MEMORIAL ROLL 
TO ALL COMMANDING OFFICERS KILLED OR MISSING 1939-1945
 

List of all Fleet Air Arm 
Commanding Officers 1939-1945

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L
M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W

- X - Y - Z

 

MEMORIAL LIST

Commander:              Nationality    Date killed       Command at time of death
 

LCB Ashburner RN 

British 

Died 19.11.1941

Killed 7 days after taking up command of 834 sqdn. Died at Royal Naval Hospital Haslar 

 

RS Baker-Falkner RN 

Canadian 

Lost 18.7.1944

FTR whilst in command No 8 TBR Wing (827, 830sqdns), NW Norway after Tirpitz strike (HMS Formidable)

 

RA Bird RN 

British

Died 10.4.1946 

Died HMS Gannet during FAA duties 

 

RA Brabner MP, RNVR 

British

Died 27.3.1945 

No known grave

 

EM Britton RN 

British

Died 21.6.1946 

Died HMS Falcon, Malta 

 

DG Brooker RNVR 

British

Died  20.3.1945 

Killed HMS Colossus, in command 1846 sqdn which disbanded soon after

 

JB Buckley RN 

British

POW 28.5.1940 
Killed 21.3.1943 

FTR in command 825 sqdn. Taken POW. Escaped but died escaping escaping from Germany to Sweden 

 

RJ Cork RN 

British

Died  14.4.1944 

In command 15th Naval Fighter Wing (1830,1831,1833 sqdns) Killed in air accident China Bay, Ceylon (HMS Illustrious) 

 

DRB Cosh RCNVR 

Canadian 

Died 24.6.1944 

In command of 881 sqdn when killed HMCS Niobe, Northumberland

 

DPZ Cox RN 

British

Died 15.11.1942

Killed when HMS Avenger sunk 

 

NGR Crawford RN 

British

Died 17.1.1941 

Died HMS Goshawk 

 

J Dalyell-Stead RN 

British

Died 28.3.1941. 

Whilst in command of 829 sqdn, shot down and killed in successful attack on Italian Battleship Vittorio Veneto, Battle of Matapan (HMS Formidable) 

 

JB Edmundson RN 

British

Died 20.4.1945 

Killed whilst in command 1836 sqdn, Far East 
(HMS Victorious)

 

HM Ellis RN 

British

Died  6.3.1945 

Whilst in command 1771 sqdn - died on escort carrier HMS Pretoria in Scotland 

 

EK Esmonde RN 

Irish

Died 12.2.1942

Killed whilst in command 825 sqdn. Led strike against German Fleet led by German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the English Channel. Shot down and killed. Awarded VC 

 

GED Finch-Noyes RN 

British

Died 13.6.1940 

Killed whilst in command 800 sqdn during attack on German battleship Scharnhorst at Trondheim (HMS Ark Royal). Buried Trondheim

 

FK Fogarty RAN

Australian 

Died 25.9.1940

Killed whilst in command and operating from No. 9 sqdn RAAF on HMAS Australia.

 

KL Ford RM 

Canadian

Died 19.12.1941 

Killed on FAA duties. Buried Heanton Punchardon, Devon, UK 

 

FC Furlong RNVR 

British

Died 13.9.1944 

Killed on FAA duties. Buried Marston, Northants, UK 

 

MS Godson RN 

British

Died 12.5.1945

Killed whilst in command 1844 sqdn during attacks on the Sakishima Gunto islands and Formosa (HMS Indomitable) 

 

EA Greenwood RN 

British

Died 18.12.1941

Killed whilst on FAA duties at Malta

 

A Gregory RN 

British

Died 12.3.1943 

Killed whilst in command 828 sqdn, Sicily. Buried Catania, Sicily.

 

 AF Hall RN 

British

Died 28.2.1944

Killed in hurricane of 781 Communictions sqdn, in an accident when he flew into the ground during a heavy snowstorm, near Wooler. Buried Biddestone, Wiltshire, UK 

 

JV Hartley RN 

British

Died 8.11.1942 

Killed HMS Furious 

 

 PH Havers RN 

British

Died 27.3.1943

Killed when HMS Dasher blew up in the Clyde

 

PN Humphreys RN 

British

Died 26.11.1943

Killed, HMS Daedalus. Buried Maidstone, Kent 

 

C Hutchinson RN 

British

Died  7.2.1943

Killed whilst in command 813 sqdn, HMS Cormorant 

 

RL Johnston RN 

British

Died 12.8.1942 

Killed whilst in command of 806 sqdn, during enemy attacks on HMS Indomitable in Operation Pedestal to Malta

 

FEC Judd RN 

British

Died 12.8.1942 

Killed in command 880  sqdn during enemy attacks on HMS Indomitable in Operation Pedestal to Malta

 

DE Langmore RN 

British

Died 18.12.1941 

Killed whilst in command 828 sqdn in Malta

 

WP Lucy RN 

British

Died 14.5.1940 

Killed whilst in command 803 sqdn when aircraft blew up whilst attacking He111 (HMS Ark Royal)

 

WJ Mainprice RN 

British

Died 29.1.1945

Shot down and killed leading 854 sqdn in Operation Meridian, oil refinery targets at Palembang

 

C Malins RNVR 

British

Died 30.5.1945 

Killed whilst in command 1851 sqdn in his corsair whilst on dummy strafing attack on HMS Venerable in the Red Sea

 

WHC Manson RM 

British

Died 9.4.1942

Killed whilst in command 882 sqdn. Buried Longside, Aberdeenshire, UK 

 

JF Marmont RN 

British

Died 8.6.1940

Killed whilst in command 802 sqdn when HMS Glorious sunk by the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, 8.6.1940. In total 1500 officers and men lost. 

 

DJ McDonald RN 

British

Died 30.5.1945 

Killed whilst commanding 1851 sqdn, HMS Vulture, 30.5.1945 

 

 H Muir-MacKenzie RN 

British

Died 18.6.1947

Killed in FAAduties 18.6.1947. Buried Dale, Pembrokeshire, UK 

 

JGA Nares RN 

British

Died 8.11.1942 

Killed whilst in command 822 sqdn during attacks on enemy aircarft on the ground, shot down and lost North Africa (HMS Furious)

 

D Norcock RN 

British

Died  2.1.1945 

Killed whilst in command 815 sqdn. Buried Arklestone, Renfrewshire, UK

 

RM Norris RNVR 

British

Died 7.7.1945 

Killed whilst in command 896 sqdn (HMS Ameer) 

 

RB Pearson RN 

British

Died 19.7.1946

Killed on FAA duties and buried Durrington, Wilts, UK 

 

FAJ Pennington RNZNVR 

New Zealand

Died 4.4.1944 

Killed when in command 889 sqdn, Colombo Racecourse (HMS Bherunda)

 

AJP Plugge RN 

British

Died 23.2.1942 

Killed in command 832 sqdn  when searching for enemy naval units in bad weather off Norway (HMS Victorious)

 

PF Pryor RN 

British

Died  7.8.1944 

Killed on FAA duties and buried Charing, Kent, UK 

 

AR Richardson RNZNVR 

New Zealand

Died 24.8.1944

Killed whilst in command 1840 hellcat sqdn during attack on Tirpitz, aircraft hit by flak and fire from Tirpitz and blew up (HMS Indefatigable)

 

 AJ Sewel RNVR 

British

Died 10.1943 

Killed whilst in command 1837 corsair sqdn in USA. Whilst formation flying wingman collided with him, both killed

 

NRM Skene RM 

British

Died15.11.1942

Killed in HMS Avenger when sunk by torpedo fired by U-155

 

RW Slater RN 

British

Died 28.6.1944 

Killed whilst in command 836 sqdn at Maydown

 

CWB Smith RN 

British

Died 5.3.1942 K

Killed whilst in command 826 and 821 sqdn, Western Desert. Buried El Alamein, Egypt 

 

RCB Stallard-Penoyre RN 

British

Died 27.3.1943

Killed whilst in command 816 sqdn when HMS Dasher blew up in the Clyde. Buried Ardrossan,
Ayrshire, UK

 

CJT Stephens RN 

British

Died 8.6.1940 

Killed whilst in command 823 sqdn when HMS Glorious sunk by German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, off Norway

 

PG Sugden RN 

British

Died 16.5.1943

Killed, HMS Landrail, and buried Cambo, Fifeshire, UK 

 

PGO Sydney-Turner RN 

British

Died 7.11.1947

Killed 7.11.1947, HMS Peregrine. Buried Southampton, Hampshire, UK 

 

EW Taylour RN 

British

Died 13.9.1942. 

Killed whilst in command 802 sqdn during PQ18 Convoy to Russia (HMS Avenger)

 

RC Tillard RN 

British

Died 8.5.1941 

Shot down and killed in command 808 sqdn during escort of convoy to Alexandria. Involved in dogfight with Fiat CR42s and shot down, killing him and observer, Lt MF Somerville, son of
Vice-Admiral Sir James Somerville, Commander of the Mediterranean Force H (HMS Ark Royal)

 

CC Tomkinson RNVR 

British

Died 26.3.1945 

Killed whilst in command of 1836 sqdn, Far East (HMS Victorious) 

 

HER Torin RN 

British

Died 30.9.1942

Killed. HMS Jackdaw. Buried Wellshill, Perth, UK 

 

WE Waters RN 

British

Died 13.1.1943

Drowned near HMS Illustrious, Indian Ocean. Buried Mbaraki, Mombasa, Kenya.

 

CF Wheatley RNVR 

British

Died 20.6.1945

Killed whilst in command 808 sqdn  (HMS Ameer). Buried at Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia 

 

RL Williamson RN 

British

Died12.10.1942

Killed whilst in command of 841 sqdn

 

JM Wintour RN 

British

 Died 8.11.1940

Shot down by enemy aircraft and killed whilst in command 802 sqdn,, HMS Audacity 

 

RR Wood RN 

British

Died 25.3.1941

Killed, HMS Grebe 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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