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Casualties - March/April 1956


[April]

01 Mar

WELLER, PETER MICHAEL  (3112949) age: 26

Fg Off

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

01 Mar

WARD, STEPHEN  (2767021) age: 21

LAC

He was serving at RAF Nicosia and died in Nicosia.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

02 Mar

BRODIE, DAVID  (586200) age: 22

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VW861 of No 48 Sqn, which cartwheeled into a gully after the port wing struck a tree during a supply dropping sortie in Malaya.  He is buried in Cheras Road Christian Cemetery, Kuala Lumper

02 Mar

CLISBY, COLIN REGINALD  (4073924) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VW861 of No 48 Sqn, which cartwheeled into a gully after the port wing struck a tree during a supply dropping sortie in Malaya.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

02 Mar

McCOLL, THOMAS JAMES  (174293) age: 32

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VW861 of No 48 Sqn, which cartwheeled into a gully after the port wing struck a tree during a supply dropping sortie in Malaya.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

03 Mar

CHAPMAN, JOHN BLANCHARD  (1922309) age: 23

A/Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire NF Mk 10, WM677 of the Central Navigation and Control School which crashed after hitting trees on high ground near Watlington in Oxfordshire in poor weather.  He is buried in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard

03 Mar

MARRIOTT, BICKLEY JULIAN  (1818012) age: 30

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire NF Mk 10, WM677 of the Central Navigation and Control School which crashed after hitting trees on high ground near Watlington in Oxfordshire in poor weather.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

03 Mar

LEWIS, WILLIAM GWYNNE  (508973) age: 47

WO

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Amman and was killed when he walked into a helicopter tail rotor after landing in the desert on the Jordanian/Iraqi border.  He is buried in RAF Cemetery. Amman.

03 Mar

KING, LEONARD JOSHUA  (2720310) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Cardington at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Essex S W.  He is buried in City of London Cemetery

04 Mar

BUDGEN, DAPHNE JUNE  (407269) age: 25

Fg Off

A member of the PMRAFNS, she was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, TX203 of the Metropolitan Communications Sqn which crashed at Dahlhausen in Germany after striking trees on emerging from cloud whilst attempting a forced landing following an engine failure during a casevac sortie.  She was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium

04 Mar

FLINT, ROBERT WILLIAM  (3515930) age: 23

SAC

A medical orderly, he was killed whilst flying in Anson C Mk 19, TX203 of the Metropolitan Communications Sqn which crashed at Dahlhausen in Germany after striking trees on emerging from cloud whilst attempting a forced landing following an engine failure during a casevac sortie.  He is buried in Cologne Military Cemetery

05 Mar

RATTLE, GRAHAM JAMES  (3520806) age: 19

LAC

He was serving with No 113 Maintenance Unit and died in Nicosia.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

06 Mar

WHITEMAN, DENNIS RICHARD COURTENAY  (4131257) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 2, WN921 of No 263 Sqn, which was lost without a trace, probably coming down in the North Sea during a night cross country flight from Wattisham.  His body was not recovered.

08 Mar

MULLORD, ROY JOHN  (583145) age: 25

Fg Off

Neither the unit on which he was serving nor his cause of death have yet been ascertained.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

08 Mar

CROCKER, RONALD JOHN  (3509882) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand T Mk 5, RH831 of No 238 OCU, which broke up and burst into flames after hitting a tree near the threshold whilst attempting an emergency landing at RAF Colerne following a double engine failure.  He is buried in Ivybridge Cemetery

08 Mar

HANSON, DAVID WALTER HUNTER  (1545694) age: 32

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand T Mk 5, RH831 of No 238 OCU, which broke up and burst into flames after hitting a tree near the threshold whilst attempting an emergency landing at RAF Colerne following a double engine failure.  He is buried in Dean's Grange Cemetery, Blackrock

08 Mar

DEAR, RONALD JAMES  (541739) age: 41

Sgt

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

10 Mar

BATTY, HARRY CHRISTOPHER  (512850) age: 49

WO

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 Basford.  He is buried in Grantham Parish Cemetery

17 Mar

WOOD, EDWARD JOHN  (680274) age: 18

App Air

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 Weston super Mare.  He is buried in Weston Super Mare Cemetery

20 Mar

PETERS, HENRY ARTHUR  (57664) age: 45

Flt Lt

He was probably on the non effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Halton

20 Mar

KENDRICK, THOMAS LEWIS  (1133921) age: 41

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 St John the Baptist Churchyard, Scampton

22 Mar

SHIPMAN, JOHN CHARLES  (2571831) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 9, WL500 of No 28 Sqn, which flew into a hillside after entering cloud in a valley as it turned on completion of a practice attack on vehicles in a valley near Sek Kong.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong

22 Mar

MACKIE, STANLEY  (2765467) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF West Kirby when he committed suicide by hanging himself in a hut there.  He is buried in Trinity Cemetery, Aberdeen.

23 Mar

KAY, LOUISE ALICE  (405139) age: 48

Sqdn Off

She was serving at RAF Ely at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however her death was registered in Lichfield.  Details of her burial have not been ascertained

23 Mar

BARROW, PETER FRANCIS RALPH  (3515701) age: 22

SAC

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non effective and his death is registered in Cuckfield.  He was cremated at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Crawley

26 Mar

GASKELL, GEORGE GEOFFREY  (586897) age: 21

Cpl

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

27 Mar

DOLMAN, JAMES THOMAS  (3148167) age: 20

AC2

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 Nottingham.  He was cremated at Wilford Hill Crematorium, West Bridgford

28 Mar

EVANS, KENNETH JOHN  (152692) age: 35

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Provost T Mk 1, WV423 of the Central Flying School which he attempted to abandon near RAF South Cerney following an engine failure but he left it too late and was too low for his parachute to deploy fully.  He is buried in All Hallows Churchyard, South Cerney

29 Mar

O'HARE, PETER  (3143763) age: 20

SAC

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

30 Mar

DEAVES, BRIAN DFC  (40682) age: 35

Wg Cdr

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 was cremated at Canley Crematorium, Coventry

01 Apr

RUTTER, SIDNEY WALTON  (4102703) age: 26

SAC

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 Islington.  He was cremated at Darlington Crematorium

02 Apr

CLARKE, ALFRED HENRY  (2732153) age: 22

LAC

He was serving at RAF Inverbervie 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 Dalnottar Cemetery

05 Apr

MOORE, KENNETH MADDISON  (3517538) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WR320 of No 32 Sqn, which broke up after approaching too fast whilst making a forced landing at Takali in Malta having failed to relight the engine following a flame out.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

05 Apr

LEVITT, RICHARD BRIAN  (4073156) age: 22

Cpl

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

06 Apr

DIGHT, KENNETH CHARLES STUART  (4158229) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA104 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which he attempted to abandon near RAF Middleton St George as it dived towards the ground having suffered an explosion but he struck the tailplane.  He was cremated at Darlington Crematorium

06 Apr

YOUNG, KENNETH ALAN DFC  (54046) age: 34

Sqn Ldr

He was a passenger flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH169 of the MEAF Communication Flt which was on a flight from Nicosia to El Adem but he passed out and died from decompression sickness some hours later.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

08 Apr

VEALE, DUDLEY JOHN  (4101059) age: 21

SAC

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

10 Apr

MAGUIRE, TERENCE JOSEPH  (2608811) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 1, WT659 of No 229 OCU, which dived into the ground ion final approach to Chivenor following an engine failure.  He is buried in Yew Tee Cemetery

10 Apr

KIMBER, HUBERT JOHN  (3504802) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire T Mk 11, WZ609 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which stalled and dived into the ground whilst lining up to land at RAF Middleton St George in poor weather.  He is buried in Yewsley Cemetery

10 Apr

SHARMAN, PETER GODDARD  (205948) age: 24

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire T Mk 11, WZ609 of No 4 Flying Training School Sqn, which stalled and dived into the ground whilst lining up to land at RAF Middleton St George in poor weather.  He is buried in Darlington West Cemetery

11 Apr

WHITFORD, GERALD ALAN  (4101089) age: 22

SAC

He was serving at RAF Tangmere 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 City of London Cemetery

12 Apr

WELLS, PETER GERALD  (2738037) age: 19

SAC

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 Newmarket.  He is buried in Old Reading Cemetery

12 Apr

SCHUTAN, ROBERT  (5014584) age: 19

AC2

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

13 Apr

KENDALL, JOHN GILBERT  (49030) age: 51

Flt Lt

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 Westminster.  He is buried in Hatfield Cemetery, Yorkshire

14 Apr

EDMONDSON, KENNETH ELLIOTT  (2727138) age: 22

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 Macclesfield.  He was cremated at Bramley Crematorium

15 Apr

COOK, LESLIE JACK  (164150) age: 31

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WD351 of the Liverpool UAS which crashed in a dive near Lydiate in Lancashire whilst leading a tail chase.  He was cremated at Anfield Crematorium

15 Apr

POWELL, THOMAS MICHAEL  (1927255) age: 19

SAC

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 Richmond, Yorks.  He is buried in Kirby Ravensworth Churchyard, Richmond, North Yorkshire

16 Apr

HOLLINGSWORTH, RONALD ALBERT  (584804) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 12, WS694 of No 153 Sqn, which crashed in a steep turn to port shortly after taking off from West Malling, possibly due to an engine failure.  He is buried in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, West Malling

16 Apr

LANGHAM, JOHN CHARLES  (585334) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 12, WS694 of No 153 Sqn, which crashed in a steep turn to port shortly after taking off from West Malling, possibly due to an engine failure.  He is buried in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, West Malling

17 Apr

MUNROE, JOHN PHILIP JAMES  (2485699) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 5, WN965 of No 41 Sqn, which dived vertically into the ground at Wilmington near Dartford shortly after take off, cause unknown.  He is buried in Biggin Hill Cemetery

17 Apr

MUSSETT, EDGAR JOHN  (3514838) age: 23

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 2, WN909 of No 257 Sqn, from which he ejected near Colne Engaine after the aircraft caught fire in the air but he separated from his parachute harness.  He is buried in Syderstone Church Cemetery, King's Lynn

17 Apr

BROMLEY, BERNARD FRANCIS  (1928727) 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 Chippenham.  He was cremated at Honor Oak Crematorium

17 Apr

COLTMAN, JAMES VINCENT  (2776303) age: 19

AC1

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

20 Apr

COOK, GEORGE ROY  (4134958) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Luqa and was probably killed in an accident along with two other airmen.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

20 Apr

GALLON, DENNIS  (4132167) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Luqa and was probably killed in an accident along with two other airmen.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

20 Apr

McHARDIE, JAMES GRAHAM  (4156443) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Luqa and was probably killed in an accident along with two other airmen.  He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery

20 Apr

TWEDDELL, RAYMOND SAMUEL  (4114015) age: 21

SAC

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 Edmonton.  He is buried in Tottenham Parish Cemetery

20 Apr

WHITE, DIXON FREDERICK AFC  (124776) age: 37

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 Scotland?.  He is buried in St Helen's Churchyard, Benson

21 Apr

HALL, JOHN THOMAS  (4132714) age: 23

SAC

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 Ipswich.  He was cremated at Ipswich Crematorium

22 Apr

CAMPBELL, WILLIAM SANDEMAN  (1568523) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WE895 of No 609 Sqn, which he abandoned four miles from Selby after losing control but the face blind blew back and prevented the drogue chute from deploying and he was unsuccessful in carrying out a manual separation.  He was cremated at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds

22 Apr

KINSEY, IDRIS  (2739399) 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 Pant Cemetery, Dowlais

23 Apr

GLENNIE, HECTOR MCDONALD  (3503792) age: 30

Cpl

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

23 Apr

HAYMAN, PETER WILLIAM  (4159502) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF West Malling but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He was cremated at Honor Oak Crematorium

24 Apr

STEWART, IAN GORDON  (44541) age: 48

Flt Lt

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

25 Apr

PACEY, PETER FREDERICK  (58648) age: 38

Flt Lt

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

26 Apr

INGROVILLE, ERNEST ALFRED  (50392) age: 49

Flt Lt

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

30 Apr

CLIFFORD, RAYMOND JOHN FRANCIS  (4161397) age: 19

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 Rugby.  He is buried in Stratford on Avon Cemetery

30 Apr

HAYES, DAVID  (4160734) age: 21

LAC

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 Rugby.  He is buried in Horden New Cemetery

30 Apr

CODY, TERRY ERNEST  (3517932) age: 20

SAC

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 Chippenham.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

30 Apr

HUMPHREY, MICHAEL JOHN  (2779094) age: 18

AC1

He was probably killed whilst flying in Avro York, G AMUL of Scottish Airlines which crashed on take off from a temporary runway at Stansted airport on a military chart flight to Habbaniya via Malta.  He is buried in Crystal Palace District Cemetery, Beckenham

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