RNVR unit histories
War service record of Richard RWR Trafford
1939 - 1943
Extract from an internet database concerning the war service of Richard Randolph William Rawson Trafford in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II and an account of his death in action in 1943.
Richard Randolph William Rawson
Son of Henry Randolph Trafford, J.P. and Bettina Maud Trafford, of Michaelchurch.
18.01.1943 (KIA) [age 35]
[Michaelchurch Escley (St Michael) Churchyard, north of church]
HMS Raven (RN Air Station, Eastleigh, Southampton)
Fleet Air Arm
injured when he had to jump out of the third story of a burning building (probably from a hotel in Ayr, where he was stationed at the time), after which he was confined to training pilots
pilot, 828 Squadron FAA [HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)]
pilot, 781 Squadron FAA [HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)]
HMS President (Admiralty) (for special and miscellaneous services)
killed when his plane caught fire and crashed near Oakhampton in Devon