Category Archives: Aviation

Edinburgh Airport, Midlothian, Scotland

Statue at Edinburgh Airport commemorating Captain Eric Melrose Brown RN d. 1918

Location

Edinburgh Airport, Midlothian, Scotland

Transcript

'Captain Eric 'Winkle' Melrose Brown /CBE, DSC, AFC, MA Hons. FReS, RN'

Details

Description: Full length statue, striding pose in 1930's flying kit.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 2018
Artists: David Annand

People

Brown, Eric Melrose
Age: 97
Date of Death: 2/7/2018
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Fleet Air Arm

Extra

Bibliography: 'Navy News' March 2019
Recorder: Patricia Barber

St Mary's Chapel, Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Plaque in St Mary’s Chapel, Buckler’s Hard, Hampshire commemorating Sir Francis Chichester d. 1972

Location

St Mary's Chapel, Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'GIPSY MOTH / SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER KBE / NAVIGATOR OF THE SKIES & SEAS / INSPIRER OF THE HEARTS OF MEN / 1901-1972 / [Round relief of yacht] 'BUCKLER'S HARD 1952-82. HOME PORT GIPSY MOTHS II, III, IV & V' [On scroll] THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS & OCCUPY THEIR BUSINESS IN GREAT WATERS / THESE MEN SEA THE WORKS OF THE LORD & HIS WONDERS IN THE DEEP'

Details

Description: A pair of dolphins carved at the top, and a relief of 'Gypsy Moth' in the centre.
Type: Plaque
Position: Interior
Materials: Oak
Vessel: Gipsy Moth

People

Chichester, Francis
Age: 70
Date of Death: 26/8/1972
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Yachtsman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Died of cancer in Plymouth.
Recorder: Patricia Barber 2019
Photographer: Patricia Barber

St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley, Cheshire, England

Gravestones at St John’s Church, Byley commemorating G.G. Reynolds RN and Commander L.B. Sharman RN, both killed in an air crash in 1946

Location

St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley, Cheshire, England

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Condor

People

Reynolds, G. G.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/2/1946
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Petty Officer Airman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Sharman, L.B.
Age: 37
Date of Death: 11/2/1946
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: 'Navy News' (January 1994) p. 23.

St Andrew's Church, Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England

Plaque at  St Andrew, Dowlish Wake commemorating Lieutenant John Huddy RNR d.1915 and Flight  Sub-Lieutenant Charles Huddy RN d. 1921

Location

St Andrew's Church, Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England

Transcript

'IN . LOVING . MEMORY . OF / JOHN . HUDDY . LIEUT . R . N . R . / WHO . LOST . HIS . LIFE . IN . H . M . S . BAYANO / TORPEDOED . 11TH . MARCH . 1915 / also of / EDWARD . HUDDY . 2ND . LIEUT / 12TH . GLOUCESTERSHIRE . REGT : KILLED . IN . ACTION / AT . THE . BATTLE . OF . THE . SOMME . 29TH . JULY . 1916 / also . of / CHARLES . HUDDY . FLIGHT . SUB-LIEUT . R . N. . / WHO . DIED . 29TH . JUNE . 1921 . AS . A . RESULT . OF . INJURIES / RECEIVED . IN . AEROPLANE . ACCIDENTS . 18TH . JUNE . 1916'

Details

Description: Plain brass plate with border of double lines, squares in corners.
Type: Brass
Vessel: HMS Bayano

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Huddy, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 11/3/1915
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Huddy, Charles
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/6/1921
Cause of Death: war casualty
Rank / Occupation: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Bayano', armed merchant auxiliary cruiser, sunk by 'U-27'.
Recorder: Norman Hammond

St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Memorial at St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth commemorating the  thirteen victims of the Wessex Helicopter disaster 1981

Location

St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Transcript

‘Rest in Peace / In Remembrance of the 13 Victims / of the Wessex Helicopter disaster. / Which crashed into the / North Sea off Happisburgh. / August 13th 1981 / Stephen P.G. Harvey / Aged 28 / Barry Waland / Aged 38 / Gordon Errington / Aged 38 / Brian Nalton / Aged 29 / Ian Cullen / Aged 39 / Adrian Amis / Aged 37 / Bob Phillips / Aged 41 / Captain Basil Breach / Aged 51 / Jim Faircloth / Aged 37 / Anthony Green / Aged 31 / Peter Lawrence / Aged 57 / Thomas Smith / Aged 27 / Douglas Browne / Aged 36’

Details

Description: Rectangular, grey granite.
Type: Memorial
Date Erected: 13 August 2014

Extra

Notes: Casualties - 11 Amoco gas workers, the pilot, Captain Ben Breach, and cabin attendant, Adrian Amis, of the Westland Wessex helicopter.

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Memorial at Denham, Buckinghamshire commemorating Arthur James Tillard, Fleet Air Arm d. 1941,

Location

St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Transcript

'IN . BELOVED . MEMORY . OF / LIEUTENANT . COMMANDER / ARTHUR . JAMES . TILLARD / ROYAL . NAVY . FLEET . AIR . ARM / WHO . GAVE . HIS . LIFE . FOR . HIS . COUNTRY / 8TH JULY . 1941 / DOROTHY . VERA . TILLARD / 6TH AUGUST . 1905 . 16TH . MARCH . 1976.'

Details

Description: A rectangular alabaster tablet with a moulded edge. In the left corner is a shield : argent on a pale per pale danzettée point in point gules and azure between two mascles sable (Tillard).
Type: Wall table
Position: Interior
Materials: Alabaster

Event

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Tillard, Arthur James
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 8/7/1941
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

Extra

Recorder: NADFAS

Christian cemetery, Manama, Bahrain, Rest of the World

Memorial in the Christian cemetery, Manama, Bahrain commemorating Lieutenant Peter Heinemann RN d. 1931

Location

Christian cemetery, Manama, Bahrain, Rest of the World

Details

Vessel: HMS Emerald

People

Heinemann, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 21/12/1931
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN. Naval pilot
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Killed during demonstration of naval gunnery when his plane crashed.
Bibliography: Kevin Patience 'An unusual Royal Humane Society Award', 'Journal Orders and Medals Research Society' vol. 30, pp. 137-138 (Summer 1991).

St James's Church, Southwick, Hampshire, England

Plaque in St James’s Church, Southwick, Hampshire, dedicated to Lieutenant David Mudford RN d. 1950

Location

St James's Church, Southwick, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'IN PROUD MEMORY OF / LIEUTENANT DAVID MUDFORD / ROYAL NAVY FIGHTER PILOT / WHO GAVE HIS LIFE ON MAY 24TH 1950 / AGED 23 YEARS / If I take the wings of the morning / and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea / even there shall thy hand lead me / and thy right hand shall hold me'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Nave
Materials: Brass

People

Mudford, David
Age: 23
Date of Death: 24/5/1950
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

St Mary's Church, Ide Hill, Kent, England

Memorial stone at St Mary’s Church, Ide Hill, Kent, commemorating Sub Lieutenant Cyril Jewell, RNAS d. 1918

Location

St Mary's Church, Ide Hill, Kent, England

Transcript

'Here rests / CYRIL JEWELL / Sub Lieut: RNAS. / of HENDON / Born 1899 / Accidently killed whilst flying / Feb 8th 1918'

Details

Position: North west corner of graveyard
Materials: Marble

People

Jewell, Cyril
Age: c.19 years
Date of Death: 8/2/1918
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Sub Lieutenant RNAS
Organisation: Royal Naval Air Service

Extra

Recorder: Mrs J. Quarmby

St Julian's Church, Kingston Buci, Kent, England

Memorial tablet in St Julian’s Church, Kingston Buci, Kent commemorating Lieutenant T F Turner, RN d. 1922

Location

St Julian's Church, Kingston Buci, Kent, England

Transcript

'Lieut T.F. Turner R.N., accidentally killed, H.M.S. Tomahawk 27 Nov 1922'

Details

Type: Tablet
Vessel: HMS ‘Tomahawk'

People

Turner, T. F.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 27/11/1922
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1972