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    Default RAF fatalities 1936

    24/02/1936

    365171 LAC Herbert Stanley Brown (Age 27) Struck and killed by Aircraft propeller (no further details recorded) Burial location NK.

    Serving with No 11FTS, RAF Wittering

    23/10/1936

    A/P/O William Dycer Coppinger (Age 22) Whilst flying in a Hawker Audax (K3072) he was involved in mid-air collision over Peterborough with a Hawker Hart of No 7 FTS. Both pilot were killed. Burial location NK but the deceased originated from Alberta, Canada

    Serving with No 11 FTS RAF Wittering

    The other aircraft involved was Hawker Hart (K3128) The Pilot of this aircraft was A/P/O P.J.S. Shaughnessy (burial location NK) He was serving with No 7FTS, RAF Peterborough

    The accident occurred when one of the two aircraft hit the tail of the other, whilst they were trying to fly in formation

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    Charles Robert DAVIDSON MC

    Sqn Ldr Davidson C R Charles Robert MC psa Killed 21 May 36

    Squadron Leader 10 March 1931

    Died: 21 May 1936

    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/204840

    Mignet HM.14 Pou du Ceil (Flying Flea) G-AEBS

    "First registered [C of R 6688] on 4.2.36 as G-AEBS to Squadron Leader Charles Robert Davidson, MC [who also built this particular Flying Flea]. No C of A issued.

    Written off (destroyed) 21.5.39: Davidson was killed at RAF Digby, Scopwick Heath, Lincolnshire, when he crashed in the Mignet HM.14 "Flying Flea" aircraft G-AEBS that he had built himself in the air station workshops."

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    Hello

    365171 LAC Herbert Stanley Brown - his death certificate is on a family tree on ancestry.co.uk. It records that he died due to a fractured skull, the result of being struck by a revolving propeller of a service aircraft whilst on duty at 11 Flying Training School, RAF Wittering. He was buried in Devon.
    The inquest into the accident was reported in the Western Morning Times of February 27th 1936, which gives his home address as 4, Westbourne Road, Peverall, Plymouth. He had been in the R.A.F. since a boy, and was a fitter, training to become an air gunner. The accident occurred at approximately 1.50 p.m., and Brown was adjusting his gauntlets before a flight, bent down to pick up his parachute, and walked forward in a bending position towards the aircraft when he was struck by the propeller, seemingly preoccupied with his gauntlets and parachute.

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    28 Oct 1936 Sqn Ldr


    28 Oct 1936 Sqn Ldr GILBERT MARTYN,

    He had been serving in the Directorate of Operations and
    Intelligence until shortly before he died, cause unknown.

    Died at Princess Mary RAF Hospital Halton

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    Hello

    I came across this report from The Times, June 16th 1936:

    R.A.F. Crash in the Sudan
    Four Lives Lost
    The Air Ministry announced that two R.A.F. Officers and two other ranks were killed on Sunday [June 14th] when an aeroplane - apparently a twin engined troop-carrier - crashed in the Sudan.
    The disaster occurred 25 miles south-east of Adarama (on the River Atbara). The names of the dead are:-
    Squadron Leader William Catchpole, A.F.C.
    Flight Lieutenant Robert Todd
    335665 Sergeant Ernest Alfred Whetter, and
    565183 Aircraftman William Marlow.
    Our Cairo Correspondent telegraphs:-
    The aeroplane crashed while taking a relief party to another machine which had made a forced landing in the desert. A ground party, which was following, found the wreckage of Squadron Leader Catchpole's machine.
    Squadron Leader Catchpole, who was promoted to that rank last January, began his service as a boy artificer in the Navy in 1909 and was commissioned in the Royal Naval Air Service in April, 1917. He served with naval airships at Pembroke and East Fortune, and in November, 1918, was awarded the Air Force Cross for valuable flying services. He served in India in 1921-1925, and for two years before his promotion to squadron leader had been on administrative duties at Cranwell. He leaves a widow and two children.
    Flight Lieutenant Todd was formerly stationed at Bircham Newton with No.1 (Bomber) Group. He was posted for engineering duties.
    This is the third R.A.F. accident this year involving the loss of lives. The first was on April 16, when a machine crashed into a hangar at Peterborough, and the second on May 23, when two aeroplanes collided over the Straits of Malacca, near Singapore.


    From this site: http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm the aircaft involved in this accident was Vincent K4669 of 4 Aircraft Park, Atbara.

    I'd like to know the Service Number for F/Lt. Todd, if anyone can help?

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    Last edited by wwrsimon; 25th January 2021 at 10:16. Reason: typo
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    Extrapolation is what you need there are few obvious gaps but I would very strongly suggest it was 28060
    Air Ministry,
    26th April, 1929.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Pilot Officers on
    probation with effect from and with seniority
    of 13th Apr. 1929:—
    Edmund Hamon BELLAIRS. 28032 ->LG
    Hugh .Robertson BLACK. 28033 ->LG
    Edward Lugard BRACKENBURY. 28034 ->LG
    Walter Kingsley BRETT. 28035 -> AIR 76/53/172
    Eric Harold COLEMAN. 28036 ->LG
    Edward Everard ELLISON. 28037 - AIR 76/150/182
    Ronald ELLISON. 28038 AIR 76/150/194
    Geoffrey FARNHILL. 28039 ->LG
    Guy Desmond FLEMING. 28040 -> LG
    George Michael GILLAN. -28041 > AIR 76/182/144
    Samuel Robert HALL. 28042 > Pilot Officer on probation Samuel Robert HALL resigns his short service commission. 24th Dec. 1929
    Kenneth Duke KNOCKER. 28043 ->LG
    John Eric LOVERSEED. -> 28044 AIR 76/308/26 Flying Officer John Eric LOVERSEED is removed from the Service. 23rd Dec. 1937
    William Mary Laurence MACDONALD. 28045 ->LG
    Louis McHARDY. 28046
    Gerald Lewis Score MARSH. 28047 The short service commissions of the undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are terminated -on cessation of duty: ? Gerald Lewis Score MARSH. 31st Dec. 1929
    William Robert Abercrombie MATHESON. -> 28065 -LG Out of Sequence Number but in range of Cohort
    Peter Rodriguez MAY. 28048 -> LG
    Eric Jack Kennedy MEGAW. 28049 -> AIR 76/343/175
    Denis Arthur MESSITER. 28050 -> LG
    Vivian Bryce MYERS. 28051 -> AIR 76/366/218
    Lionel Frank Hastings ORR. 28052 -> AIR 76/382/148
    Maxwell Edmund Massy PERKINS. 28053 -> LG
    George Walter PHILLIPS. -> 28054 -> LG
    Moray Vibart RIDGEWAY -> 28055 -> LG
    Francis Noel Desmond SCALLY. 28056 -> The short service commission of Pilot Officer on probation Francis Noel Desmond SCALLY is terminated on cessation of duty. 23rd July 1929
    Noel Christie SINGER. 28057 -> LG
    Henry Charles SINGLETON. 28058 -> Killed 26 October 1931 after collision with another Atlas (K1017) 13 Sqn RAF https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/2099
    Albert Edmund SMITH. 28064 (Dec 1939 AFL) Out of Sequence Number but in range of Cohort
    Robert SMITH. -> 28059 -> LG
    Robert TODD. -> 28060 -> Killed 14.6.36 Vincent K4669,
    Michael WATSON. -> 28061 -> LG
    Frank WHITTINGHAM. 28062 -> The undermentioned relinquish their commissions on appointment to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy on the dates stated:— 30th May 1938
    David Harry Gadsdon WOOD 28063 ->killed 24.4.31 Bristol Fighter, 20 Sqn, Peshawar

    Additionally
    Walter Edmund Merrick SLOCOCK is granted a short service commission as a Pilot Officer on probation with effect from 14th Apr. 1929, and with seniority of 13th Apr. 1929. 28066 ->LG


    then George Frederick HUMPHRIES is granted a short service commission as a Pilot Officer on probation with effect from and with seniority of 1st May 1929 -> 28067 -> LG


    Then

    The undermentioned are granted short
    service commissions as Pilot Officers for four
    years on the active list with effect from and
    with seniority of 22nd May 1929: —
    Reginald Richmond FRITH. 28068
    James Murray WELLS. 28069
    George Edward SAMPSON. -> 28070 LG
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 26th January 2021 at 11:48.

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    Thanks Paul, much appreciated.

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