Acting Pilot Officer Frank Stiven
On 18th April 1939, Flight Lieutenant Dennis Collins and Acting Pilot Officer Frank Stiven of No.3 squadron, R.A.F. Kenley, lost their lives when Stiven (flying Gloster Gladiator K7962) collided with Collins (flying Gloster Gladiator K8023) while trying to get into formation during a night flying exercise.
Acting Pilot Officer Stiven enlisted in 1938. He was from Beckenham and had enjoyed some success as a boxer during his time at Clare House School. He went on to represent the RAF in boxing and won a trophy in the lightweight division.
A newspaper article about this incident is included with the entry for Flight Lieutenant Collins. See link below..
Stiven was buried with full military honours at St. Luke’s, Bromley Common.
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.