On 24th October, 1922, Pilot Officer Matthew Charles Hayter became the first of roughly half a dozen members of No.24 squadron to be killed in flying accidents during the squadron's long stay at Kenley, between 1920 and 1927.
On 23rd November, 1937, Pilot Officers Keith Victor Keen and Montague Percival Richards, of 17 squadron were killed when their Gloster Gauntlets (K5344 and K5348) collided at 6.45pm near Old Coulsdon. They were carrying out a night railway signals detection duty.
On 30th September 1931, the tricky Bristol Bulldog claimed a life when No.23 squadron's Pilot Officer Noel Arthur Ireland failed to recover from a spin while practicing aerobatics.
Peter Frank Kennard-Davis initially joined the Royal Navy, but thereafter joined the RAF on a short service commission in May 1939.
On 20th July, 1927, Pilot Officer Richard Griffith Pace of 32 squadron, Kenley, became the first pilot to lose his life at Holbeach ranges, The Wash, Lincolnshire, when his Gloster Gamecock (J7907) crashed during target practice. He was only 22 years old.
Platoon Commander William Battle, of the 58th Surrey (Purley) Battalion, was killed by shrapnel at Kenley Waterworks, during the first wave of attacks on RAF Kenley on the 18th August, 1940.
Husband of E. Hobson, of 101, Pitsmoor Rd., Pitsmoor, Sheffield.
On 5th July 1942, No.611 squadron, stationed at Kenley, lost Sergeant Pilot Alexander James Proctor Walton and Warrant Officer Victor Cecil Mayo Wheeler, when Miles Magister Mk.I (L8130), stalled during low level aerobatics and crashed at Woldingham.
Arthur Dumbell Smith was a long-standing member of No.66 Squadron. He hailed from Forest Gate, London, and was born on 3rd April 1918, the son of Charles H. Smith and Constance Isabel Dumbell.
Eric met his end in a flying accident, on 16th May, 1941, while serving with No.258 Squadron at Kenley. His Hurricane Mk.II, Z2589, dived into the ground near Lingfield, Surrey.
John Holt Dickinson was born in Bolton on 1 March, 1919. His parents, Norman and Mary Dickinson moved to Southport, where John attended King George V School.
Marmaduke Ridley was the son of M. Ridley and Isabel Ridley (nee Brown), of Benwell, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
SGT. OWEN MICHAEL JENKINS R.A.F.V.R. of 615 Squadron, Kenley, was shot down over Calais flying Hurricane I, V6980, Code: KW-U.
On 18th August, the "Hardest Day", Peter was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf109 of Fighter Geschwader 3, near Kenley at 1.23pm. It was only his eighth sortie. Tragically, in apparently trying to avoid some houses, his Hurricane Mk.I (P2768) crashed onto Morden Park Golf Course and he was killed.
Son of William Allen Fenemore and Gertrude Fenemore, of Whitewell, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Wilfred was born circa 1898. His parents were Robert and Jane Gibson, of Easington Lane, Hetton-Le-Hole and he had one sister, Margaret.
At the time of the Battle of Britain, William Burley Higgins was older than most fighter pilots having been born at Sherwood Cottage in Belph, part of the Welbeck Abbey estate in Derbyshire, in September 1913.
On 13th February 1930, Sergeant Cecil Alfred Arthur Fell of No.32 (Fighter) squadron, Kenley, was killed in a flying accident, having jumped from his Armstrong Whitworth Siskin (J9191?) when the controls became jammed.
SERGEANT PILOT CHARLES JAMES SQUIBB of 602 squadron RAFVR, was the son of John William J. and Sarah Squibb; husband of Iris Maude Squibb, of Bedfont, Middlesex.
Sergeant Edward Brayley was the son of Alfred (a motor engineer) and Sarah Brayley, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He had an older brother, Clifford and a younger sister Margaret.
Edward was from East Dulwich and learnt to fly at the London Transport Flying Club, joining the RAFVR in early 1939. He was shot down on 7th September 1940.
Edward James Hindley was the son of Harry and Dorothy M Hindley of Oldbury, Birmingham. His sacrifice is commemorated on Panel 85 of the Runnymede Memorial.
On 11th March 1940, No.3 squadron Hurricane Mk.I's were scheduled to take part in an army co-operation exercise with the Westland Lysanders of 16 squadron.