58 Operational Training Unit / 2 Tactical Evaluation Unit Roll of Honour

Dedicated to the memory of those who never got to fire their guns in anger.

Name & rank

Service No

Country

Date

Aircraft / location

 

Arnold, V.C. P/O.

J4253

RCAF

5-5-41

Master T8780 Falkirk, 3 miles N of, Stirlingshire.

Pupil pilot P/O Arnold was killed when the Master dived into the ground. His instructor, Sgt. Dunnmore, was dangerously injured. P/O. Arnold was 20 years old buried at Grangemouth Cemetery.

Barry Sgt.

   

8-4-43

Spitfire P8259 Airdrie Mains Farm, Slamannan, near, Stirlingshire.

His aircraft dived into the ground. The cause is unknown.

Bartlett S.W. Sgt.

405994

RAAF

5-5-43

Spitfire P8582 Dunbar,5 miles NE, off, East Lothian.

His aircraft dived into the sea while he was engaged in air to sea firing. He has no known grave, his name is recorded on the Runnymede Memorial. Age 19

Bohamil Sima CET Sgt.

787535

Czech

18-8-41

Spitfire N3099 Ballinluig, near, Perthshire.

While on Direction Finding homing practice, the aircraft spun out of cloud and crashed. Sgt. Sima was 25 years old, buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Brady R. Sgt.

1066638

RAF VR

5-9-41

Spitfire X4254 Auchterarder, near, Perthshire.

Descended through cloud to ascertain his position and crashed into high ground. Sgt. Brady’s body left the station (6-9-41) for a private burial at home at Moresby St. Bridgets’ churchyard, Cumberland. Age 21

Bushell K. Sgt.

R92018

RCAF

16-5-42

Spitfire P7675 Thornhill, Stirlingshire

Aircraft dived into the ground cause unknown. Sgt. Bushell aged 23 and was buried at Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Butler W.M. P/O

R10151

RCAF

18-6-42

Spitfire P8644 Bogside, Clackmannan-shire.

Killed while taking avoiding action against a possible collision. He dived steeply and as he tried to flatten out, a wing came off; his Spitfire crashed and was completely burnt out. Aged 21, and was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

De La Bastita H.J.P. P/O.

 

Belgium

29-1-43

Spitfire P8594 Greathill near, Stirlingshire.

A pupil pilot went missing, two days later the remains of his aircraft were discovered in a plantation near Greathill.

Domiter Z. Sgt.

781259

 

22-11-41

Master T8782 Alloa, South of, Clackmannan-shire.

Crashed while engaged on an instrument flying exercise with Kpl Szumsky E. According to an eyewitnesses statement the aircraft was about 500ft when it did a roll and dived steeply into the ground.

Duda G.M. Sgt.

R128862

RCAF

16-1-43

Spitfire X4614, Kings Seat Hill, Clackmannan-shire

Three Spitfires on a formation flying exercise collided into the hill in cloud. The sole survivor Sgt. V.P. Daly (Spitfire P8276), Sgt. Duda was an American serving with the R.C.A.F. Buried at Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Dunmore J.T. Sgt.      

74l448

RAF VR

17-5-41

Master T8780 Falkirk, 3 miles N of, Stirlingshire.

Died of injuries sustained 5-5-41 at Larbert Military Hospital, 07l5 hrs, aged 24. He was buried in Chiselhurst, The Annunciation, churchyard, Kent.

Ellsworth G.L. Sgt.

605368

RAF VR

14-11-42

Spitfire P8275 Thornhill, Stirlingshire.

Killed when his aircraft struck a tree low flying. Sgt. Ellsworth an American aged 24 was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Everiss C.G. P/O

41318

RNZAF

2-1–41

Spitfire P9497 Bannockburn, near, Stirlingshire

Spun into the ground at l72Ohrs. P/O Everiss was aged 26 buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Farren, E. B. Sgt.

R138527

RCAF

25-2-43

Spitfire R6968 Boagstown Farm, near, Stirlingshire.

On emerging from a small cloud (possibly a snow cloud) his aircraft was seen to in some form of difficulties and crashed in what looked like an attempted forced landing. Sgt. Farren, 24 was buried in Grangemouth Cemetery.

Gardiner R. Sgt.

932502

 

20-10-41

Spitfire R6760 Strathallan Army Camp, Perthshire.

Whilst carrying out low level forced landing practice and aerobatics, his aircraft was seen by witnesses to go into a shallow dive from which he did not recover. The body of the late Sgt. Gardiner left Grangemouth for a private burial at Waltham Cross.

Garware R.D. W/O.

1190419

RAF VR

22-12-43

Spitfire P8547? Sheerdale, Clackmannan-shire.

F/Sgt. Garware, an Indian Hindu was seriously injured and died of his injuries 24 hours later. Crashed in force landing into field. Leigh (St. Catherine) Churchyard Gloucestershire, aged 25

Greszyczak B. F/Lt.

   

28-8-41

Master T8581 Maddieston, lm S of, Stirlingshire.

Crashed whilst practicing dummy attacks on another Master, T8541. Flt. Greszyczack got into a spin, dived into the ground and the aircraft burst into flames.

Grick J. P/O

   

12-9-41

Spitfire X4928 Leuchars, off, Fife.

Went into a spin and crashed into the sea during air-to-air firing practice.

Hollis R.H.E. Sgt.

1331967

RAF VR

17-6-43

Spitfire ? Alloa, near, Clackmannan-shire

Two Spitfires P7978 and X4914 collided and crashed. The other pilot, P/O. Edwards baled out unhurt. Sgt Hollis is buried at Bexley Heath Cemetery Kent, age 19

Jagger R.H. P/O

61220

RAF VR

14-4-41

Spitfire K9935 Acklington Aerodrome, Northumberland.

Spun into the ground after returning to the aerodrome on completion of air to air firing. Buried in Tylers Green St. Margaret’s church yard Buckinghamshire

Johnston D.C. Sgt.

1186117

RAF VR

4-9-41

Spitfire R6780 Callander, close to River Teith, Perthshire.

Incorrectly performed a right-hand roll and crashed into the ground. Buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Jones J.M. F/Sgt.

1313908

RAF VR

29-12-43

Spitfire P8650 Tealing near, Angus.

Crashed after hitting some trees during low flying. Buried BWLCHYGROES INDEPENDENT CHAPELYARD,

Julian N.P.R. Sgt.      

81021

RCAF

16-12-41

Spitfire ?, Grangemouth Aerodrome, Stirlingshire.

Sgt. Julian was taking off from the aerodrome when Sgt. Kippan taxied onto the runway, where they collided. One of the aircraft was burnt out and the other overturned and was completely wrecked. Buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery

Kemp E.L. Sgt.

1321617

RAF VR

6-8-43

Martinet ?

The aircraft in which they were target towing crashed killing the crew. Lewisham (Hither Green) Cemetery London, age 21

Kippan L.D.R. Sgt.

79579

RCAF

17-12-41

Spitfire ?

Sgt. Kippan taxied onto the runway and into the path of a landing Spitfire flown by Sgt Julian. One of the aircraft was burnt out and the other overturned and was completely wrecked. Sgt. Kippan, aged 26 was seriously injured and died in hospital the following day. Buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Koch T. Kpl.

784761

 

15-5-41

Spitfire L1018?

Kpl. Koch collided with another aircraft while practicing a starboard echelon formation. The other aircraft made it back to Grangemouth successfully. Kpl./Sgt Koch,28 years old. Buried at Grangemouth Cemetery.

Leven D.G.P/O.

141710

RAF VR

14-6-43

Spitfire P8664 Moray Firth.

Collided with Whitley LA847, 19 OTU, during fighter affiliation exercise and dived into Spey Bay. He has no known grave, his name is recorded on the Runnymede memorial.

Lukomski E.T. Pohor. 

784481

Poland

24-11-41

Spitfire X4859? Avondale Estate, Grangemouth.

Sgt. Lukomski, while engaged in a flying formation exercise, broke formation prior to landing and was seen from the ground to enter a wisp of cloud, on coming out of the cloud he started spinning and had not sufficient height to recover. Two Batmen from Avondale (House?) Estate extricated the pilot from the aircraft; he was unconscious and died shortly after being admitted to Sick Quarters, Polmont. Sgt. Lukomski, aged 23 buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Mac.Donald W.M. P/O.

102146

RAF

28-8-41

Master T8581 Maddieston, lm S of, Stirlingshire.

Crashed whilst practicing dummy attacks on another Master, T8541.  The body of P/O Mac Donald left the station en-route for for a private burial at Bangor Cemetery County Down Northern Ireland age 20

Malkiewicz W.E. Ppor.

 

Poland

17-4-42

Spitfire ? Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

Spitfires R7073 and X4905 collided, ”one of the pilots was killed in the collision and the other was killed during an attempted forced landing.” P/O. Malkiewicz (24) was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Markham C.H. Sgt.

1428060

RAF VR

7-9-43

Spitfire N3035 Alva near, Clackmannan-shire.

Sgt. Markham was reported missing. A fortnight later the wreckage of his aircraft and his body was found “in the hills beyond” Alva. Age 22 Lincon (Newport) Cemetery Lincolnshire

Marshall A.L. LAC.  

1366468

RAF VR

6-8-43

Martinet ?

The target towing aircraft crashed killing the crew, LAC Marshall was the Drogue Towing Operator. Edinburgh (Warriston) Crematorium, age 30

Mc.Kie A.B. Sgt.

R72679

RCAF

11-11-41

Spitfire L1083 Loch Tay, vicinity of.

Missing, whilst engaged on a formation flying exercise, with another Spitfire piloted by Sgt. Argue, who landed at Kinloss refuelled and returned to Grangemouth. 14-12-41. The body of the late Sgt.Mc.Kie was discovered at Loch Tay and conveyed to Grangemouth. Sgt.Mc.Kie was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Minnick R.F. jnr. P/O.

J/5340

RCAF

1-8-41

Spitfire X4777

Collided with Spitfire R7026 flown by Sgt. Walton, dived into the ground and burnt out. The aircraft were carrying out a tail chasing exercise. Sgt. Walton’s aircraft made it back to Grangemouth safely. P/O Minnick was a US citizen, 22 years old serving with the RCAF. Buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Mosselmans H.L. F/O. 

150202

Netherlands

18-12-43

Spitfire R7144 Outh Muir, Kinross-shire.

Killed in a mid-air collision with another Spitfire (P9371 flown by F/Sgt. Smith RE. RCAF). F/O. Mosselmans’ aircraft dived into the ground, F/Sgt. R.E.Smith landed safely, damage assessed Cat.B.

F/O. Mosselmans, aged 19,was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Murphy E.D. Sgt.

1436657

RAF VR

18-3-43

Spitfire ? Letham Moss, Stirlingshire.

Collision between two Spitfires R669l & AR246. The other pilot was seriously injured. One aircraft was completely wrecked the other was damaged. Bebington (Plymyard) Cemetery Cheshire, age 18

O’Neill J.V. Sgt.

R135199

RCAF

17-2-43

Spitfire R6606 West Cairn Hill, Pentlands, Midlothian.

Aircraft crashed into hill, Sgt O’Neill an American aged 23 was serving with the R.C.A.F. was buried at Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery. Age 23

Ostoja-Slonski B. Szer.

782684

Poland

30-10-41

Spitfire X4251 Peeb1es, near, Peebles-shire.

Flew into hillside in bad weather, and burnt out. Sgt. Slonski was aged 22 was buried at Grangemouth Cemetery.

Peathy-Jones B.W.A. P/O.

   

26-4-42

Spitfire P9555 Airdrie near, Lanarkshire.

Crashed following a collision with P/O R.A. Watts aircraft (who brought his aircraft safely back to Grangemouth) P/P Peathy-Jones was buried at Eltham, his body left the station, 27-4-42.

Prerost Vaclav W/O

   

31-12-43

Master W8845 Dunnygask Farm, near Saline, Fife.

Crashed on ferry flight from Grangemouth to Balado Bridge, aircraft flew into rising ground. “RTM. LET V.ZAL”. W/O Prerost, aged 25 is buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Preston A.R. P/O.

 

RAF VR

1-7-41

Spitfire X4318 Cloon Hill, near Craighead Farm, Kinross-shire.

Flew into the hill in bad visibility at 0930 hrs. He was buried in South Benfleet St. Mary’s churchyard, Essex.

Pritchard F.A. Sgt.

1006760

RAF VR

10-4-41

Spitfire R6643

Posted as missing following a training flight. He has no grave and his name is inscribed on the Runnymede memorial, he was aged 19.

Reynolds H.G. Sgt.

 

RCAF

16-1-43

Spitfire AR254, Kings Seat Hill, Clackmannan-shire

Triple crash into the hill. The aircraft were on a formation flying exercise when they collided into the hill in cloud. The sole survivor Sgt. V.P. Daly flew Spitfire P8276. Sgt. Reynolds was buried at Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Ricketts R.J.P. Sgt.

420057

RAAF

10-6-43

Spitfire X424l Alloa,6m E, Clackmannan-shire.

Flew into a hillside at night. (This location is also quoted as being Maddie Moss, which contradicts X4904 17-10-41) Sgt. Ricketts aged 19,was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery

Ridgewell E.J. Sgt.

   

9-9-42

Spitfire X4557 Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.

Crashed following a mid-air collision between two Spitfires, the other aircraft, X4899, sustained damage to the prop. and engine

Samiec K Pchor.

780979

Poland

4-11-41

Spitfire X4991 Winchburgh, l 1/2m W of, East Lothian.

Whilst engaged in air to sea firing exercise (Sgt. Samiec) lost control of the aircraft in low cloud and conditions of bad visibility. Pchor Samiec aged 21 was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Samofal P/O.

   

26-11-42

Spitfire? Grangemouth, Stirlingshire

Died of injuries sustained when his aircraft developed a severe glycol leak, compelling him to make a forced landing, in the course of which his aircraft collided on the ground with an un-occupied Spitfire.

Siemienczuk T. Kpl.

   

17-4-42

Spitfire ? Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

Spitfires R7073 and X4905 collided, ”one of the pilots was killed in the collision and the other was killed during an attempted forced landing.” Sgt. Siemienczuk (26) was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Silvester J.T. Sgt.       

956162

 

14-2-41

Spitfire L1059 Hillhead Farm, Slamannan, near.

The aircraft having been seen to dive into the ground from a low height, whilst circling in misty weather in the hills. Accident occurred at 1050hrs.

Buried Ombersley St Andrew Church yard Worcestershire.

Sly R.R. P/O

403078

RAAF

17-10-41

Spitfire X4904 Maddy Moss, Ochils.

Reported missing from a section attack exercise between Leuchars and Cupar, at ll55hrs. P/O Sly, age 21,was found in his burnt out aircraft, 21-10-41. Buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Stokes F/Sgt.

   

29-6-43

Spitfire P9429 Grangemouth Aerodrome.

Sgt. Stokes took-off from the aerodrome in course pitch. The result was that the aircraft stalled and crashed just beyond the aerodrome perimeter and was completely burnt out.

Szot B.J. Kpl.

 

Poland

5-6-42

Spitfire ? Dunfermline, near, Fife.

Sgt. Szot collided and crashed with Sgt. Malec, who baled out successfully. Aircraft involved were P7776 & P8672.

Sgt. Szot age 22 was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Szumsky E. Kpl.

780964

 

22-11-41

Master T8782 Alloa, South of, Clackmannan-shire.

While engaged on an instrument flying exercise with Sgt. Domiter Z. and according to an eyewitness’s statement the aircraft was about 500ft when it did a roll and dived steeply into the ground. Kpl. Szumski is buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Taylor G.G. Sgt.

R60451

RCAF

26-9-41

Spitfire R6983 Bengengie Hill, near Alloa, Clackmannan-shire.

Missing since 26-9-41, the wreckage of Sgt. Taylor’s aircraft was found on the hillside 29-9-41. Sgt.Taylor was aged 20 was buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery.

Tucker D.T. P/O

 

RAAF

31-10-41

Spitfire P9320 missing.

Reported missing from low flying practice. Buried in Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery, Grangemouth, age 20.

Tyrrell F/O.

   

16-3-42

Spitfire X4911 Grangemouth Docks 3/4m off in Firth of Forth.

F/O Tyrrell was attached to Grangemouth from Montrose and is buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery.

Unknown

   

10-3-41

Spitfire X4647 Ben Ledi, Northern spur, Perthshire.

“A Spitfire which was being ferried from Northolt is missing. The aircraft was last seen in the vicinity of Loch Tay.12-3-41 wreck found, the aircraft is burnt out and temporally in an inaccessible position. No trace of the pilot could be found, but the snow around is clear of foot-prints 13-3-4l; the wreckage of the       Spitfire was reached and the body of the pilot found, and brought to Grangemouth for burial.”

Unknown

   

10-3-41

Spitfire L1002?

Master   T8634?

“A Spitfire and Master collided at approx. 1000ft., and crashed. Both pilots were killed.”

Weeden J. Sgt.

4l3054

RAAF

2-7-43

Spitfire P8694 West Haugh, Stirling near, Stirlingshire.

Sgt. Weeden age 21, was Buried at Grangemouth Cemetery.

Wilton F/Sgt.

   

18-10-43

Spitfire P8693 Kirriemuir, Angus.

The aircraft in which he was flying collided with a factory chimney, and crashed.

Other Graves at Grangemouth Grandsable cemetery

Bartlett W.H. Sgt.      

911410

RAF VR 

7-7-43

Lancaster ED548, 1/2m West of Kincardine Bridge, in Firth of Forth

Air Gunner aged 22, buried in Grangemouth      Cemetery. Serving with 12 Sqdn.

Baxter R.G.L Sqdn. Ldr

39846

RAF

7-7-43

Lancaster ED548, 1/2m West of Kincardine Bridge, in Firth of Forth

Pilot aged 27 buried Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery. (May or may not have been serving with 58OTU), 12 Sqdn

Evers J. ?

 

Netherlands

18-l2-43

 

“Koninkrijk der Netherlanden Vl.3E K MR TV” aged 24, buried in Grangemouth Cemetery. (May or may not have been serving with 2TEU)

Hoffman J.G. ?

 

Netherlands

8-12-43

 

“Korninkrijk der Nederlanded Off Zeewaarn 3E KL.K.MR.” aged 24,buried in Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery (May or may not have been serving with 2TEU)

Mc.Laughlin H.M. Sgt.

R92062

RCAF

29-l0-43

Typhoon ????

Sgt Mc.Laughlin aged 22 is buried at Grangemouth. He was serving with 186 Squadron.

I would welcome any comments or information, especially on the grey areas.

Wallace Shackleton November 2003.

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