which hit trees and over-turned whilst making a forced landing near Andover after a engine fire developed during a flight from Lyneham to Farnborough.  He was cremated at St John's Crematorium, Woking

11 Mar

GROSFILS, ALBERT JOSEPH THOMAS  (4033714) age: 30

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Gaydon at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wycombe.  He is buried in St Pancras Cemetery

12 Mar

DURANT, SYDNEY JAMES  (553805) age: 33

WO

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 Bucklow.  He is buried in Wilmslow Cemetery

13 Mar

SPEER, GEOFFREY CHARLES  (48360) age: 50

Sqn Ldr

He was serving at RAF Worksop but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Doncaster

14 Mar

BOTTOMS, LESLIE STANLEY  (348618) age: 51

WO

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Magdelan Road Cemetery, Wandsworth

15 Mar

WINZAR, ROBIN FRANK COLIN  (57766) age: 37

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Farnborough at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Aldershot.  He is buried in Ship Lane Cemetery, Farnborough

15 Mar

THOMAS, MICHAEL DENNIS  (4133241) age: 19

LAC

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 St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Halton

16 Mar

ARMSTRONG, HARRY  (3021044) age: 29

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XD755 of No 66 Sqn, which stalled and dived into the ground on the approach to RAF Driffield.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

16 Mar

BOME, COLIN RUSSELL  (2590788) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XD755 of No 66, which stalled and dived into the ground on the approach to RAF Driffield.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

16 Mar

QUAIFE, GORDON HENRY  (1571295) age: 31

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL354 of No 211 Advanced Flying School, which crashed near Retford, probably due to control being lost during an aerobatic and spin training sortie.  He is buried in Edmonton Cemetery

16 Mar

DREW, NORMAN GEORGE  (4157921) age: 18

AC1

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

16 Mar

HARRIS, RALPH MARTIN  (4153876) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF Little Sai Wan at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong

21 Mar

ECCLES, DONALD FREDERICK  (2589927) age: 22

SAC

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 Birmingham.  He was cremated at Sheffield Crematorium

22 Mar

SMITH, BARRIE  (2718574) age: 20

Jnr Tech

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 Birmingham.  He is buried in Sheffield Cemetery

23 Mar

SHELCOTT, DAVID LAWRENCE  (4003933) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WK472 of No 249 Sqn, which dived into the ground after the aircraft lost too much speed in the approach to Amman, probably caused by the loss of a tip tank on take off.  He is buried in RAF Cemetery Amman

23 Mar

BARROW-BENTLEY, PETER FREDERICK  (1812385) age: 29

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD650 of No 228 OCU, which crashed near Masham whilst carrying out a missed approach on a GCA to Leeming.  He is buried in St Swithans Churchyard, Lincoln

23 Mar

BURROWS, ANTHONY ARTHUR  (4110353) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD650 of No 228 OCU, which crashed near Masham whilst carrying out a missed approach on a GCA to Leeming.  He is buried in London Road Cemetery, Kettering

23 Mar

PERCIVAL, DOUGLAS  (532817) age: 38

Sgt

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

26 Mar

BROWN, CYRIL ADOLPHUS MIDDLETON  (511080) age: 46

A/Sgt

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

27 Mar

THOMAS, LESLIE RAYMOND JOHN  (548416) age: 35

Sgt

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

31 Mar

GOLDING, AUDREY MAVIS  (2824128) age: 25

LACW

She was serving at RAF Changi at the time of her death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  She is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

1 Apr

JENKINS, STANLEY THOMAS  (583056) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL474 of No 211 Flying Training School, which crashed whilst attempting an asymmetric overshoot at Gamston.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Worksop

1 Apr

MOFFAT, DUNCAN HERBERT  (2608120) age: 28

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WL474 of No 211 Flying Training School, which crashed whilst attempting an asymmetric overshoot at Gamston.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Worksop

2 Apr

CLIFT, NORMAN ROY PATRICK  (1922202) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE428 of No 6 Sqn, which he attempted to abandon after failing to recover from a spin but was unsuccessful.  He is buried in Habbaniya Cemetery

2 Apr

BOWLER, JOHN EDWARD  (4054418) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 3, PX350 of No 45 Sqn, which collided with PX362 of the same unit at Butterworth whilst doing a flypast of the tower prior to setting off on a delivery flight to Singapore.  He is buried in Western Road Cemetery, Penang

2 Apr

RUSSELL, ROLAND JOHN  (2486651) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hornet F Mk 3, PX362 of No 45 Sqn, which collided with PX350 of the same unit at Butterworth whilst doing a flypast of the tower prior to setting off on a delivery flight to Singapore.  He is buried in Western Road Cemetery, Penang

2 Apr

STEAD, THOMAS HENRY  (4091954) age: 20

SAC

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

3 Apr

LEONARD, WILLIAM SMITH  (2525427) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VZ325 of No 612 Sqn, which having recovered from a spin, rolled and dived into the ground at Brimond Hill near Dyce.  He is buried in Dyce Old Churchyard

5 Apr

GRANT, MALCOLM JAMES CAMERON  (4069128) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB634 of No 67 Sqn, which collided with Anson, TX238 of 2 TAF Comm Sqn near Wildenrath.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

5 Apr

McNAMARA, PATRICK JOSEPH  (908211) age: 36

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, TX238 of No 2 Tactical Air Force Communication Sqn, which was struck by Sabre, XB634 of No 67 Sqn near Wildenrath during a check flight.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

5 Apr

SMITH, ALFRED GEORGE  (200825) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, TX238 of No 2 Tactical Air Force Communication Sqn, which was struck by Sabre, XB634 of No 67 Sqn near Wildenrath during a check flight.  He is buried in Fakenham Parish Cemetery

7 Apr

SHEPHERD, HENRY BARRY  (3050495) age: 29

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Upwood 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 Cambridge Crematorium

8 Apr

WATT, RONALD CHRISTIE  (4128014) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Winthorpe 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 Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh

11 Apr

RENDELL, ERIC WESTHEAD  (1188103) age: 45

Sgt

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

13 Apr

CLULEE, PATRICK JOSEPH  (543346) age: 36

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Winthorpe at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Newark.  He is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Ainsdale

15 Apr

DAFFERN, ALAN  (2719747) age: 22

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Wellesbourne Mountford 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 St Michael's Churchyard, Wyken, Coventry

17 Apr

MILNE, SAMUEL  (2541520) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA432 of No 603 Sqn, which flew into high ground near Haddington in Lothian whilst flying in cloud.  He is buried in Corstorphine Hill Cemetery, Edinburgh

17 Apr

WILSON, EDWARD  (4070819) age: 22

LAC

He was serving at RAF Lindholme at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Don Valley.  He is buried in Charlestown Cemetery, Baildon, Shipley

18 Apr

DUNGATE, LEONARD ROBERT  (4099218) age: 23

SAC

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Tonbridge.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

21 Apr

FULLERTON, JAMES CHEYNE  (1349960) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD754 of No 256 Sqn, which flew into the ground near Oldenburg in Germany after being dazzled by searchlights.  He is buried in Loxley Chapel, Sheffield

21 Apr

GOULD, JEFFREY GRAHAM  (168274) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD754 of No 256 Sqn, which flew into the ground near Oldenburg in Germany after being dazzled by searchlights.  He is buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Oxford

21 Apr

EDMONDS, RAYMOND  (2589497) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Skendleby at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Spilsby.  He is buried in Halesowen Parish Church Cemetery,

22 Apr

MOLDEN, PETER ROBERT  (3507991) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Provost T Mk 1, WV570 of the Central Flying School which he attempted to abandon after being unable to recover from a spin and losing a wing near Kemble, but was unsuccessful.  He is buried in Fleet Cemetery

25 Apr

PRANK, STEPHEN WILLIAM  (2584190) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Stoke Heath at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wolverhampton.  He is buried in Manor Park Cemetery, London

26 Apr

AGNANI, NANIK  (4142210) age: 22

LAC

He stole Varsity T Mk 1, WF426 of No 2 Air Navigation School, and was killed when it crashed into properties at Onning in France near the border with Belgium, four French civilians were also killed .  He is buried in Cemetery of Pere Lachaisse, Paris

27 Apr

TANCOCK, REGINALD DOUGLAS  (510553) age: 45

WO

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

28 Apr

CULLEY, ALAN GEORGE ROBERT  (4141652) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Sutton Bridge 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 Sutton Bridge Parish Churchyard

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