Category Archives: Aviation

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

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

Location

St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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

Extra

Notes: Casualties - 11 gas workers, the pilot and cabin attendant of the 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

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

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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

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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

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St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex, England

Brass plaque in St Lawrence’s Church, Bradfield, dedicated to Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning RN d. 1917

Location

St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex, England

Transcript

'This window and that opposite are to the Glory / of God and in memory of Squadron Commander / Edwin Harris Dunning DSC RN / He was the first officer to land an Aeroplane / successfully on the deck of a ship under way Aug 2nd 1917 / Subsequently killed August 7th 1917 / "He lovede chyvalrye / Trouthe and honour fredom and curtesie / he was a verray perfight gentil knight"'.

Details

Description: The inscription has a border of oak leaves and acorns. The Dunning arms are placed below it and the unofficial badge of HMS 'Furious' and a scene with an aircraft above.
Type: Brass plaque
Materials: Brass, black marble

People

Dunning, Edwin Harris
Age:
Date of Death: 7/8/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Squadron Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Parish church, Thaxted, Essex, England

Wall tablet in Parish church, Thaxted, Essex, dedicated to Flight Sub Lieutenant C. Raymond Walker Hodges RN d. 1917

Location

Parish church, Thaxted, Essex, England

Transcript

'Flight Sub Lieutenant C. Raymond Walker HODGES RN aged 19 1/2 years. Elder son of Major Charles E Walker HODGES R F A and of Louie C Walker Hodges shot down 10 miles East of DIXMUDE at 12, 000 feet up in a fight against heavy odds, after his flight of five had accounted for three out of a total of twenty six enemy machines on August 18th 1917 'A modest Hero loved by all''

Details

Description: Carved with the RAF eagle.
Type: Tablet
Position: Near tower
Materials: White stone

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Hodges, C. Raymond
Age: 19 1/2
Date of Death: 18/8/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Flight Sub Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St Andrew's Church, Weston under Lizard, Staffordshire, England

Wall monument in St Andrew’s Church, Weston under Lizard commemorating Commander Richard Bridgeman RN d.  1917

Location

St Andrew's Church, Weston under Lizard, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

TRANSLATED FROM THE WARFARE / OF THE WORLD TO THE PEACE OF GOD / COMM THE HON RICHARD O / B BRIDGEMAN: DSO RN: WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE: IN THE / GREAT WAR. WHEN FLYING OVER THE / RUFIGI RIVER: IN EAST AFRICA JAN 9 1917'

Details

Description: Relief of a ship in full sail flanked by pillars. Heraldic shields above the pillars and a crab and a pair of fish on either side below. Dove on top of round arch above the relief. Below the ship, the inscription, with a second relief of an aircraft at the bottom.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble, brass, enamel

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Bridgeman, Richard Orlando Beaconsfield
Age: 28
Date of Death: 9/1/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: An observer in seaplanes.
Recorder: H E Fransten, NADFAS