Born: 2nd September 1916, The Cottage, King’s Avenue, Greenford Park, Great Greenford, Middlesex.

Baptised: 25th September 1916, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Acton Vale, Ealing. Parents: Florence Mary & Charles Glanville Kitching, a Clerk. Residence: The Cottage, King’s Avenue, Greenford Park, Great Greenford.

Died: 22nd June 1941; age: 24; aircraft accident at Stormy Down Pyle, Glamorganshire.

Residence: 15, Cranfield Court, Ipswich.

Occupation: Tailor’s Cutter.


Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 66020.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No 7 Gunners School.



Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Granville & Florence Mary Kitching.


Father: Charles Granville Kitching, born 1883, St. George Hanover Square, Middlesex – died June 1923 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Strand, Middlesex, of 71, The Vale, Acton, Middlesex.

Mother: Florence Mary Kitching (nee Couper), born October 1882, Surbiton, Surrey.


Eric was a Scout at the Royal Commercial Travellers’ School Group, at Elliot Hall, Pinner, Middlesex.



Geoff was a Tailor’s Cutter, and boarding at the family home of Robert Clewes, a Drapery Salesman – 27, West Avenue, Derby, Derbyshire.


Probate to Florence Mary Kitching – mother, a Dressmaker.


22nd June 1941

Aircraft: Fairey Battle MkI; serial number: L5001; based at R.A.F. station Stormy Down, near Pyle, Bridgend, Glamorganshire. On the 22nd June 1941, L5001 was taking part in an exercise with a local Home Guard unit at Margam Castle, Port Talbot. The pilot was making a turn at low level but misjudged his height and the aircraft struck a 45 ft tree, crashed and burst into flames killing both crew members.


Graham Templer Swann; Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; age 38; R.A.F.V.R.


Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.

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