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    BREWERTON, Cyril Fraser, F/L, DSC - killed 18 January 1927 in an Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; with F/O E. Chafe, F/O and Lieutenant (RN) Guy Owen Owen-Jones, and J39729 Leading Telegraphist George William Burton. Account in Flight of 27 January 1927 read as follows: “The aeroplane had just taken off and, still flying directly into the wind, approached the coast where the cliff is about 300 feet high. Here the air was unusually disturbed by a gusty wind blowing seawards at about 30 miles an hour. The machine, at a height of 50 feet, was thrown out of control, the starboard lower wing struck the ground near the cliff edge and the machine plunged into the sea. There is no indication of any defect in the aircraft or engine. Flight Commander C.F. Brewerton, who commanded the Flight, was a most skillful pilot with many years experience, both during and since the war.”

    CHAFE, Edwin, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - killed 18 January 1927, Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; see entry for F/L C.F. Brewerton.

    OWEN-JONES, Guy Owen, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - killed 18 January 1927, Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; see entry for F/L C.F. Brewerton.

    BURTON, George William, J39729 Leading Telegraphist, RN - killed 18 January 1927, Avro Bison, No.423 Flight, Malta; see entry for F/L C.F. Brewerton.

    FRASER, Cyril, F/L, DSC - died 18 January 1927 at Malta following an aeroplane accident.

    SATTIN, Arthur, F/O - drowned 27 January 1927 following an accident in a Fairey Flycatcher, No.405 Flight, off the coast of Portugal; sole occupant of aircraft; failed attempt to land aboard HMS Furious.

    CAMPBELL, Gordon Thursby, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - drowned 28 January 1927, southwest coast of Spain, Blackburn Dart, No.462 Flight, HMS Furious.

    MEGGITT, William Geoffrey, F/L, MC - killed 28 January 1927, in Siskin of No.41 Squadron, Norbury, London

    MILLS, John Yarnton, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - killed 1 February 1927 at Benghis Point, Malta, in collision of a Fairey Flycatcher of No.402 Flight and a Fairey IIID of No.441 Flight; Mills was sole occupant in the Flycatcher. “Flying Officer Alexander Harold James Howlett, the pilot of the Fairey IIID aircraft was uninjured and his passengers, Wing Commander Gilbert George Herbert Cooke, DFC, AFC and No.61875 Flight Sergeant Arthur Edmund Lawrence Worster, sustained only slight injuries.”

    LEWIS, Gomer Flower, P/O - killed 2 February 1927 in a Wookcock aeroplane of No.3 Squadron.

    EVANS, Sidney Arthur Vernon, P/O - Killed at Rottingdeane, Sussex, 4 February 1927 in a flying accident, Gloster Grebe No.56 Squadron, Biggin Hill.

    WALKER, John Matthew, F/O, RAFO - Killed 10 March 1927

    RIGG, Robert Owen, F/O and Honourary F/L - Killed 12 March 1927 in a Fairey IIIF, No.60 Squadron, at Peshawar. Also killed were 362688 LAC Patrick John Sexton and 327848 LAC William James Meaden.

    SEXTON, Patrick John, LAC (362688) - Killed 12 March 1927 in a Fairey IIIF, No.60 Squadron, at Peshawar. See entry for F/O Robert Owen Rigg.

    MEADEN, William James, LAC (3278488) - Killed 12 March 1927 in a Fairey IIIF, No.60 Squadron, at Peshawar. See entry for F/O Robert Owen Rigg.

    PRIESTMAN, Frederick, P/O - Killed 18 March 1927

    WILTSHIRE, Frank, Lieutenant, retired - Died 6 April 1927

    KELLY, William James, F/O - Killed 19 April 1927 at Eastchurch in a Vickers Virginia of No.9 Squadron; also killed were P/O John Frederick Dowdeswell, 134932 Flight Sergeant Albert George Alderton, and 157294 AC2 Everett Daniels.

    DOWDESWELL, John Frederick, P/O - Killed 19 April 1927 at Eastchurch in a Vickers Virginia of No.9 Squadron; see entry for F/O William James Kelly.

    ALDERTON, Albert George, Flight Sergeant (134942) - Killed 19 April 1927 at Eastchurch in a Vickers Virginia of No.9 Squadron; see entry for F/O William James Kelly.

    DANIELS, Everett, AC2 (157924) - Killed 19 April 1927 at Eastchurch in a Vickers Virginia of No.9 Squadron; see entry for F/O William James Kelly.

    BLATCHFORD, Keith Conway, P/O - died of injuries 3 May 1927; he had been posted to No.2 Flying Training School, Digby, 18 January 1927.

    FOOT, William Alan, F/O, RAFO - killed 12 May 1927 in a DH.9 of the Civil Flying School, Stag Lane, Edgeware.

    BENTLEY, Alfred Cyril, Flight Cadet - killed 13 May 1927 in a Bristol Fighter, RAF Cadet College, Cranwell.

    CARTER, Richard Fenner, F/O and Honorary F/L - died of injuries 13 May 1927 following crash of a Fairey III, Gosport.

    HOLDEN, Arthur Leslie, P/O - died 16 May 1927 following crash at Kenley, Gamecock, No.32 Squadron.

    MACE, Arthur George, P/O - killed 16 May 1927 at Sealand, Chester, flying an Avro of No.5 Flying Training School, Sealand.

    PORTER, Edward Ernest, F/L, MBE, DCM - Died 19 May 1927. A member of the Stores Branch, he had been posted to Aircraft Depot, Iraq, 7 December 1926.

    HOWARD, Robert Douglas Vernon, F/O, RAFO - Killed 25 May 1927

    COCKS, John James Crofts, F/O - Missing, presumed to have died on or since 26 May 1927 in the course of a private flight, India to England, possibly near Turkey. Aircraft was his own DH.9 assembled from two other machines that had been in storage. Left Lahore, 11 May 1927. Left Karachi 19 May 1927. Member of No.60 (Bombing) Squadron.

    ROWSTON, LAC - Missing, presumed to have died on or since 26 May 1927 in the course of a private flight, India to England, possibly near Turkey, with F/O J.J.C. Cocks.

    MILLER, Horace, F/O - Died of Injuries 30 May 1927

    OPENSHAW, Lawrence Pratt, F/L (or Major), RAFO - killed 6 June 1927 “flying at Bournemouth.”

    LONGTON, Walter Hunt, S/L, DFC, AFC - killed 6 June 1927 “flying at Bournemouth”

    FORBES, Haydon Marriott Sutherland, F/O, DSC, Lieutenant-Commander, RN - killed 9 June 1927 while carrying out bombing practice at Marsa, Scirocco, Malta; sole occupant of a Fairey Flycatcher, No.402 Flight.

    BELL, Sydney Fleetwood, F/O - killed 16 June 1927 at Stamford in a Sopwith Snipe, Central Flying School; with F/L H.W. Baggs.

    BAGGS, Humphrey William, F/L - killed 16 June 1927 at Stamford in a Sopwith Snipe, Central Flying School; with F/O S.F. Bell.

    SALMOND, Rawdon Frank Gerald, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - died of injuries 22 June 1927 from a crash at Dundee, in a Fairey IIID from RAF Training Base Leuchars; sole occupant.

    SLACKE, Randal Earl, F/O - killed 24 June 1927 at Old Chaman, India, in a Bristol Fighter of No.31 Squadron; with LAC A.C. Hart.

    HART, A.C., LAC killed 24 June 1927 at Old Chaman, India, in a Bristol Fighter of No.31 Squadron; with F/O R.E. Slacke.

    SMITH, Archibald Edward Protheroe, F/O - killed 10 July 1927 in a motor vehicle accident, Tidworth.

    PHILLIPS, Leonard William Hennell, F/O and Honorary Flight Lieutenant - missing, presumed killed 12 July 1927, in a Fairey Flycatcher of No.403 Fighter Flight (China Station), in the vicinity of Chang Chan Island, Hong Kong.

    SHORTER, William Horace, P/O - killed 18 July 1927 at Camberley in a Bristol Fighter of No.13 (Army Coperation) Squadron; with 362994 AC1 Leslie Rogers.

    ROGERS, Leslie, AC1 (362994) - killed 18 July 1927 at Camberley in a Bristol Fighter of No.13 (Army Coperation) Squadron; with P/O W.H. Shorter.

    PACE, Richard Griffith, P/O - killed 20 July 1927, sole occupant of a Gamecock, No.32 Squadron, Kenley

    SITWELL, William George, W/C, DSC (Ret) - died 21 July 1927 at RAF Hospital, Halton.

    ANDERSON, Ian Andrew, F/O - killed 25 July 1927 at Northolt, in a Woodcock of No.17 Squadron, Upavon; collision during exercises.

    GEORGE, William, F/O, RAFO - Died 26 July 1927

    BARNARD, Frank Leslie, F/O, OBE AFC (RAFO) - Killed 28 July 1927 in test flight of a Bristol Badminton which was being prepared for a King’s Cup race. Engine failure followed by stall and crash.

    BOON, Arthur Goodison. F/O and Lieutenant, Royal Scots - killed at Farnborough, 1 August 1927 in a Bristol Fighter, No.13 (Army Cooperation) Squadron; with 363269 LAC Stanley Noel Vincent.

    VINCENT, Stanley Noel, LAC (363269) - killed at Farnborough, 1 August 1927 in a Bristol Fighter, No.13 (Army Cooperation) Squadron; with F/O A.G. Boon.

    ANNESLEY, William Robert Bathurst, F/L - Died 16 August 1927. He had been posted to RAF Training Depot, Leuchars, 13 January 1927.

    CAMPION, Oliver St.Leger, F/L, RAFO - Died 23 August 1927 of heart failure, Cairo.

    SMITH, Gilbert, Flight Sergeant (314826) - killed 24 August 1927 at Heliopolis, as crewman in a DH.9A of No.45 (Bomber) Squadron; pilot, 335007 Sergeant George Bruce Gillies, seriously injured.

    KELLY, Harold Cyprian, P/O - Killed 26 August 1927 at Upavon in a Woodcock of No.3 (Fighter) Squadron. Pilot and sole occupant.

    MINCHIN, Frederick Frank, S/L, CBE DSO MC (RAFO) - Presumed to have died on or since 31 August 1927. Lost on trans-Atlantic attempt with F/O Leslie Hamilton and the Princess Lowenstein, 31 August 1927. C.G. Grey wrote, Aeroplane, “Everybody like Squadron Leader Minchin, he had much personal charm and a kindly nature. He was admired for his skill and courage as a pilot. And during the War 1914-18 he proved himself to be a very good commanding officer. But somehow, in civil life, he seemed to fail to find a job worthy of his war record or of his social position. Personally he struck one as a man possessed by some constant sadness, so perhaps hs end has been welcomed by him. At any rate he died in the course of a great adventure, which - as those who knew him well will agree - neither vanity nor the desire for gain had any part.”

    MEDCALF, James Victor, F/O, RAFO - Presumed to have died on or since 7 September 1927. In 1927 Carling's Brewery of London, Ontario offered a $25,000 prize for a Canadian or British pilot to fly their Stinson-Detroiter monoplane, the Sir John Carling from London, Canada across the Atlantic Ocean to London, England. The two man crew of Terrence Tully and his friend James Medcalf made one failed attempt on August 29, 1927 but had to return to London due to heavy fog at Kingston. The original photograph that this copy originates from was signed by James Medcalf on August 31, 1927, the day before the second attempt on September 1st when the plane made it to Caribou, Maine where it was fogbound for five days. After this it flew on to Harbour Grace, Newfoundland for the flight across the Atlantic. After departing on September 7, 1927 for London, England the Sir John Carling and its crew tragically disappeared over the Atlantic.

    BEDDALL, Robert Spencer, Flight Cadet - died of injuries, 10 September 1927 following accident in a DH.9A, RAF Cadet College, Cranwell.

    GASKELL, Arthur Bruce, W/C, DSC - killed 15 September 1927, air accident, Hinaidi, Iraq; Bristol Fighter of No.30 (Bombing) Squadron; employed on staff training duty in Iraq; 361810 LAC William Ronald Kittow-Roberts died of injuries.

    KITTOW-ROBERTS, William Ronald, LAC (361810) - killed 15 September 1927, air accident, Hinaidi, Iraq; Bristol Fighter of No.30 (Bombing) Squadron; with W/CA.B. Gaskell.

    HALL, Richard, Staff Chaplin, Reverend, OBE - Died 15 October 1927

    RUMFITT, William Harvey Osborne, F/O - Flying Training Base, Leuchars - killed 20 October 1927 in a Fairey IIID; 364328 Aircraftsman Francis William Tomlinson died of injuries; 364080 Aircraftman Herber William Furness serious injured.

    TOMLINSON, Francis William, Aircraftsman - Flying Training Base, Leuchars - killed 20 October 1927 in a Fairey IIID; with F/O W.H.O. Rumfitt.

    BAYLY, Leonard Joseph St.George, S/L, MC - Died 23 October 1927

    MACKENZIE-RICHARDS, Campbell, F/O - Killed 9 November 1927 “at East Grinstead, after leaping from his RAF machine with a parachute. His observer, Mr. H.N. Green, made a safe descent. They were flying from Croydon to Farnborough and lost their position owing ro compass defects. Lack of petrol then made a landing urgent but as a suitable place could not be found, the descent by parachute was decided upon. It is clear from the evidence that F/O Mackenzie-Richards lost his life through his concern for the safety of Mr. Green who had no previous experience of parachute descents. He delayed his own jump until the observer was safe and was then too low, consequently hitting the ground before the parachute opened.”

    WHELAN, Robert Darley, F/O - Killed 3 December 1927 in a Fairey Fox of No.12 Squadron, Andover, with 357736 AC2 Henry Arthur Lacey.

    LACEY, Henry Arthur, AC2 (357736) - Killed 3 December 1927 in a Fairey Fox of No.12 Squadron, Andover, with F/O R.D. Whelan.

    ROWE, Alexander Meredith, F/O, RAFO - Died 10 December 1927

    WHITTAKER, John Tudor, S/L, MC - Died 12 December 1927

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    Some more for 1927

    27 Jan Sattin Flycatcher N9916 FAA A/c 1920-
    28 Jan Campbell Dart N9800 Do
    28 Jan Meggitt Siskin at Beatrice Av. The Times
    1 Feb Mills Flycatcher/IIID S1069 & N9576 FAA A/c 1920
    2 Feb Lewis Woodcock J7736 J File
    4 Feb Evans Grebe J7582 Do
    10 Mar Walker Brisfit at Renfrew The Times
    18 Mar Priestman Horsley at Elham J8012 Do & J File
    12 May Foot Civilian DH at Littlewick Berks The Times
    13 May Bentley Brisfit at Henlow COL Do
    16 May Holden Gamecock collision J8042 & J8043 Do & J File
    16 May Mace Avro H255 Do
    25 May Howard Imp Airways at Gaza The Times
    6 June Rowston/Miller B’burn Bluebird & W’land Widgeon coll The Times
    9 Jun Forbes Flycatcher N9887 FAA A/c 1920-
    22 Jun Salmond Fairey IIID The Times
    12 Jul Phillips Flycatcher N9910 FAA A/c 1920-
    18 Jul Shorter/Rogers Brisfit J7671 J File
    20 Jul Pace Gamecock at Sutton Bridge The Times
    28 Jul Barnard Badminton G-EBMK Putnam
    26 Aug Kelly Woodcock J7734 J File
    31 Aug Minchin/Medcalf Fokker F.VIIA G-EBTQ Times/Putnam
    23 Oct Mackenzie-Richards Brisfit C761 Times/J File
    3 Dec Whelan/Lacey Fox at Enfield J7941 Do

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    Hello,

    Some additional info on 1927:

    19/04/27 - KELLY/DOWDESWELL/ALDERTON/DANIELS - Vickers Virginia VI J7714.
    12/05/27 - FOOT - De Havilland D.H.9J Puma Trainer G-EBLH (D.H. School of Training).
    26/05/27 - COCKS/ROWSTON - Airco D.H.9 G-IAAB(2). Formerly D3180, Imperial Gift to India. Missing between Kania and Costantinople, Turkey 25-26/05/27.
    06/06/27 - OPENSHAW/LONGTON - Blackburn Bluebird I G-EBKD (LONGTON), crashed and burned out following air collision with Westland Widgeon G-EBPW (OPENSHAW, Westland Chief Test Pilot), at Bournemouth.
    20/07/27 - PACE - Gloster Gamecock I J7907 (32 Sqn.).

    Col.
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    Hugh

    I've got a few snippets to add:

    HALL Richard - died at the Westminster Hospital - source is the National Probate Calendar

    BAYLY, Leonard Joseph St George - died at Watford Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford - source is the National Probate Calendar

    ROWE, Alexander Meredith - died at the National Hospital, Holborn - source is the National Probate Calendar

    WHITTAKER, John Tudor - the Chelmsford Chronicle of January 27th 1928 reports that "The death has occured at Bombay of Squadron-Leader John Tudor Whittaker, M.C., R.A.F., youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Whittaker." He died aged 33.

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    24 June 1927 A C Hart is


    LAC Alfred Claudius Hart #349473

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    Missing from list

    Flight AUGUST 11, 1927

    As the result of an accident at El Tabbin, on the River Nile, to a D.H.9.A machine of No. 47 (Bombing) Squadron, Helwan, Egypt, on July 22, 355883 A.C.I Harold Kauntze Bacon (previously reported missing) was killed. Flying Officer Francis Stanhope Homersham, D.C.M., M.M., the pilot of the aircraft, was uninjured.

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    Can anyone identity the DH9a that crashed at Cranwell on 9th September 1927, the pilot Flight Cadet Robert Spencer BEDDALL died the next day in Cranwell Hospital. His service file does not contain details of the incident (there is no CoI entry) but newspaper reports state Error of judgment as he spun the aircraft and stalled at 500 feet over Leadenham Hill Top, Grantham, in Lincolnshire.

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    BENTLEY, Alfred Cyril, Flight Cadet - killed 13 May 1927 in a Bristol Fighter, RAF Cadet College, Cranwell. (Incorrect should be belonging to RAF Cadet College at Henlow)
    Court of Inquiry held at Cranwell on 16.5.27. At home Aircraft Depot Henlow, Killed flying accident (Pilot) Bristol Fighter "4940" at Henlow Aerodrome 13.5.27. Error of judgment

    So probably this one F4940

    F4940 MKRS recondition to “J” type DC (c/n 6819): AW/CN 26.9.25; RAF (Cadet) College 9.26-3.27; Mid-air collision with H4507 13.9.26 (Repaired)

    J Serials has

    13 May 1927 F.2B RAF College. Whilst en route Cranwell-Henlow-Cranwell, landed downwind and crashed, Henlow, Flt Cadet Cpl A C Bentley Killed

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    GASKELL, Arthur Bruce, W/C, DSC - killed 15 September 1927, air accident, Hinaidi, Iraq; Bristol Fighter of No.30 (Bombing) Squadron; employed on staff training duty in Iraq; 361810 LAC William Ronald Kittow-Roberts died of injuries.

    Bristol Fighter serial no. H1632 - source: Wg Cdr Gaskell's service record



    HOWARD, Robert Douglas Vernon, F/O, RAFO - Killed 25 May 1927

    D.H.9A J7831, 14 Sqn - source: Fg Off Howard's service record

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    Missing Casualty


    Cpl Reginald William Richard Robins, DFM (Waziristan, 1925) (aged 25) killed #86779

    "As the result of an accident at Aboukir, Egypt, to a D.H.9a
    machine of No. 4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, on July
    19, No. 86779, Corporal Reginald William Richard Robins, the
    pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft, was killed."

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