Malta


On the 18th February 1956 an Avro York Aircraft chartered by the Royal Air Force to transport servicemen back to the United Kingdom after their tour of duty in the Canal Zone. The aircraft stopped over in Malta to refuel. Soon after take off smoke was seen coming from one of its engines, as the aircraft reached 1000 feet it suddenly nose dived into the ground. Killing its 5 civilian crew and all 45 passengers. 44 of the passengers were Royal Air Force personnel and the remaining passenger was an army private who was going home on compassionate leave. All those who died are buried in the Military Cemetery at Imtarfa in Malta.

Avro York C1


Sgt BFJ. Allberry... Age: 22... RAF... Weymouth   LA/Craftman AM. Barbour... Age: 33... RAF... Glasgow Cpl PJ. Bly... Age: 20... RAF... Lincolnshire Cpl J. Bracewell... Age: 24... RAF... Bradford LA/Craftman D. Brown... Age: 20... RAF... Dundee Cpl CC. Burke... Age: 23... RAF... Dublin LA/Craftman SH. Butchart... Age: 22... RAF... Inverness LA/Craftman PR. Carlton... Age: 22... RAF... Halifax Cpl JD. Collier... Age: 23... RAF... Rhonda Cpl JR. Cox... Age: 22... RAF... London Cpl GA. Cragie... Age: 22... RAF... Dundee LA/Craftman T. Drury-Lowe... Age: 20 RAF... Horley SA/Craftman TG. Dumbill... Age: 20 RAF... Liverpool Cpl JA. Edwards... Age: 33 RAF... Kidderminster Cpl JS. Fawcett... Age: 22 RAF... Rugby LA/Craftman JL. Fitzpatrick... Age: 21... RAF... Manchester A/Craftman MJ. Fleming... Age: 21 RAF... Southern Ireland LA/Craftman W. Fleming... Age: 21... RAF... Belfast Flt/Sgt HF. George... Age: 42... RAF... Carlisle LA/Craftman R. Hampson... Age: 22... RAF... Denbigh LA/Craftman ER. Harris... Age: 22... RAF... Herefordshire SA/Craftman Hodson... Age: 20 RAF... Market-Harborough LA/Craftman JM. Holliday... Age: 20... RAF... Worcester LA/Craftman FRJ. Keating... Age: 22... RAF... London LA/Craftman GA. Kenyon... Age: 21... RAF... Washington C/Durham Cpl JJ. McKay... Age: 21... RAF... Perth LA/Craftman D. Millar... Age: 22... RAF... Dundee LA/Craftman MMJ. Nurse... Age: 20... RAF... Cardiff LA/Craftman D. Parker... Age: 21... RAF... Leicester Cpl AJ. Paterson... Age: 20... RAF... Glasgow Cpl BC. Prachett... Age: 21... RAF... Unknown LA/Craftman MJ. Pye... Age: 21... RAF... Worcester Cpl TK. Roberts... Age: 21... RAF... Worthing Private A. Smith.. Age: 20... RAOC... Glasgow  Sgt JW. Spence... Age: 29... RAF... Loughborough Sgt JA. Spence... Age: 31... RAF... Dagenham Cpl W. Steven... Age: 22... RAF... Glasgow Cpl WG. Talbot... Age: 21... RAF... Didcot Cpl RF. Wearing... Age: 20... RAF... Lancaster LA/WJ. Welsh... Age: 21... RAF... Falkirk LA/Craftman KE. Williams... Age: 21... RAF... Liverpool Cpl R. Williams... Age: 27... RAF... Smethwick LA/Craftman JF. Wilson... Age: 21... RAF... St Andrews SA/Craftman G. Wortley... Age: 21... RAF... Wolsingham C/Durham Civilian Air Crew Mr AF. Coker Captain-Pilot... Prestwick  Mr R. Gorvin 1st Officer/Co Pilot... Hampshire Mr R. Beechey Navigation Officer... Birmingham Mr J. Hay Radio Officer... Surrey Miss Jillian Upham Stewardess... Chalfont St. Peter