Deane, Cecil Thomas (No. 904963)

Deane, Cecil Thomas (Cecil)

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner)

No. 904963, 153 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 18 February 1942 (aged 25)

Buried:

Mortlake Crematorium, Surrey, England

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Cecil Thomas Deane’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1917 in Hammersmith, London and he was a son of Albert George and Alice Margaret Deane (nee Carter) of Shepherd’s Bush, London.  Their marriage was registered in the third quarter of 1913 in Brentford, Middlesex. Cecil Deane was a renowned international swimmer; he swam in the European Games in Paris in September 1938 and held long distance championship records in England, Belgium and Holland.

Cecil Thomas Deane and Queenie Stocks of Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire were married on 30 November 1940 in Mansfield Registrar’s Office.

During the Second World War Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) Cecil Thomas Deane (No. 904963) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  On 18 February 1942 a Boulton Paul Defiant aircraft (T3914) with 153 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert spun into the sea off Kearney, Co. Down after the pilot appeared to lose control.  There were unconfirmed reports that he had been attempting to avoid another aircraft.  Both crew members were killed and four days later their bodies were recovered from the sea near Burial Island to the north of Portavogie.  The two men who died were Flight Sergeant (Pilot) John Robert Lucas and Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) Cecil Thomas Deane (aged 25).