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Casualties - November/December 1956


[December]

03 Nov

SHEEHAN, ALBERT EDWARD  (3507330) age: 25

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Venom FB Mk 1, WR505 of No 8 Sqn, which crashed during the Suez operations, possibly after being hit by ground fire.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

03 Nov

PICKARD, DAVID WILLIAM  (2784968) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey and was home on leave when he was killed when the car in which he was a passenger left the road, overturned and crashed into a spinney at Elvaston.  He is buried in Draycott Cemetery.

03 Nov

McKINLEY, ALBERT EDWARD  (2704408) age: 22

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Locking and was shot dead while attending a social event in Paral in Cyprus.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

04 Nov

MORRIS, JOHN RONALD  (4161101) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF Butzweilerhof at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He was cremated at Cologne Crematorium

05 Nov

MOQUET, GEORGE HENRY  (528341) age: 42

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Henlow and died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge following a long illness.  He was cremated at West Middlesex Crematorium.

06 Nov

URQUHART PULLEN, GEOFFREY ROY  (3511783) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra PR Mk 7, WH799 of No 58 Sqn, which was shot down by a Syrian MiG fighter off the west coast of Syria during the Suez operations.  He is buried in Anglo American Cemetery, Chebak, Beirut

06 Nov

BANYARD, KENNETH WALTER  (2430304) age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 6, WT371 of No 139 Sqn, which rolled and dived into the ground at RAF Nicosia whilst attempting an asymmetric approach following an engine fire on take off.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

06 Nov

COLLINS, LESLIE IAN  (2607934) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 6, WT371 of No 139 Sqn, which rolled and dived into the ground at RAF Nicosia whilst attempting an asymmetric approach following an engine fire on take off.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

06 Nov

RHODES, MORRIS ALLEN  (1524133) age: 32

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 6, WT371 of No 139 Sqn, which rolled and dived into the ground at RAF Nicosia whilst attempting an asymmetric approach following an engine fire on take off.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

06 Nov

SMITHERS, JAMES  (4043347) age: 27

Cpl Tech

He was serving at RAF Akrotiri and was killed when a bomb blew up a road bridge near Limassol.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

06 Nov

STARTIN, BRIAN  (3147605) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Wittering and died in Stamford Hospital from injuries sustained on 23 July in a motorcycle accident when he collided with bicycle near Easton.  He is buried in City Cemetery, Handsworth.

07 Nov

FLANAGAN, MICHAEL JOHN  (4097810) age: 23

Cpl

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

07 Nov

HALL, EDWIN  (2775116) age: 19

LAC

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 North Kesteven.  He is buried in Glendale Burial Board, Lowick

08 Nov

MITCHELL, NORMAN ERIC  (4176897) age: 19

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Waddington and was killed when he was hit by a pick-up truck whilst walking along the Grantham road.  He is buried in Watling Street Cemetery, Dartford.

09 Nov

AUSTIN, CECIL EDWARD  (571806) age: 35

Chf Tech

He was serving with No 103 Maintenance Unit and died from injuries sustained following a bomb explosion which blew up a road bridge in Limassol on 6 November 1956.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

11 Nov

MORSON, GEORGE  (50532) age: 48

A/Sqn Ldr

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 Ealing?.  He was cremated at Darlington Crematorium.

15 Nov

LUCKING, EDWARD HUGH  (1899072) age: 31

Fg Off

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

16 Nov

WRATHALL, NORMAN EDGE  (3515857) age: 21

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Weeton and was killed in a motor-cycle accident at Sundorne, near Shrewsbury.  He is buried in Stanton Parish Church, near Shrewsbury.

17 Nov

SMITH, ROBERT FREDERICK  (4175385) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Seletar and died in Changi Hospital from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.  He is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery.

17 Nov

HANNA, SAMUEL ROBERT  (591526) age: 35

Sgt

He was serving at RAF West Malling and died, cause unknown, in the RAF Hospital at Halton.  He is buried in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Halton.

18 Nov

LAMBTON, BARRY MICHAEL  (4163208) age: 20

LAC

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

19 Nov

RYANS, FRANCIS VICTOR  (1143268) age: 33

M Plt

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

21 Nov

POWELL, CHARLES WILLIAM  (3511270) age: 27

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, WA121 of No 229 OCU, which flew into high ground near Porlock whilst flying below the briefed safety height in cloud.  He is buried in St Augustine's Churchyard, Heanton Punchardon

22 Nov

MANSELL, ALAN ALBERT  (4106191) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ615 of No 50 Sqn, which flew into the top of a mountain near Braemar whilst overshooting on a night diversion exercise.  He is buried in Wesleyan Chapel, St Peters Port, Guernsey

22 Nov

REDMAN, ANTHONY ASHLEY  (3516741) age: 20

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Canberra B Mk 2, WJ615 of No 50 Sqn, which flew into the top of a mountain near Braemar whilst overshooting on a night diversion exercise.  He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Andover

22 Nov

HEATHMAN, DENNIS GEORGE  (3523938) age: 28

AC2

He was serving at RAF Cardington and had only been in the RAF a few days when he collapsed and died.  He was cremated at Torquay Crematorium.

22 Nov

PHILLIPS, RONALD LANCELOT CB, CBE, MIEE  (26120) age: 47

A/Cdre

He was the AOC, No 27 (Training) Group but died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton.  He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Yatesbury

23 Nov

BENTON, KENNETH LEONARD  (3517156) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX525 of No 48 Sqn, which dived into the ground whilst turning away from a cloud bank in a valley during an supply dropping sortie in Malaya.  He is buried in Biggin Hill Cemetery

23 Nov

SELTH, JOHN ARTHUR NORTON age: 32

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX525 of No 48 Sqn, which dived into the ground whilst turning away from a cloud bank in a valley during an supply dropping sortie in Malaya.  His ashes are buried in the Garden of Remembrance, Kranji Military Cemetery

23 Nov

WITHAM, JOHN HENRY age: 25

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Valetta C Mk 1, VX525 of No 48 Sqn, which dived into the ground whilst turning away from a cloud bank in a valley during an supply dropping sortie in Malaya.  His ashes are buried in the Memorial Gardens, City of London Cemetery, Wanstead

25 Nov

SMITH, BRIAN JAMES  (3148392) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Watchet and was found dead in his bunk, having died from asphyxia during an epileptic fit.  He is buried in Chapel St Leonards Church Cemetery, Skegness.

27 Nov

BROWN, JACK  (5036555) age: 22

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 Newton.  He is buried in Christchurch Churchyard, Walmersley

27 Nov

DERRINGTON, HERBERT MORRIS  (49074) age: 39

Flt Lt

He was serving in the UK (Hornchurch?) and was killed in an explosion in a bomb dump his death being registered in Romford.  He is buried in Kempsey Parish Churchyard.

29 Nov

CHICKEN, WILLIAM EDWARD  (2285946) age: 29

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Oldenburg at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He was cremated at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne

01 Dec

GRAHAM, GORDON ASHLEY  (584079) age: 25

Cpl

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 Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

03 Dec

REED, ALEXANDER BRIAN  (5014121) age: 19

LAC

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

04 Dec

YOUNG, DAVID JOHN  (4034909) age: 26

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 4, XE669 of No 98 Sqn, which abandoned near Jever following an fire on take off but he failed to separate from his seat.  He is buried in Ohlsdorf Military Cemetery

04 Dec

ERWOOD, JOHN SIDNEY  (4167948) age: 19

SAC

He was serving at RAF Honington but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Ely as his death was registered in Ely.  He is buried in Sidcup Cemetery

04 Dec

McFARLAND, WILLIAM JAMES  (2608415) age: 21

A/Plt Off

He was serving with a UAS and was at RAF Hullavington when he died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton from injuries sustained on 1 December when his motorcycle collided with a car on the Malmesbury-Swindon road.  He is buried in Mosley Hill Cemetery, Liverpool.

04 Dec

WILLIAMS, BRIAN JOHN  (4171120) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Ta Kali at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Condover Churchyard, Shrewsbury

05 Dec

O'MAHONY, JOHN PLUNKETT TERENCE  (607545) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Hunter F Mk 4, XE660 of No 247 Sqn, which dived into the ground inverted from cloud near Alton shortly taking off from Odiham.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

06 Dec

BROWN, JOHN ARTHUR BUCKMASTER  (2489372) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 13, WM314 of No 39 Sqn, which struck the ground in a left turn whilst attempting an overshoot at RAF Nicosia in poor weather.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

06 Dec

LEDGER, TERENCE ALFRED GEORGE  (3125608) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor NF Mk 13, WM314 of No 39 Sqn, which struck the ground in a left turn whilst attempting an overshoot at RAF Nicosia in poor weather.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

06 Dec

BAKER, COLLIN JOHN  (5016044) age: 19

AC1

He was serving with the RAF Police at RAF Netheravon 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 St Michael's Cemetery, Pembroke

06 Dec

GEE, NATHAN JOHN  (503548) age: 30

Flt Lt

He was serving at or was a patient in the RAF Hospital Changi at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Jewish Cemetery, Singapore

12 Dec

JONES, KENNETH ROBERT BLEAKLEY  (195084) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Whirlwind HAR Mk 2, XJ751 of No 22 Sqn, which broke up and burst into flames after striking the ground near RAF West Malling whilst flying below cloud and in strong winds from Felixstowe to Thorney Island.  He is buried in Frankby Cemetery, Morton, Wirral

12 Dec

WALKER, PETER  (153936) age: 35

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Whirlwind HAR Mk 2, XJ751 of No 22 Sqn, which broke up and burst into flames after striking the ground near RAF West Malling whilst flying below cloud and in strong winds from Felixstowe to Thorney Island.  He is buried in Westfield Cemetery, Harpenden

12 Dec

MEACE, LESLIE  (1591078) age: 32

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Linton on Ouse 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 Gulval Churchyard, Penzance

14 Dec

BARTHOLOMEW, ANTHONY JOHN  (4163023) age: 20

LAC

He was serving at RAF Northolt and was killed when he walked into the revolving propeller of a Valetta after starting its engine.  He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

15 Dec

MAIR, JOHN GRAHAM  (4182866) age: 18

AC1

He was serving at RAF West Freugh and died in Ballochmyle Hospital, Mauchline from injuries sustained in a road accident.  He is buried in St Kenteigens Cemetery, Glasgow.

20 Dec

SEXSTONE, LESLIE ERNEST  (43338) age: 48

Wg Cdr

He was probably on the non effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Wroughton as his death was registered in Swindon.  He is buried in Coney Hill Cemetery, Gloucester

21 Dec

BRAITHWAITE, FRANCIS JOSEPH ST.GEORGE CBE  (05161) age: 49

AVM

He was was Chief of Staff, Far East Air Force and killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF848 of the Far East Communication Sqn which came down at Pulau Batum in Indonesia during a controlled descent but the cause never established.  He is buried in Pasir Panjang Cemetery, Singapore

21 Dec

BURNS, ROBERT  (181597) age: 32

Sqn Ldr

He was probably on the non effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Uxbridge as his death was registered in Uxbridge.  He is buried in Hillingdon Cemetery

22 Dec

VINCENT, BRIAN WILLIAM  (4172643) age: 20

SAC

He was serving at RAF Cardington and was killed whilst travelling home for Christmas leave, when his car overturned at a bend in the road near Strctton-on-Dunsmore.  He is buried in St Cuthbert 's Churchyard, Donington.

22 Dec

SCOTT, ARTHUR SOMERVILLE  (3520192) age: 20

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Leconfield at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Hull.  He is buried in Vale of Leven Cemetery, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire

24 Dec

BELL, TREVOR JOHN  (1926627) age: 20

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Catterick at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Darlington.  He is buried in Northern Cemetery, Bulwell, Nottingham

26 Dec

DOYLE, CHARLES JOSEPH  (2466351) age: 24

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 Liverpool S.  He is buried in Anfield Cemetery

27 Dec

LUESLEY, BERNARD FRANK  (587093) 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 Basingstoke.  He is buried in Odiham Cemetery

27 Dec

KIBBLE, FRANCIS  (522112) age: 49

Sgt

He was on the strength of RAF Innsworth, but probably died whilst non effective and his death is registered in Bucklow.  He is buried in Sale Cemetery, Cheshire

28 Dec

ELBOURNE, PHILIP STEPHEN  (1925670) age: 21

SAC

He was serving at RAF Kirkham and died in Farnborough Hospital, Orpington after being taken ill two days earlier.  He is buried in Tatsfield Churchyard, Kent.

30 Dec

POVEY, GEORGE WILLIAM  (537596) age: 41

Flt Sgt

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 North Kesteven.  He is buried in St Mary's Catholic Church, Boston

30 Dec

PRIESTLEY, RICHARD WILLIAM  (627506) age: 35

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Waddington at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in North Kesteven.  He is buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Waddington

31 Dec

WILKINS, LESLIE RICHARD  (4022892) age: 27

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Nicosia and died while trying to rescue a policeman from assassination by two EOKA gunmen.  He is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery

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