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Casualties - May/June 1955


[June]

1 May

GRIFFIN, WILLIAM ALEC  (1598576) age: 35

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 Worth Valley.  He is buried in Morton Cemetery, Keighley

1 May

HILL, DAVID JOHN  (503197) age: 23

Fg Off

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 Ealing.  He is buried in Heston & Isleworth Borough Cemetery

3 May

McENTEGART, JOHN ROXBURGH  (607367) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE357 of No 14 Sqn, which struck a tree near Munsterlager in Germany after getting too low during a practice diving attack.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

3 May

WENSTROM, JOHN ANTHONY  (2713159) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Lords 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 Cottingley Hall Cemetery, Leeds

4 May

MYLCHREEST, THOMAS ARTHUR  (508136) age: 47

Sgt

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 Stroud.  He is buried in Brimscombe Burial Ground

5 May

BALL, GERALD  (523274) age: 41

M Nav

He was serving at RAF Kinloss 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 Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground

6 May

HOLMES, SARAH ANN  (2823036) age: 20

SACW

She was serving at RAF Spitalgate at the time of her death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however her death was registered in Grantham.  She is buried in City Cemetery, Belfast

8 May

ANDREWS, JOAN ETHEL  (2815797) age: 34

Fg Off

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 British Military Cemetery, Hamburg

9 May

PRICE, DENNIS BRIAN  (4109638) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WM268 of No 141 Sqn, which crashed into the North Sea off Cromer during a low level practice attack at night.  His body was never recovered.

9 May

PRICTOE, RUDOLPH ARTHUR DAVID  (4078005) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WM268 of No 141 Sqn, which crashed into the North Sea off Cromer during a low level practice attack at night.  His body was never recovered.

10 May

PARKER, JOHN ERNEST  (579671) age: 28

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WA819 of No 63 Sqn, from which he ejected over Essex after experiencing problems during a high speed pursuit at 30,000 ft, but the canopy failed to jettison and he hit the tailfin after going through the canopy.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

10 May

BROWN, ROBERT MICHAEL  (3139052) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH716 of No 231 OCU, which dived inverted into the ground at Stowmarket after climbing away from a successful GCA at Shepherds Grove, probably due the tailplane actuator failing.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

10 May

HAWKES, PETER JOHN  (4117642) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH716 of No 231 OCU, which dived inverted into the ground at Stowmarket after climbing away from a successful GCA at Shepherds Grove, probably due the tailplane actuator failing.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

10 May

RATCLIFFE, JOHN EDWARD  (4117643) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WH716 of No 231 OCU, which dived inverted into the ground at Stowmarket after climbing away from a successful GCA at Shepherds Grove, probably due the tailplane actuator failing.  He is buried in Bassingbourn Cemetery

12 May

TRITTON, ROBERT ANTHONY  (4142035) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE904 of No 211 Flying Training School, which struck the ground and crashed at Millthorpe in Derbyshire after partially recovering from a steep dive from cloud.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Worksop

12 May

OSBORNE, NORMAN ALAN  (4090789) age: 20

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Honington 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 Stannington Churchyard

13 May

MERCER, GEOFFREY BERKELEY  (130954) age: 31

Sqn Ldr

The squadron  commander, he was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA300 of No 501 Sqn, which dived into the ground at Hallen Marsh in Bristol after entering a spin following a 'roller'.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

14 May

JACKSON, MAURICE  (2599211) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Bassingbourn but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Ely as his death was registered in Ely.  He is buried in Masborough Cemetery, Rotherham

14 May

ROBINSON, ANTHONY DEREK  (502574) age: 25

Fg Off

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

16 May

TAYLOR, ROGER NORMAN  (4076339) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB699 of No 3 Sqn, which dived into the ground at Lontzen in the Netherlands after control was lost.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

18 May

DAVIES, GERARD ALPHONSUS  (539785) age: 46

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Kirkham and died in Preston Royal Infirmary, from injuries sustained eight days earlier when his pedal cycle was in collision with a car on Blackpool Road, Kirkham.  He is buried in New Catholic Cemetery, Kirkham.

20 May

COTTAM, JOHN CAREY MBE  (58985) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD605 of No 29 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off Selsey Bill during an air firing exercise against a drogue, cause unknown.  His body was probably not recovered.

20 May

LOVELL, DAVID WILLIAM  (4088910) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 11, WD605 of No 29 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off Selsey Bill during an air firing exercise against a drogue, cause unknown.  He is buried in St Andrews Churchyard, Tangmere

20 May

PASK, MALCOLM  (1924298) age: 19

A/Cpl

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

21 May

SUMMERSCALES, ARTHUR  (4129707) age: 20

SAC

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

21 May

STONE, PETER FREDERICK  (3510874) age: 21

SAC

He was serving at RAF Dishforth at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Thirsk.  He is buried in Tunbridge Wells Borough Cemetery

21 May

WEAVER, RICHARD  (4165280) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Mount Batten at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Plympton.  He is buried in Dukinfield Cemetery

23 May

BRAITHWAITE, HERBERT  (2729632) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Ballykelly 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 Municipal Cemetery, Bolton

26 May

COHEN, JOHN ALEXANDER  (2710962) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE916 of No 211 Flying Training School, which crashed into the ground near Sheffield at night, cause unknown.  He is buried in Western Cemetery, Cemetery

27 May

THORNTON, MICHAEL ANTHONY  (3516692) age: 19

A/Cpl

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

27 May

SMITH, KENNETH JOHN  (2737280) age: 18

LAC

He was serving at RAF Valley 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 St Woolos Cemetery, Newport

4 Jun

BODDY, THOMAS INGHAM DFM  (544755) age: 37

M Eng

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland MR Mk 5, RN288 of No 201 Sqn, which dived into the sea after bouncing during a sea landing in a heavy swell.  He is buried in Greatham Churchyard, West Hartlepool

4 Jun

DORAN, ANTHONY EDWARD  (4094039) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland MR Mk 5, RN288 of No 201 Sqn, which dived into the sea after bouncing during a sea landing in a heavy swell.  He is buried in Egremont Cemetery

4 Jun

GUSH, TIMOTHY ROBERT  (607015) age: 26

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland MR Mk 5, RN288 of No 201 Sqn, which dived into the sea after bouncing during a sea landing in a heavy swell.  He was cremated at St John's Crematorium, Woking

4 Jun

ROTHWELL, JOHN KEITH  (4150751) age: 19

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Sunderland MR Mk 5, RN288 of No 201 Sqn, which dived into the sea after bouncing during a sea landing in a heavy swell.  He is buried in Brighton Borough Cemetery

5 Jun

BIVER, PAUL MATHIAS CAMILLE  (1898451) age: 43

Sgt

He was serving in Germany at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained.  He is buried in British Military Cemetery, Cologne

5 Jun

MILFORD, ROY  (4069320) age: 22

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Beaulieu at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Isle of Wight.  He is buried in Shanklin Cemetery, IoW

5 Jun

CURRY, TERENCE  (4150302) age: 19

LAC

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 Cleveland.  He is buried in Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery

7 Jun

BARRAH, RICHARD JOHN DESMOND  (2700570) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Ruislip and died in the Royal Berks Hospital from an overdose.  He is buried in Greenford Cemetery.

8 Jun

COATES, GEOFFREY WILFRED  (2547616) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Shackleton MR Mk 1, WB849 of No 120 Sqn, when nose hatch on which he was standing broke away and he fell from the aircraft.  He is buried in Boythorpe Cemetery

8 Jun

WALTON, ANTHONY DAVID  (G1943322) age: 20

SAC

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

9 Jun

AVIS, ERNEST ROY  (4072026) age: 23

Jnr Tech

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 Holderness.  He is buried in Leamington Cemetery, Leamington Spa

10 Jun

RIDLEY, DAVID THOMAS  (4033691) age: 24

A/Cpl

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in Chadwell Heath Cemetery

11 Jun

PLUMBLEY, ARTHUR FRANK  (586436) age: 20

Cpl

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 Salisbury.  He was cremated at Southampton Crematorium

11 Jun

POLLITT, GEORGE  (586384) age: 21

Cpl

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 Salisbury.  He is buried in Edmonton Cemetery

11 Jun

GREENSLADE, BRYAN CECIL  (4150784) age: 18

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Poling at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Worthing.  He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery

11 Jun

EASTERBROOK, MICHAEL  (2713030) age: 23

SAC

He was serving at RAF South Cerney but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He was cremated at New Feltham Crematorium

13 Jun

SHERMAN, JOHN EDWARD  (4077608) age: 21

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Gutersloh at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

14 Jun

MURRAY, JOHN STEPHEN  (585279) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 1, WT644 of No 43 Sqn, which hit the ground near Leuchars after entering cloud during an overshoot from a GCA.  He is buried in Leuchars Cemetery

15 Jun

MARSHALL, VENICE RODNEY  (59727) age: 36

A/Wg Cdr

The commanding officer of No 1 Wing, Aden Protectorate Levies and was killed during an engagement with rebels in the Wadi Hatib.  He is buried in Maala Cemetery

15 Jun

WALZ, JORN DIETMAR  (2713560) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT263 of No 8 Flying Training School which dived into the ground at Seamer near Scarborough probably due to Annoxia.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

15 Jun

LEE, JOHN MALCOLM  (500166) age: 26

A/Flt Lt

An RAF Regiment officer, he was serving with the Aden Protectorate Levies and was killed during an engagement with rebels in the Wadi Hatib.  He is buried in Maala Cemetery

15 Jun

GRAHAM, GLADSTONE  (3103500) age: 26

Cpl

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 Lincoln.  He is buried in St Germain's Churchyard, Thurlby

16 Jun

HARRYMAN, LAWRENCE MICHAEL PERCIVAL  (2458113) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XD712 of No 66 Sqn, which broke up near Scunthorpe during recovery from a dive.  He is buried in Mangotsfield Cemetery, Bristol

18 Jun

CHAPMAN, ALBERT COLIN  (4145161) age: 19

LAC

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

18 Jun

GIRVAN, JAMES LOGAN  (4007798) age: 26

Cpl

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 Edengrove Cemetery

23 Jun

GILBERT, HERBERT MICHAEL  (4167924) age: 21

AC2

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

23 Jun

SPENCE, IAN ADAIR  (2719941) age: 22

AC2

He was serving at RAF Oakington 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 Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh

24 Jun

WICKING, ANTHONY WILLIAM  (3513850) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor FR Mk 9, WL265 of No 79 Sqn, from which he ejected  after striking the ground at Limburg in Germany during a tactical recce sortie but he had failed to secure his parachute harness correctly.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

26 Jun

HONOUR, HUGH SIDNEY  (1590402) age: 30

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, WD131 of No 199 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing near Bitburg in Germany after being struck by F-86 Sabre, 52-3933 of the 496th FIS during a night ECM exercise.  He is buried in Hemswell Cemetery

26 Jun

JARVIS, ROBERT FRANCIS  (3000345) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, WD131 of No 199 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing near Bitburg in Germany after being struck by F-86 Sabre, 52-3933 of the 496th FIS during a night ECM exercise.  He is buried in Hemswell Cemetery

26 Jun

JONES, IDRIS  (3025505) age: 29

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, WD131 of No 199 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing near Bitburg in Germany after being struck by F-86 Sabre, 52-3933 of the 496th FIS during a night ECM exercise.  He is buried in Hemswell Cemetery

26 Jun

OVERTON, GEOFFREY WILLIAM  (1819633) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, WD131 of No 199 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing near Bitburg in Germany after being struck by F-86 Sabre, 52-3933 of the 496th FIS during a night ECM exercise.  He is buried in Hemswell Cemetery

26 Jun

WALTERS, RONALD WILSON  (4011865) age: 26

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, WD131 of No 199 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing near Bitburg in Germany after being struck by F-86 Sabre, 52-3933 of the 496th FIS during a night ECM exercise.  He is buried in Hemswell Cemetery

26 Jun

WELLER, GORDON VICTOR  (1805330) age: 32

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lincoln B Mk 2, WD131 of No 199 Sqn, which lost its starboard wing near Bitburg in Germany after being struck by F-86 Sabre, 52-3933 of the 496th FIS during a night ECM exercise.  He is buried in Hemswell Cemetery

26 Jun

MANT, FRANK HENRY ALFRED  (538947) age: 48

Flt Sgt

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

27 Jun

CARTER, WILLIAM  (2741332) age: 18

AC2

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 Leicester.  He was cremated at Lidgetts Green Crematorium, Bradford

28 Jun

CAMPBELL, JOHN FISHER  (567237) age: 36

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Hemswell at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Barrow-in-Furness.  He is buried in St Marys Churchyard, Walney

29 Jun

JENKINS, WILLIAM CHARLES BEVIS  (4146168) age: 22

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire T Mk 11, WZ566 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which dived into the ground at night near Stockton-on-Tees, cause unknown.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

29 Jun

SUTTON, JOHN ROGER  (2590908) age: 23

Plt Off

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Portage la Prairie

30 Jun

CHARLES, KENNETH MORGAN  (58126) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 12, WS662 of No 153 Sqn, which ran off the runway, through the overshoot area, down a bank and burst into flames on ending up in a fruit farm having failed to get airborne during a formation take off.  He is buried in West Malling Parish Churchyard

30 Jun

ROLFE, PATRICK MAURICE  (4085279) age: 21

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 12, WS662 of No 153 Sqn, which ran off the runway, through the overshoot area, down a bank and burst into flames on ending up in a fruit farm having failed to get airborne during a formation take off.  He is buried in West Malling Parish Churchyard

30 Jun

SKILLERN, TERENCE HERBERT  (4103688) age: 21

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

30 Jun

MILNER, RONALD FOREST  (514842) age: 42

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Locking but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in Hayes & Harlington Cemetery

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