Aubrey Richard Atkins

Aubrey Richard Atkins

Birth
Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes Borough, Buckinghamshire, England
Death 14 Feb 1942 (aged 24)
Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot Grave Reference:R.A.F. Plot. Grave 5.
Memorial ID 7866673 View Source
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Casualty of WWII, Aubrey was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; Service No.1316067. He was killed in training aged 24. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Atkins, of Castle Thorpe, Buckinghamshire, England, and the husband of Rene Violet Atkins, of Castle Thorpe.

At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.
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With the outbreak of World War II, British Royal Air Force officials sought to train aircrews outside of England, safe from enemy attack and poor weather. Six civilian flight schools in the United States dedicated themselves to instructing RAF pilots. The first British Flying Training School was located in Terrell, TX. Most of the early British students had never been in an airplane or even driven a car before arriving in Texas to learn to fly. The cadets trained in the air on aerobatics, instrument flight, and night flying. While on the ground, they studied navigation, meteorology, engines and armaments, including spending time in early flight simulators. By the end of the war, more than 2,000 RAF cadets had trained at Terrell; however, the following 20 lost their lives while stationed there and are buried in Oakland Memorial Park.

Aubrey Richard Atkins
Thomas Sim Beedie
Raymond Alan Berry
Leonard Georges Blower
Raymond Brinley Botcher
Kenneth William Coaster
Vincent Henry Cockman
James Craig
Frank Robert Wilfred Frostick
Allan Samuel Gadd
George Irvine Hanson
Geoffrey Mark Harris
Michael John Hosier
William Lewis Ibbs
Maurice Leslie Jensen
Alan Reginald Langston
Richard Douglas Mollett
Harold Gilbert Slocock
Thomas Travers
Maurice William Arthur Williamson


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1316067 R.A.F. 'One of the dearest. One of the best. Now in God's keeping safe at rest.'