John Raymond Baldock, Pilot Officer, 4087075, Royal Air Force. John was born on 4 January 1932 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and was serving at RAF Pembrey with 233 OCU. He was killed when he crashed his Vampire jet, Serial VZ106, into Fan Hir, in the Black Mountains on 9 October 1953. John was just 21 years old, and is buried at Pembrey.
Spencer Rhys Bevan-John, Pilot Officer, 81933, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Spencer was the Son of Rhys Bevan John, B.A., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. and Katharine Bevan John, of Pembrey. He was a Scholar of Brasenose College, Oxford, when he volunteered into the RAFVR, and trained as a Pilot. Spencer was posted to 53 Squadron, which flew the Bristol Blenheim IV, based at Thorney Island. Soon after the outbreak of war 53 Squadron moved to France to undertake strategic reconnaissance duties. The Squadron returned to the UK in May 1940 to fly reconnaissance missions from south-east England and in July began bombing sorties. Spencer was killed when his Blenheim crashed into the Borth Sea on 30 September, 1940. He was aged only 19, and was brought home for burial at Pembrey. Spencer's brother D.R.S. Bevan-John was captured by the Italians when he was a crew-member aboard a Sunderland of 228 Squadron, that was shot down in the Mediterranean on 6 August, 1941.
Montague Beaumont Glover, Lieutenant, 159476, Royal Artillery. Montague was the Son of Beaumont and Louisa Vernon Jane Rigby Glover, and the husband of Vera Annette Elizabeth Glover of Herne Hill, London. He served with the Royal Artillery, based at RAF Pembrey, probably in charge of an Anti Aircraft gun, when he died on 11 August 1941. He was 47 years old.
Harold George Henry, Leading Aircraftman, (W.Op/Air Gunner), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Harold was the Son of George and Mabel Frances Henry, and the husband of Kate Ivy Henry. He died on 24 May 1942, aged 31.
John Harvey Hutchinson, Wing Commander (Pilot), 16112, Royal Air Force. John was the Son of William and Asta Hutchinson, of Finchampstead, Berkshire, and the husband of Beatrice K. Hutchinson, of Finchampstead. John was based at RAF Pembrey, and died when his Miles Magister, Serial P6347, hit the cable of a tethered barrage balloon at Langley, near Slough on 8 October 1940. He was buried at Pembrey.
Frederick William Rupert Jacques, Pilot Officer, 3520735, Royal Air Force. Frederick was born 27 June 1929 at Batu Gajah, Malaya. He served with 233 OCU based at RAF Pembrey. Frederick was killed on 20 June 1957 when his Hawker Hunter, Serial WT563, crashed soon after take off into Kidwelly Railway Station. Frederick was 27 years old and is buried at Pembrey.
George Alfred Layton, Leading Aircraftman (W.Op/Air Gunner), 1376316, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. George was the Son of John T. Layton and Elizabeth H. Layton, of Ilford, Essex. He was serving at No. 1 Air Gunnery School. George was killed in a training flight in a Blenheim, Serial L1218, when it crashed at Pinged on 24 May 1942. He was aged 24.
Wilfred Leonard Morris, Leading Aircraftman (W.Op/Air Gunner), 1259526, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Wilfred was the Son of Frederick Wilfred L. Morris and Gladys Morris, of Ealing, Middlesex. Wilfred was attached to No. 1 Air Gunnery School at Pembrey when his Blenheim, serial Z6242, crashed into the sea near Burry Holms on 1 August 1941. He was 25 years old.
Robert Noble, Gunner, 1744624, Royal Artillery. Robert was serving at RAF Pembrey with the 66th Battery, 80th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, when he died on 11 February 1942.
Stephen John Maxwell Ogilvie, Sub-Lieutenant (A), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Stephen was the Son of Sir William Heanage Ogilvie and Lady Vere Magdalen Ogilvie (nee Quilter), of St. John's Wood, London. He served with 748 Squadron, based at the Royal Naval Air Station named H.M.S.Vulture, which was situated at St. Merryn, Cornwall. Stephen died on 7 October 1943 when his Seafire, Serial NX954, crashed into Bideford Bay after a collision. His body was washed up on Cefn Sidan Beach. Stephen was aged 22.
Alec Frederick Prior, Aircraftman 2nd Class, 1357325, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Alec was the Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Prior, and the husband of Elsie Mary Prior, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He died at Shrewsbury on 15 April 1941, aged 27, and was buried at Pembrey.
William Leyson Rhys, Sergeant (Pilot), 1380898, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. William was the Son of Tudor Leyson Rhys and Miriam Rhys, of Pembrey. He was serving at 1655 Conversion Unit at Horsahm St. Faith, training to fly the Mosquito. William was killed when he crashed Mosquito, Serial DZ346 at Norton, Suffolk, on 31 October 1942. He was aged just 20, and is buried at Pembrey (St. Illtyd) Churchyard.
Bernard James Skelly, Warrant Officer, 418189, Royal Australian Air Force. Bernard was born on the 5th April, 1918 in Australia, the Son of Bernard James and Katherine Mary Skelly, and the husband of Nancy Pearl Skelly, of 9, Murchison Street, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia. Bernard was posted to the 1st Air Gunnery School at RAF Pembrey, and was sadly killed in an accident on 26 January 1945 when his Spitfire, Serial AR320, crashed at New Hedges, Tenby in a heavy blizzard. Bernard was aged 26.
Beverley John Wentworth Thomson, Flying Officer, 421138, Royal Australian Air Force. Beverley was born on 25 March 1923, the Son of Harold Wentworth Thomson and Madge Thomson of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. He had married Mary Thomson, of Llanelly, while posted to the 12th Advanced Flying School at RAF Pembrey, where he was killed in an aircraft accident on 6 January 1945 aged just 21. The crash was in fact Carmarthenshire's worst air disaster, with six men killed, mostly 19 year-old trainee Air Gunners, who were training aboard Wellington LN553 when it crashed into nearby mudflats. (Courtesy Steve Jones).
Charles Albert Venn, Sergeant (Pilot), 969799, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Charles was the Son of Charles Edward and Alice Edith Venn, of Penarth, Glamorgan, and was at RAF Pembrey attached to 79 Squadron, which were then based there, equipped with the Hawker Hurricane Mark I. Charles was killed on 24 February 1941 when his Hawker Hurricane, Serial P3122, crasshed whilst on target practise at Cefn Sidan Beach. He was 26 years old.
Lionel Hubert Wakeford, D.F.C., Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force. Lionel was born in Weymouth in 1915 and Joined the RAF at age 15 as an apprentice at RAF Halton. By the outbreak of WW2 he was a Sergeant Pilot in Egypt (Heliopolis) flying Bristol Bombay aircraft with 216 squadron throughout Egypt, North Africa and Greece. Later returning to the U.K. flying Wellington Bombers. He was an early member of the Pathfinders with 139 Squadron flying Mosquito aircraft. By the end of the war he had flown over 2,400 hours at which time he had the rank of Squadron Leader. He was twice mentioned in Dispatches and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Post war followed service with 29 Squadron. Moving to RAF Pembrey to form 233 Squadron a conversion unit in 1952 where he ran the tactical wing. On 22 September 1953, Lionel was training Pilot W.H. Williams in flying the Vampire Jet, and the aeroplane took off from Pembrey Airfield. However shortly after take-off Lionel requested permission to return to base. The aircraft was seen to weave for 2 miles approaching the airfield which was a method of losing speed. Unfortunately the Vampire crashed at the edge of the runway. The inquest found that the aircraft had suffered a sever fire probably starting immediately after take-off (possibly a re-ignite after a "flame out") which had led to the crash. Both men were killed on impact, and Lionel is buried at Pembrey (St. Illtyd) Churchyard. On 9 March 1953, another Vampire Pilot based at Pembrey had been killed, when he crashed into a field at Llanybri.