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    PAIN, Stanley Cyril, AC1 - Died or killed, Al Raschid, Iraq, 10 January 1935.

    LLOYD, R.F., LAC - Died or killed, Al Raschid, Iraq, 13 January 1935..

    BARKER, Clifford Leonard Oliver, Sergeant (364430) - killed 19 January 1935 at Tusmore Park with Sergeant F.H. Land, crash of Moth K1855 belonging to Station Flight, Upper Heyford, although he was a member of No.18 Squadron.

    LAND, Francis Herbert, Sergeant (346833) - killed 19 January 1935 at Tusmore Park with Sergeant C.L.O. Barker, crash of Moth K1855 belonging to Station Flight, Upper Heyford, although he was a member of No.18 Squadron.

    DARNELL, G.E., Corporal - Died or killed, 19 January 1935 at Imtarfa.

    OLIVER, Lewis Walter, F/O - No.2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, Manston, killed 21 January 1935 near Old Sarum “in a Rota aircraft of the School of Army Cooperation.” This was K4234. Subsequently the Air Ministry issued the following statement: “On the 21st January 1935, near Old Sarum Aerodrome, a Royal Air Force Autogiro (Rota Type C.30A) was involved in an accident which resulted in the wrecking of the aircraft and the death of the pilot. The aeroplane entered a cloud when flying straight and level at a height of about 1,500 to 2,000 feet and emerged about half a minute later in a steep dive in which it remained until it struck the ground. The accident occurred in the course of Service training and while the pilot had been a qualified Royal Air Force pilot for more than two years, was carrying out his fourth solo flight in this new type of aircraft.

    As a result of his investigations the Inspector of Accidents has come to the conclusion that no structural failure of the aircraft or defect in its control mechanism occurred during the flight. He considers that the cause of the accident cannot be definitely determined but that the evidence suggests, as the most likely cause, that in the course of flying training under Service conditions, made difficult by low-lying cloud, the aircraft in diving had been allowed to reach a speed at which, owing to longitudinal instability, it had become uncontrollable.”

    CLINCH, Douglas Howard, A/P/O - Killed 22 January 1935 in Bulldog K2953, No.3 Flying Training School; flew into ground in poor visibility, near Sandbach, Cheshire during cross-country exercise.

    HARFREY, J.R., LAC - Killed 24 January 1935, Fairey Gordon K2641, No.47 Squadron, Khartoum. “Bounced out of aircraft and killed” or “jumped out of aircraft at 200 feet.”

    MARSHALL, Rev Henry, Chaplain, MA, retired - Died 11 February 1935

    PEARSON-ROGERS, Peter John, F/O - Killed 12 February 1935 with No.800 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron, Malta (air collision), Hawker Nimrod aircraft (Sub-Lieutenant Philip Alexander Roby Brembridge, RN, injured in other aircraft).

    ALLEN, Cyril Norton, LAC (562415) - Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    BAILEY, Stephen Thomas, Corporal (359103) - Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    BEATTY, Henry Longfield, F/L - Killed 15 February 1935 at San Filippo, Sicily in the crash of a Short Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron, crashed into mountainside near Messina in bad weather. This was one of four aircraft which had left Pembroke Dock on 15 January 1935 en route to Singapore.

    FORBES, John Alexander Charles, F/O - Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    PENN, Reginald John, civilian passenger - Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    REES, Roland Dennis James, LAC - Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    WALLACE, William Patrick, LAC (363239) - Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    WILLIS, Herbert James, Sergeant (560464)- Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    WOGAN, Leslie, AC1 (564901) - Killed 15 February 1935, Singapore III (K3595), on charge of No.210 Squadron, being delivered to No.205 Squadron (see H.L, Beatty for details)

    FAULDS, Robert, F/L, AAF - Killed 20 February 1935 while flight testing Gull G-ACIR which crashed at Heston following engine failure at 600 feet; spun into ground while attempting to regain airfield.

    ATKINSON, Henry John, LAC (563714) - missing 5 March 1935 following accident to Osprey K3632, RAF Training Base Gosport; F/O N. Radcliffe-Williams pilot. Dinghy stowage cover came off and lodged on tail unit. Both men baled out; Atkinson’s parachute failed to deploy.

    RADCLIFFE-WILLIAMS, Nigel, F/O and Sub-Lieutenant, RN) - killed 5 March 1935 off St.Catharines Point, in Osprey aircraft K3632 of RAF Training Base Gosport. Dinghy stowage cover came off and lodged on tail unit. Baled out but strangled by his parachute. LAC H.J. Atkinson missing, believed downed.

    BERRY, Arthur Henry, F/O, DSM, retired - Died 12 March 1935

    SPOONER, Hugh, P/O, RAFO - Killed 15 March 1935. The following from Flight, 21 March 1935. “It is with the greatest regret that Flight has to record the death last Friday of Captain Tony Spooner as the result of an accident ten miles west of El Arish, to a Misr-Airwork ‘Dragon’ which he was piloting. It is understood that the accident occurred in a very thick dust storm. One engine stopped, and with the other failing, a landing was attempted on the dunes near the coast.

    Captain Spooner was chief pilot to Misr-Airwork and was highly experienced in the operation of the air lines started by that company in Egypt.

    In 1929, with the late Captain Sparkes, he was instructor to the Montreal Flying Club, a position which he gave up three years ago to go to Egypt. He was undoubtedly very largely responsible for the success of the air lines in that country, and his likeable personality won for him the endearment of all those people, both Egyptian and other nationalities, who were connected with flying in that country.

    To Mrs. Spooner, his wife, we offer our deepest sympathy. Incidentally, it is her wish that instead of Glenda Graham, the name by which she is so well known in Fleet Street, she shall in future only be referred to as Mrs. Tony Spooner.

    The accident occurred en route to Palestine. Two Swiss passengers, Col. Frey and Mr.Scamidheni, both of Basle and connected with the cement industry in Egypt, were also killed. Col. Cuthbertson, a retired Territorial officer and Mr. David Henderson, who is on the staff of the Iraq Petroleum Company, were injured.”

    HATRICK, Alfred Lindsay Gordon, F/O - Killed 17 March 1935.

    KIRKLEY, Colin, A/P/O -Killed near Scopwick, Linconshire, 18 March 1935 in Tutor aircraft K3318 of No.2 Flying Training School, Digby, Lincolnshire, with F/O G.E.B. Nixon. Aircraft broke up in the air during aerobatics. Aeroplane of 27 March 1935 reported from inquest held at Digby, 19 March 1935, “Flight Lieutenant John Roberts said that one of the automatic slats from a wing of the aeroplane was found in a wood half a mile from the scene of the accident. He had never heard of a slat coming off in that way before.”

    NIXON, George Edward Bullen, F/O - Killed near Scopwick, Linconshire, 18 March 1935 in Tutor K3318 of No.2 Flying Training School, Digby, Lincolnshire. With A/P/O C. Kirkley. Aircraft broke up in the air during aerobatics.

    DORAN, Archibald Mouritz, F/O - Killed 21 March 1935 at Air Armament School, Eastchurch; fell out of Wapiti aircraft K2265 in which he was passenger. Aeroplane of 27 March 1935 reported , “An inquest was held at Eastchurch on March 22 on the body of Flying Officer A.M. Doran. Flying Offucer E.C. Ingham, who was the pilot of the machine, said it was the pilot’s duty to ascertain that the passenger had the safety wire attached before taking off. He asked Doran whether he was ready to take off, and Doran replied that he was. During a gliding turn he heard a thump. He looked into the cockpit and could not see Doran but saw two pieces of cowling falling. On landing he found the bombing platform open. His theory was that Doran had leaned back against the gun. His feet might have slid forward with his weight behind them and pushed the platform forward. He would then have stepped back and fallen out.” Doran had been detached from No.820 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron. HMS Courageous, for an armament course at Eastchurch.

    BUCHANAN, George Rowland, A/P/O - Killed 23 March 1935 while flying an aircraft of No.10 Flying Training School. Air of Authority list.

    LAMBOURNE, Gilbert, F/L, retired - Died 3 April 1935

    DUDDING, Maynard Cecil, F/L, RAFO - Killed 12 April 1935 landing a Miles Hawk at Warlingham; known as instructor with Surrey Flying Services, Croydon.

    SMITH, Keith Noel, F/O - Killed 14 April 1935

    KNIGHT, Ronald William Henry, F/O, RAFO - Died of injuries 16 April 1935

    SPROT, Samuel Edward, P/O, AAF - Killed 23 April 1935 - No.607 Squadron. He was flying in DH 60G Moth, G-ABRD, on a civilian flight from Cramlington, Northumberland to Knitsly, County Durham. Local reports and 607 ORB give date of his death as evening of April 24, 1935. Sammy's brother Andrew was pilot of the aircraft when it crashed into the grounds of their father’s estate at Woodlands Hall, Knitsly. Sammy was killed in the accident and was buried in the family vault at Dunino Church, St Andrews, Fife: he was 22 years old. The family were formerly named Sadler but, for business reasons the name was changed to Sprot two years before Sammy was killed.


    GOLDSMITH, Norman, G/C, OBE, retired - Died 25 April 1935

    MOORE, Martin Cedric, F/O - No.216 Squadron - killed 28 April 1935. On a flight from Cairo to Capetown, Victoria J8232 of No.216 Squadron alighted at Tororo, Uganda and overran the field, coming to a stop in long grass. On getting out he walked into one of the revolving propellers and died of his injuries.

    GREEN, Wilfred Willoughby, LAC (363394) - killed 29 April 1935 at Catterick, falling from Audax K3093 of No.26 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron. Collided with Audax K3092 of same unit; minor damage but Green thrown out by impact and killed.

    BOOG-WATSON, Robert, S/L, MB, ChB, DPH - Died 2 May 1935

    JAMIESON, William Morrison, Ordinary Seaman - killed 8 May 1935, struck by a propellor aboard HMS Courageous.

    NEWMAN, Stanley John McNab, P/O - Killed 8 May 1935 - shot down by rebel tribesmen, Al Rumaitha, Wapiti K1125, No.55 Squadron, during a reconnaissance.

    HAWKINS, Alfred Edward, AC2 (514271) - Killed 8 May 1935 - shot down by rebel tribesmen, Al Rumaitha, Wapiti K1125, No.55 Squadron, during a reconnaissance.

    SANDIFORD, Henry Spear, F/L - Killed 10 May 1935 at Mosul (Iraq) Musketry Range, Wapiti J9853 of No.30 (Bombing) Squadron. LAC Jack Woledge Roberts (passenger) severely injured. Working with armoured cars of No.1 Armoured Car Company, exercise on Mosul Musketry Range, flying low, struck one car with a wingtip, spun around, and hit a second car; one crewman in cars killed; one (LAC Harold Gilbert Keattch) slightly injured.

    PLEVEY, John Gilbert, AC1 - Killed 10 May 1935, at Mosul (Iraq) Musketry Range, serving in No.1 Armoured Car Company; vehicle struck by Wapiti J9853.

    YULE, Robert Abercromby, A/P/O - Killed 14 May 1935, probably in Tutor K2506. He had been posted to No.3 Flying Training School, Grantham, 2 April 1935. Elevator controls failed.

    TREVARTHEN, W., LAC - Killed or died 20 May 1935; buried Cairo; Air of Authority list.

    O’CONNOR, Hanstock Brendan John, F/O, RAFO - Killed 26 May 1935 - Air of Authority list.

    SUPPLE, J.H., F/O - Died 28 May 1935, of malaria, Makina. Air of Authority list.

    TAYLOR, Charles Robert, P/O - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    COPE, H.R., Corporal - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    FLEISIG, D.S., LAC - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    BRUNSDON, G., Corporal - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    CRAIG, A.W.F., AC1 - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    CARTER, L., AC2 - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    HENDERSON, D.F., Corporal - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    LUNT, J., AC1 - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    NEEVE, W.S., AC1 - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    PARRY, J.G., Corporal - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    PERCIVAL, H., AC2 - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    WILSON, T.V., LAC - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    WILTON, W.H., Corporal - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    TRAINOR, J.P., AC1 - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    GELDER, N., LAC - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    JONES, A.E., LAC - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    MILLER, R.J., LAC - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    PENDLEBURY, J., LAC - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    RATCLIFFE, J.C., AC1 - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    TAYLOR, C.E.S., Flight Sergeant - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    HARMAN, J.G., LAC - No.5 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    ARTHUR, J.A., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    BAILEY, F.J., AC1 - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    BOND, M.A.T., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    CRONK, A.G., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    CURTIS, R.A., AC1 - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    EASTON, G.E., Corporal - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    EVANS, S.W., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    FINCHAM, D.N., Sergeant - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    GRANT, H., Sergeant - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    HERRING, H.E.C., Corporal - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    McGILL, W., AC1 - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    NICKALLS, B., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    PENWARDEN, T.C., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    SEYMOUR, C.B., Corporal - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    VEREY, R.A., AC1 - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    CLAYDON, J.R., AC1 - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    KNOWLTON, H.G., Corporal - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    SCRAFTON, G.D., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    SOMERFORD, T.C., AC1 - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    SMITH, T.F., LAC - No.31 Squadron - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    LIVERMORE, T.W., Corporal - Aircraft Depot, No.3 Wing, India - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    COUSINS, R.C., Corporal - Aircraft Depot, No.3 Wing, India - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    SMITH, A.G., LAC - Aircraft Depot, No.3 Wing, India - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    CHITTY, A.H.C., AC1 - Aircraft Depot, No.3 Wing, India - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    HIGGINS, R., LAC - Aircraft Depot, No.3 Wing, India - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    ADEY, F.R., AC1 - Aircraft Depot, No.3 Wing, India - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    HALL, F.E., Corporal - Aircraft Depot, No.3 Wing, India - killed 31 May 1935 in Quetta earthquake.

    RAW, R., LAC - Killed or died, 2 June 1935 - buried Ma’asker Al Raschid Cemetery. “Air of Authority” listing.

    SMITH, Ronald Talbot, F/O - Killed 13 June 1935 in Johore Straits, Singapore, in Horsely S1601 of No.36 (Torpedo Bomber) Squadron; pilot and sole occupant in bombing practice.

    GOODWIN, J., rank ? - Killed or died 19 June 1935 - buried Cairo. Air of Authority list.

    SLOAN, James Pattison, P/O - Presumed drowned 23 June 1935

    O'CONNOR HANSTOCK, Brendan John, F/O, RAFO - Killed 26 June 1935 at Redhill in a Dragon Rapide; RAF to 1925; manager of aviation division, Anglo-American Oil.

    ASHTON, Norman Dorrington, P/O - killed 27 June 1935 near Selsey Bill, in Fury K3742 of No.43 Squadron; dived into sea during aerobatics.

    LUKE, Thomas Carlyon, S/L, MC, AFC - Died 1 July 1935

    NOAKES, G., rank ? - Killed or died, 10 July 1935 - buried in Cairo. Air of Authority list.

    GLYDE, James Benjamin Victor, F/O, retired - Died 11 July 1935

    TROWER, Stephen Herbert Gerard, F/O and Lieutenant, RN (retired), RAFO - Killed 17 July 1935 testing Fairey Fantome for Belgian buyers; possibly blacked out.

    O'REILLY, Gerald Vincent Morse, P/O - Killed 22 July 1935 at Donibristle in Vildebeest S1708 of No.22 Squadron; flew into the sea off Aberdour.

    HOPKINS, Alexander John, AC2 - Killed 22 July 1935 at Donibristle in Vildebeest S1708 of No.22 Squadron with P/O G.V.M. O’Reilly; flew into the sea off Aberdour, Scotland.

    MANSFIELD, John Grazebrook, F/O, RAFO - killed 22 July 1935 with two passengers when a Western Airways “Dragon” crashed in mud flat, Bristol Channel.

    OSBORNE, M.C., Corporal - Killed or died, 26 July 1935. Buried in Ma’asker Al Raschid Cemetery. “Air of Authority” listing.

    LAWN, John Frederick, F/O, RAFO - Killed 4 August 1935 at Reading Aerodrome in Demon K4502; a civil instructor and aerobatic pilot.

    NIMMO, Robert Louis, F/O, AAF - Killed 4 August 1935 in crash of Hawker Demon K4502; engine cut on take-off; crashed at Colindale Station, Middlesex (two killed).

    GILLMAN, Leonard Edward Moreland, F/L, retired - Died 16 August 1935

    THOMPSON, Albert Edward, F/L, retired - Died 20 August 1935

    MOULD, Gordon Edward, Sergeant Pilot Mould - 23 August 1935 in Nimrod aircraft K2825 of No.801 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron. Machine dived into sea during practice bombing, Christchurch Bay. Reported in Aeroplane, 18 September 1935. Lieutenant-Commander Guy Willoughby, RN (F/L, RAF) reported he was leading three aircraft of which Mould’s was the third. They dived from about 12,000 feet at 270 mph and released their bombs at about 1,500 feet over a fast armoured motor launch which acted as target. The witness said that having completed his dive he turned to see where bomb had fallen and saw Mould’s machine go straight into water. Verdict returned of “Dead by misadventure”, the jury adding, “This promising young man died while performing a hazardous but necessary duty.”

    EVERETT, Ernest Norman Victor, F/O, RAFO - Killed 26 August 1935

    CLARK, W., Corporal - Killed or died, 1 September 1935. Buried in Maala. Air of Authority list.

    HIRSH, Lawrence Pilkington, F/O, RAFO - killed near Gravesend, automobile accident, 3 September 1935

    BRERETON, George Whitlow, Sergeant - killed 5 September 1935 with No.5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron at Abbatabad, unloading bombs from Wapiti K2292.

    AYERS, Roland Albert, LAC - killed 5 September 1935 with No.5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron at Abbatabad, unloading bombs.

    SANDERS, Theodore Cecil, F/O - killed 26 September 1935 - passenger in aircraft flown by Dennehy; members of No.2 Armoured Car Company, Ramleh, Palestine, aircraft accident at Sarafand. Possibly Atlas K1011 which crashed at Abu Sueir this date, but Air of Authority says it was Tutor K3314 of No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir which spin into ground at Sarafand after stalling at top of a loop.

    DENNEHY, William Daniel, F/O - killed 26 September 1935 - pilot - see SANDERS

    WALKER, G.A., Sergeant - Killed or died 28 September 1935; buried Khartoum; Air of Authority list.

    VYVYAN, Sir Vyell, A/V/M, KCB, DSO (Ret) - Died 30 September 1935

    STEPHENSON John Rupert, P/O - Killed 1 October 1935 - Station Gosport. Killed at Stokes Bay in aircraft accident. Inquest held at Gosport, 4 October 1935. Details from Aeroplane, 9 October 1935. “P/O John Whillier said that he, F/L Wisher and the deceased officer were flying in formation at about 1,400 feet. The witness said that he came up on the right in an attempt to get into position and was watching the formation leader. He suddenly saw Stephenson’s machine dangerously near his top plane and to avoid it took a diving turn to the right. The top wing of his machine touched the airscrew of Stephenson’s machine and as he righted himself he saw then other machine gliding down. He added that he was watching the leader, whereas a more experienced pilot would have watched both machines. F/L Wisher said that the accident was probably due to Whillier approaching the formation from the wrong angle. There was nothing reckless or careless in what he had done. The coroner said that there was nothing to justify expression of blame and a verdict of Accidental Death was recorded.”

    GEORGESON, Haldane, P/O - killed 7 October 1935 - Bulldog K171 of No.23 or No.32 Squadron - accident at Calshot; lost a wing on recovery from a dive during ferry flight and crashed into sea..

    FRISBY, S.C.J., rank ? - Killed or died, 14 October 1935 - buried in Kranji Military Cemetery; Air of Authority listing.

    FISHER, Neville, P/O - killed 17 October 1935 - of Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, Bulldog K1693. Practicing aerobatics at Braucewell, lost control, baled out too low for parachute to deploy. “Evidence was taken that Mr. Fisher was a competent pilot. He learned to fly with the Cambridge University Air Squadron and had been at Cranwell for a few weeks. A bricklayer who saw the accident said that he first saw the machine at about 100 feet in a spin. He did not see the pilot jump. The body was found about 70 feet from the machine. A verdict of accidental death was returned.” (Aeroplane, 23 October 1935).

    BRETT, Edwin Aubrey, Acting Sergeant (564110) - No.9 Bomber Squadron - killed 21 October 1935 at Andover; “pilot and sole occupant of the machine”

    WINTER, Robert Harold, Flight Cadet - killed 22 October 1935 in a flying accident at Cranwell, Atlas K1478, stalled in a turn and spun; “pilot and sole occupant of the machine.”

    CROW, Cedrex Rex, F/O, RAFO - Killed 26 October 1935

    MAXTED, W., LAC - killed or died, 27 October 1935; buried at Ma’asker Al Raschid Cemetery. “Air of Authority” listing.

    ROSS, Alexander, F/O - Killed 9 November 1935 in Hart K4371, No.40 Squadron...“lost their lives as a result of a collision in the air between two aeroplanes of No.40 (Bomber) Squadron at Abingdon on Nov. 9. [1935). LAC Waugh was the passenger of the machine piloted by Flg Off Ross and Sergeant Park was the pilot and sole occupant of the second machine. An inquest was held at Abingdon on Nov.11 on the bodies of the crews of the two machines. F/L A.A. Jones said that they were flying back from Cardington with three news machines. On the return journey the three new machines, one piloted by Ross, were flying in front, and he gave the signal to break formation. He saw Ross climb to the right, but nothing else. Squadron Leader A.P. Ledger, who was standing on the aerodrome, said that he though Ross’s view might have been obscured by a wing in turning, so that he did not see Park’s machine. They had parachutes but were probably stunned by the force of the impact.” Aeroplane, 20 November 1935. Report in Flight stated that Sergeant Park was from Vancouver. Aircraft were on ferry flight.

    PARK, William, Sergeant (364933)- Killed 9 November 1935 in Fairey Gordon K2720 of No.40 Squadron. Collision during ferry flight. Canadian.

    W AUGH, John, LAC (510771) - Killed 9 November 1935 in Hart K4371, No.40 Squadron; ferry flight collision.

    POWELL, Bryan Colville Radclyffe, F/O, RAFO - Drowned 30 November 1935

    RAWLINS, Cyril Beaumont, MC, RAFO - Died 30 November 1935

    EVANS, Basil Linnington, A/P/O - killed 10 December 1935 “when the aeroplane piloted by him fell into the River Humber near Brough. He was the sole occupant of the machine.” No.3 Flying Training School, Grantham.

    LANDON, Joseph Herbert Arthur, G/C, DSO, OBE, retired - Died 8 December 1935

    EVANS, Basil Linnington, A/P/O - Killed 10 December 1935

    RAE, John Porteous, rank - Died or killed, 14 December 1935; buried Alexandria Military Cemetery; Air of Authority list.

    REED, A., LAC - Died or killed, 15 December 1935; buried Khartoum Military Cemetery; Air of Authority list.

    GASK, Vivian Desmond, F/O and Lieutenant, RN - Died 16 December 1935

    MEAD, Thomas, rank ? - Died or killed, 16 December 1935; buried Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery; Air of Authority list.

    WOODBYRNE, Cecil William, P/O - Died or killed, 23 December 1935; buried Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery; Air of Authority list.

    FRANCIS, Conrad Charles, F/O - Killed 29 December 1935, Fairey IIIF, serial J9827 of No.45 Squadron, accident near Nairobi; spun into ground during steep turn.

    BRYANT, Herbert James, Corporal (36565) - Killed 29 December 1935; Fairey IIIF, serial J9827 of No.45 Squadron, accident near Nairobi; spun into ground during steep turn.

    FAGAN, Henry Patrick Feltrim, F/L and Lieutenant, RARO - Killed 30 December 1935 (suicide). Member of No.216 Squadron, Kenya.

    UNKNOWN - killed 30 December 1935 in Avro Tutor K2496 of No.3 Flying Training School during navigation exercise to Brough; dived into Thames Estuary - Air of Authority list.

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    re: UNKNOWN - killed 30 December 1935 in Avro Tutor K2496 of No.3 Flying Training School during navigation exercise to Brough; dived into Thames Estuary - Air of Authority list.

    Wrong date see 10th Dec 1935 see: EVANS, Basil Linnington

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    Quetta earthquake. updates with more info and service numbers and additional names


    Flight greatly regrets to record the death, in the earthquake which took place at Quetta, India, last Friday, of a Royal
    Air Force Officer and a number of airmen. The squadrons at Quetta Aerodrome, where the casualties occurred, are Nos. 5
    and 31 (Army Co-operation), equipped with "Wapitis." His Majesty the King has sent a message to the Secretary of State for Air expressing his deep sympathy. Lord Londonderry
    and Sir Edward Ellington (Chief of Air Staff) have sent personal messages of sympathy to the A.O.C., Royal Air
    Force. India.
    The Air Ministry last week-end issued the following revised
    casualty list: —

    No. 5 Squadron: Killed.—Pilot Officer Charles Robert Taylor (from Hertfordshire), Corporal Harold Roiley Cope #505155 (from Cheshire), L.A.C. David Solomon Fleisig #512336 (from London), Corporal George Brunsdon #342873 (from Suffolk). AC. 1 Alexander William Francis Craig #560583 (from Bedfordshire ), AC. 2 Laurence Carter #516406 (from London), Corporal Donald Frederick Henderson #345445 (from Cornwall), AC. 1 Jack Lunt #564026 (from Yorks), AC. 1 Cyril William Sydney Neeve #513903 (from Sussex), Corporal Joseph Grey Parry #505293 (from Somerset), AC 2 Harold Percival #516437 (from London), L.A.C. Thomas Victor Wilson #513128 (from Cumberland) Corporal Walter Harold Wilton #365085 (from Hants ), AC 1 Joseph Albert Trainor #514364 (From Belfast) , L.A.C. Norman Gelder #511114 (from Cheshire), L.A.C. Oliver Edwin Jones #561772 (from Hull), L.A.C. Robert James Miller #563010 (from London), L.A.C. James Pendlebury #514398 (from Manchester), AC. 1 John Charles Ratcliffe #516541 (from Bolton), Flt. Sergt. Charles E. S. Taylor #313273 (from Kent), L.A.C. George James Harman #560280 (from Eastbourne).

    No. 31 Squadron: Killed- L.A.C. Joseph Albert Arthurs #507019 (from Staffs), A.C.1. Frederick James Bailey #511723 (from Norfolk), L.A.C Maurice Alfred Thomas Bond #512524 (from Surrey), L.A.C. Arthur Ginard Cronk #509130 (from London), A.C.1. Roland Arthur Curtis #514310 (from London), Corporal George Edward Easton #342252 (from Hants), , L.A.C. Stanley William Evans #513025 (from London), Sergeant Donald Nansen Hincham #346585 (from Middlesex), Sergeant Henry Grant #11838 (from Portsmouth), Corporal Hubert Raymond Charles Herring #560625 (from Herts) A.C.1. William McGill #512856 , (from Dumfriesshire) L.A.C. Bernard Nickalls #560363 (from Essex), L.A.C. Thomas Cuthbert Penwarden #560687 (from Devon), Corporal Charles Boswell Seymour #364291 (from Sussex) , A.C.I. Reginald Aubrey Verey #561655 (from Portsmouth), A.C.1 John Robert Claydon #561486 (from Essex). Corporal Henry George Knowlton #5187, L.A.C. George Dunn Scrafton #509309 (from Durham), A.C.1. Thomas Crouch Somerford #366193 (from London) , L.A.C. Thomas F. Smith #511473 (from Halifax)

    Aircraft Depot, attached No. 3 Wing: Killed.—Corporal Thomas William Livermore #508071 (from Norfolk)

    No. 3 Wing: Killed.—Sergeant Alfred Ayling #341212 (from Southampton), Corporal Reginald Charles Cousins #329364 (from Middlesex), L.A.C. Albert Oaklegh Smith #506217 (from Durham) A.C. 1 Albert Henry Charles Chitty #515248 (fom Birmingham) , L.A.C. Ronald Higgins #590183 (from Pontypool) A.C. 1 Frank Raymond Adey #514703 (from Middlesex).

    Missing.—Corporal Frank Edward Hall #560502 (from Berks.)

    "Eldest Child of Fl/Lt F D Biggs missing. Europeans (civil and military) 72 killed, 20 to 30 missing, 92 injured. Indians (3,000 killed, 1500 Injured).One Officer 43 Airmen. Diana daughter of Capatin H C Niles RAF Education Branch
    Additionally killed Flt. Sgt. Leslie Hubert Powell #240000 (from Cheltenham), Actg. Sgt. Alan George Carr #363968 (from Lincoln) who were initially injured



    Just lacking Flt. Sergt. Charles E. S. Taylor #313273 (from Kent),

    L.A.C. Thomas F. Smith #511473 (from Halifax)


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    Hugh

    A few odds and ends, which may be helpful:

    SMITH, Keith Noel - should be Kenneth Noel Smith? Died 14th April at Karachi, India. Source is the National Probate Calendar.

    KNIGHT, Ronald William Henry - the Gloucester Echo of April 17th 1935 reports that he died in a plane crash in West Africa, along with a Captain Arnault, a French official. Knight was an gent of the United African Company, and was flying to Agades. He was a member of Cambridge Air Squadron, and held a commission in the Air Force Reserve.
    His wife also died whilst searching for his plane, some six weeks later, along with a Mr Payton, her companion. Her rather gruesome death is reported in the Taunton Courier of June 5th 1935, amongst others. Knight had been recommended for the Jubilee Medal.

    SLOAN, James Pattison - the Lincolnshire Echo reports that he drowned age 23 whilst bathing in a pool at Culverthorpe Hall, the residence of Brigadier-General Adlercron.

    LUKE, Thomas Carlyon - died at the R.A.F. Hospital Halton, aged 43. Source is the National Probate Calendar. His death was announced in the Times of July 2nd 1935. He was credited with six aerial victories in the First World War with 66 and 209 Squadrons.

    EVERETT, Ernest Norman Victor - the Dundee Evening Telegraph of August 27th 1935 reports that "Two Britons and a wealthy Indian landowner were killed near Nellore, Madras Presidency, when their plane crashed after a wing had fallen off. The British dead are Mr. E. N. Everett (29), pilot instructor to the Madras Flying Club, and Mr. H. J. Carter (28), of the Imperial Tobacco Company, Madras. The Indian is Zemindar Copal Puram, a cousin of the Chief Minister of the Madras Government.
    Mr. Everett, who had seen service with the R.A.F. on the Indian Frontier, was well known as a stunt pilot. He held several cross-country flying records."


    CROW, Cedrex Rex - died at Bleasdale Moor, near Garstang - source is the National Probate Calendar.
    The Lancashire Post of October 28th reports that he died in "Railway Air Service de Havilland Dragon liner [which crashed] on Fairsnape Fell, Bleasdale." The crash claimed two lives: "Capt. Cedric [sic] Rex Crow (25), Quinniver, Henfield, Sussex, who was piloting the machine, and the only passenger, Ronald Swailes (22), bank clerk, Station Road, Port Erin, Isle of Man."
    The Dragon was DH.84 G-ADEE:
    http://aircrashsites.co.uk/air-crash...agon-g-adee-2/

    MAXTED, W - Wilfred Maxted, died at the R.A.F. General Hospital, Hinaidi, Iraq - source is the National Probate Calendar

    POWELL, Bryan Colville Radclyffe - "died on or since 30 November 1935 at sea" - source is the National Probate Calendar

    RAWLINS, Cyril Beaumont - the Yorkshire Evening Post of December 21st 1935 reports his death, aged 45, in Nova Scotia. The National Probate Calendar states that he died in the Halifax Infirmary.

    GASK, Vivian Desmond - the Western Gazette of December 27th 1935 reports that he died in Singapore of malaria.

    WOODBYRNE, Cecil William - the Western Daily press reports that he died "as the result of an accident near Nefisha, Egypt, to D.H.9.A. of No. 4 Flying training School, Abu Sueir on the 23rd Inst. Pilot Officer Cecil William Woodbyrne, the pilot of the aircraft, and No. 325865 A.C.1 Arthur Thomas Croom were seriously injured. Pilot Officer Woodbyrne died later in the day."

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    15/03/35 - SPOONER - Misrair - De Havilland D.H. 84 Dragon I (c/n.6031) SU-ABI. Crashed near El Arish, Egypt.
    17/07/35 - TROWER (Fairey Test Pilot) - Fairey Fantome G-ADIF. Crashed at Evere, Belgium.
    22/07/35 - MANSFIELD - De Havilland D.H. 84 Dragon 2 (c/n.6063) G-ACMP. Crashed on mudflats near Splott, Cardiff.
    24/10/35 - BRETT - No.9 Sqn. Vickers Virginia X K2673. Crashed on take-off, Andover.
    23/12/35 - WOODBYRNE - 4 FTS. De Havilland D.H.9A E8751. Flying low struck boat mast on Suez Canal, crashed on nose near Nefisha, Egypt. Burnt out, Cat.W.

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    Just lacking Flt. Sergt. Charles E. S. Taylor #313273 (from Kent),

    L.A.C. Thomas F. Smith #511473 (from Halifax)

    Update

    Flt. Sergt. Charles Ernest Samuel Taylor #313273 (from Kent), aged 34


    L.A.C. Thomas Fredrick Smith #511473 (from Halifax) aged 26



    David H Biggs Aged 4 Son F/Lt. Biggs. (Frank Dennis Biggs #26001 )
    Diana DM Biles aged 4 Daughter of Captain Biles, W.E.O.
    Captain Hubert Cecil Biles RAF Education Branch later #77082 (R of O) Reserve of Officers.

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