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    Can anyone please help me with the post-war service details of Sgt Pilot R 'Val' Volanthen? I believe that he flew with the Meteor display teams of No.s 1 and 63 Squadrons, and No.226 OCU. Thank you in advance. David

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    He seems too have died in 1954, born 1924.
    died Cirenchester memorial Hospital.

    Awarded a Queens award per the London Gazette in 1953, perhaps you know more about him that might help us fill in gaps?
    Dennis Burke
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    He seems a rather enigmatic chap - which makes him more interesting?

    He first appears with No.1 Squadron in 1950, flying Meteors. In 1951 he was with No.226 OCU, again flying Meteors. To make him rather predictable, he was with No.66 Squadron during 1952. After that he seems to 'disappear'? He was a keen aerobatic display pilot and flew with the Meteor teams of all three units. I don't know his Christian name but he was once referred to as 'Val' - an air force nickname? Any help?

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    Sorry, I should have added, his name was Raymond, search for Volanthen in the London Gazette

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/search

    its the only hit for his name that comes up.
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    Thank you - that seems to be the man? A Queen's Commendation in 1954; it is a shame that he obviously did not live long to enjoy it?

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    Unfortunately, F/S Raymond VOLANTHEN age 30 was killed on 6 Dec 54 when Hunter Mk I serial WT632 crashed at 5 MU Kemble.

    The pilot, who was flying his first sortie on type, attempted to overshoot a high speed touchdown. After all sorts of gyrations, with the aircraft failing to accelerate, it hit the roof of a hangar and caught fire.

    Colin Cummings

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    Colin and Dennis,

    Thank you for your generous help with regard Flt Sgt Volanthen. It seems a sad ending to an otherwise distinguished career.

    Rgds,

    David

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