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Casualties - July/August 1955


[August]

1 Jul

PRIEST, JOHN GURNEY  (36065) age: 46

Gp Capt

He was serving at RAF Pendine at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Spen Valley.  He was cremated at The Crematorium, Cambridge

2 Jul

GRANT, JAMES ROY  (3501144) age: 26

Cpl

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

3 Jul

ROLLS, MAURICE GEORGE  (4120589) age: 20

SAC

He was serving with No 137 Wing, RAF Wildenrath at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained but probably occurred in Cyprus.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

3 Jul

DUFFY, ANTHONY  (4124649) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Pembroke Dock and was killed whilst on a motorcycle which hit a hire car at Johnsston as he was on his way back to the station after a night out  He is buried in St Peters Parish Churchyard, Birstall.

3 Jul

SWANSON, JOHN  (4144135) age: 21

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Pembroke Dock and was killed whilst on a motorcycle which hit a hire car at Johnsston as he was on his way back to the station after a night out  He is buried in Llanion Cemetery, Pembroke Dock.

4 Jul

STEPHENS, FRANCIS STANLEY  (2747908) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF Kirkham and was on a 48 hour pass at home, when he was ‘Suddenly struck with illness on the Sunday’, dying in Hereford County Hospital.  He is buried in Whitton Parish Churchyard.

5 Jul

SMITH, MICHAEL JOHN  (4089506) age: 21

Fg Off

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

7 Jul

OWEN, LEWIS TREVOR  (4040565) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WL178 of No 63 Sqn, which flew into a cliff at Trevose Head on emerging from cloud during a practice forced landing.  He is buried in Bwlchygroes Congregation Chapel Cemetery, Llandyssul

7 Jul

PRICE, CHARLES GEORGE  (4115391) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 4, WT762 of No 247 Sqn, from which he ejected at 300 ft near Fleet in Hampshire when the aircraft began to lose height and roll, probably following a loss of aileron control.  He is buried in White Waltham Cemetery

8 Jul

THOMAS, BARRY WALKER  (3519681) age: 18

AC1

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

9 Jul

DAVIES, JEFFREY NORMAN  (2722718) age: 22

LAC

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 Warwick.  He is buried in Gaydon Cemetery

10 Jul

LOVELL, BRIAN PHILIP SAMUEL  (4126162) age: 22

SAC

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

10 Jul

NEIGHBOUR, PETER MONTAGUE RICHARD  (3140342) age: 20

LAC

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

12 Jul

WATKINSON, ALAN MACKILLOP  (3045196) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 1, WT581 of No 43 Sqn, from which he ejected in the downwind leg at Leuchars after running out of fuel during an air test, but he failed to separate from his seat.  He is buried in Yeadon Cemetery

13 Jul

MITCHELL, JAMES HUMPHREY  (197590) age: 31

Flt Lt

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

13 Jul

HOBBS, ARTHUR KENNETH  (2714079) age: 24

AC1

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 Ploughley.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

15 Jul

WILLIS, WALTER EDWARD  (582689) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WL499 of No 28 Sqn, which swung off the runway at Kai Tak following an engine failure whilst landing and crashed into a hut.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong

15 Jul

CHERRY, LEONARD HENRY  (114723) age: 33

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB880 of No 71 Sqn, which struck the ground after losing height on the approach to RAF Bruggen due to the application of a steep bank with low power.  He is buried in British Military Cemetery, Cologne

15 Jul

MOHAMAD, BIN AWANG T EH  (734365) age: 31

Sgt

He was killed when Vampire FB Mk 9, WL499 of No 28 Sqn, swung off the runway at Kai Tak following an engine failure whilst landing and crashed into the hut in which he was in.  He is buried in Muslim Cemetery, Kowloon, Hong Kong

15 Jul

MILLER, DEREK ROY  (2738542) 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 Westminster.  He is buried in St Marylebone Crematorium & Cemetery

16 Jul

BRADLEY, ERNEST FRANCIS  (4151438) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Chivenor at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bath.  He is buried in Willow Grove Cemetery, Reddish, Stockport

16 Jul

DINELEY, ROY KAY  (4139654) age: 20

A/Cpl

He was serving at RAF Hooton Park and was killed when his motorcycle hit a petrol tanker at Elton Green.  He is buried in Hooton Churchyard.

16 Jul

THOMPSON, RONALD  (4085066) age: 21

SAC

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

17 Jul

THORPE, ROBERT ERNEST  (4147784) age: 19

SAC

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 Surrey S W.  He is buried in Grafham Churchyard

17 Jul

WETHERILL, RALPH WILLIAM  (577004) age: 31

Flt 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 Spilsby.  He is buried in Church Lane Cemetery, Wymondham, Melton Mowbray

19 Jul

BREAKSPEAR, RICHARD JOHN  (4131261) age: 23

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WR362 of No 8 Sqn, which he probably attempted to abandon after getting into an uncontrollable spin, but he was unsuccessful.  He is buried in Maala Cemetery

19 Jul

ALLBUTT, ARTHUR  (4153847) age: 19

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 Barkston Ash.  He is buried in Coseley Churchyard

19 Jul

LARKIN, GEORGE CECIL  (364455) age: 47

Flt Sgt

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 Sleaford.  He is buried in St Andrews Churchyard, Cranwell

22 Jul

JACKSON, KENNETH HERBERT  (4163060) age: 18

AC1

He was killed when Hunter F Mk 4, WV257 of No 26 Sqn, stalled on the approach to RAF Oldenburg and crashed into the runway caravan and crash vehicles.  He is buried in Wandsworth Cemetery

22 Jul

WILLIAMS, CLIFFORD WALTER MORLAN  (635745) age: 37

Sgt

He was killed when Hunter F Mk 4, WV257 of No 26 Sqn, stalled on the approach to RAF Oldenburg and crashed into the runway caravan and crash vehicles.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

23 Jul

STENNETT, GORDON LEWIS  (2712766) age: 19

AC1

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 Swilland Church Cemetery, Ipswich

24 Jul

WELSH, WILLIAM  (4090183) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Ouston at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Northumberland Central.  He is buried in Walker Churchyard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

25 Jul

DAWSON, ALFRED WILLIAM  (82189) age: 43

Sqn Ldr

He was serving somewhere in the UK 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

26 Jul

HARVEY, WILLIAM  (614435) age: 44

WO

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

28 Jul

CRUMP, RAYMOND IRWIN AFC  (112375) age: 42

Wg Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in  of No RAF Changi, which died.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery

28 Jul

HART, JAMES TUCKER  (137247) age: 33

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 12, PH618 of No 2 Tactical Air Force Communication Sqn, which flew into rising ground near Iserlohn in Germany whilst flying in cloud after getting below the safety height.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

28 Jul

KING, LEONARD NEVILL  (192185) age: 47

Wg Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 12, PH618 of No 2 Tactical Air Force Communication Sqn, which flew into rising ground near Iserlohn in Germany whilst flying in cloud after getting below the safety height.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

29 Jul

ALLEN, ANDREW GORDON  (205133) age: 31

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Valiant B Mk 1, WP222 of No 138 Sqn, which side-slipped into the ground from a steep bank as it took off from RAF Wittering, probably due to the failure of an aileron actuator.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering

29 Jul

CHALK, ERIC RUPERT  (175659) age: 33

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Valiant B Mk 1, WP222 of No 138 Sqn, which side-slipped into the ground from a steep bank as it took off from RAF Wittering, probably due to the failure of an aileron actuator.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering

29 Jul

CORKIN, THEODORE SAMUEL  (2211300) age: 30

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valiant B Mk 1, WP222 of No 138 Sqn, which side-slipped into the ground from a steep bank as it took off from RAF Wittering, probably due to the failure of an aileron actuator.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering

29 Jul

LYONS, ARTHUR ROBERT  (1397284) age: 33

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valiant B Mk 1, WP222 of No 138 Sqn, which side-slipped into the ground from a steep bank as it took off from RAF Wittering, probably due to the failure of an aileron actuator.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering

30 Jul

EDMONDS, PAUL JOHN BARCLAY ROPER  (2758149) age: 19

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 Wharfedale.  He was cremated at Leeds Crematorium

1 Aug

LOVATT, JOHN WILLIAM  (1583191) age: 31

Flt Sgt

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 Stroud.  He is buried in Ryecroft Cemetery, Walsall

3 Aug

SCOTT, EDWARD HUGH  (1921649) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB548 of No 93 Sqn, which hit he groundas it reoved from a dive on the Meppen Range in Germany.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

4 Aug

WALKER, MICHAEL VICTOR WHITING  (4141154) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA113 of No 5 Flying Training School which struck the ground near Scunthorpe after failing to complete a loop.  He is buried in Longstanton Churchyard

4 Aug

SMEE, CECIL NORMAN  (141923) age: 37

Flt Lt

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

5 Aug

MACDONALD, ARCHIBALD IAN  (503936) age: 25

Fg Off

He was serving at RAF Locking 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 Glen Nevis Cemetery, Fort William

9 Aug

GIBSON, MICHAEL  (4156557) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Abingdon but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in City Road Cemetery, Sheffield

10 Aug

BROCKMAN, DAVID JOHN  (4162838) age: 18

LAC

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 Stratford upon Avon.  He is buried in Rainham Parish Church

10 Aug

PILBEAM, PATRICK  (4160972) age: 18

LAC

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 Stratford upon Avon.  He is buried in Maidstone Cemetery

10 Aug

BAKER, GEOFFREY PATRICK  (502056) age: 26

Fg Off

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Pancras.  He was cremated at Marylebone Crematorium

11 Aug

SCOTT, PAUL EDWARD  (3511407) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WE412 of No 145 Sqn, which crashed and overturned on landing at RAF Wunstorf following engine problems.  He is buried in Littleham Churchyard, Exmouth

11 Aug

WRIGHT, ARTHUR NEIL  (2758728) age: 18

AC2

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 Liverpool N.  He is buried in Priory Road Cemetery, Anfield

12 Aug

ARNOLD, ANTHONY ERNEST ARTHUR  (1920185) age: 24

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Abingdon and was killed when an oxygen bottle exploded whilst being serviced in hangar at the station.  He is buried in New Cemetery, Abingdon.

12 Aug

MAY, ALLEN RICHARD  (4119448) age: 23

LAC

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

12 Aug

JAY, DEREK GEORGE  (4115346) age: 20

LAC

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

13 Aug

OVETT, HENRY SAMUEL  (547494) age: 45

Chf Tech

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 Hereford.  He is buried in Morden Cemetery

13 Aug

WILLIMENT, COLIN VERNON LEONARD  (4169220) age: 17

AC2

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 Fulham.  He is buried in Hillingdon Cemetery

14 Aug

WILLIAMS, GEOFFREY ALLAN  (4065682) age: 22

SAC

He was serving at RAF Harrogate at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Bristol.  He is buried in Carhampton Church, Somerset

15 Aug

SMITH, ROY  (3031891) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH395 of the Fighter Weapons School which collided with WK982 of the same unit at Lissett.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

15 Aug

BRAND, GRAHAM JOHN  (584309) age: 24

Fg Off

He was detached from 45 Sqn and was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WK982 of the Fighter Weapons School which collided with WH395 of the same unit at Lissett.  He is buried in St Catherine's Churchyard, Leconfield

15 Aug

MORRIS, FRED THOMAS  (4090982) age: 20

SAC

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 Shrewsbury.  He is buried in Preston Gobolds Churchyard, near Shrewsbury

16 Aug

KENDALL, WILLIAM CLARKE  (57546) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB808 of No 20 Sqn, which crashed on the Meppen Ranges following a high speed stall during recovery from a dive.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

17 Aug

MACLEOD, KENNETH GEORGE  (582445) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Sabre F Mk 4, XB700 of No 26 Sqn, which collided with Sea Hawk, WM964 of No 811Sqn RNAS in the circuit at Yeovilton.  He is buried in St Helen's Churchyard, Benson

18 Aug

DELUCE, WILLIAM  (2508901) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 4, WT714 of No 14 Sqn, which collided with WT807 of the same unit near Bassum in Germany during a battle training exercise.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

18 Aug

CLELFORD, DAVID HENRY  (590246) age: 43

WO

He was serving at RAF Upwood but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in Corston Churchyard, Malmesbury

20 Aug

WILLIAMS, GEOFFREY NORMAN  (124898) age: 52

Flt Lt

He was serving at RAF Mount Batten but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He was cremated at Efford Crematorium, Plymouth

24 Aug

GRAYER, RAYMOND PETER  (4069233) age: 22

A/Cpl

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Manston and died from wounds sustained when he was shot by a US airman the previous day at Manston who went on the rampage prior to being court-martialled.  He is buried in Hove Cemetery

24 Aug

SUTCLIFFE, JOHN  (1255969) age: 34

Sgt

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Manston and died of a heart attack following the incident the previous day when a US airman went on the rampage at Manston, prior to being court-martialled.  He is buried in St Johns Cemetery, Margate

27 Aug

KENRICK, PETER CHARLES  (2224186) age: 28

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WH249 of No 19 Sqn, which crashed on the Moors near Northallerton whilst flying in cloud below the safety height during an air test.  He is buried in Kirkby Wharfe Churchyard

27 Aug

ASHTON, RAYMOND  (593001) age: 17

App Admin

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

27 Aug

BUCHAN, GEORGE ROBBIE  (2600332) age: 25

Fg Off

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 Chard.  He is buried in Peterhead Cemetery

27 Aug

ROCHE, JOSEPH MICHAEL  (2711822) age: 23

AC1

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 Chester.  He is buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin

27 Aug

WHARTON, JOHN  (4166817) age: 20

AC2

He was serving at RAF Topcliffe at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Westmorland N.  He is buried in Morland Parish Church, Penrith

27 Aug

HILLMAN, JOHN THOMAS COOK  (85728) age: 52

Sqn Ldr

He was serving in the UK at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Taunton.  He is buried in St Johns Churchyard, Bridgwater

29 Aug

CHATT- COLLINS, ERNEST FRANCIS  (46988) age: 46

Sqn Ldr

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non-effective and his death is registered in Bridgend.  He is buried in Merthy Defan Burial Ground, Barry

31 Aug

GALEA, ANTHONY ROBERT  (2711391) age: 23

SAC

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 British Military Cemetery, Cologne

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