G.A.R. Cemetery’s annual British Flyers Remembrance ceremony is held to honor 15 Royal Air Force pilots who died in training accidents while attending the Number 3 British Flying Training School (B.F.T.S.), a Miami branch of the Spartan School of Aeronautics that operated in the early 1940’s. Each were interred in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Cemetery. The youngest was L.A.C. Donald A. Harfield, 17 years old when laid to rest here. And, the oldest being L.A.C. Fred Tufft, 31. Being the first to lose his life while attending the first class in October of 1941.

We know very little about a handful of the 2,124 Royal Air Force cadets and the 117 Americans that trained here in Miami, at B.F.T.S. No. 3. What information we know is attached to their photos below.

We are always eager to learn of new information concerning our British Cadets and welcome any and all material, that will be added to our portfolio for others to enjoy. If you have information, photographs, or documents that you would like to share with us, please contact our office at (918) 541-2288.

Our Cadets

decorative leaves

Names marked with an * are interred in the British Plot at GAR Cemetery. Click here for the virtual tour and more details.

Frederick
Beverly*

black and white photo of Frederick Beverly

James
Boyd*

black and white photo of James Boyd

Alan
Brown*

black and white photo of Alan Brown

Harold
Burman*

black and white photo of Harold Burman

Henry
Cobb

black and white photo of Henry Cobb
More about Henry Cobb

Walter
Elliott*

Ken
Ellwood

black and white photo of Ken Ellwood
More about Ken Ellwood

Ron
Emmerson

black and white photo of Ron Emmerson
More about Ron Emmerson

Guy
Gibson, Jr.

black and white photo of Guy Gibson, Jr.
More about Guy Gibson

Herbert
Hacksley*

black and white photo of Herbert Hacksley

Gail
Halvorsen

black and white photo of Gail Halvorsen
More about Gail Halvorsen

Donald
Harfield*

black and white photo of Donald Harfield

E. O.
Hawkes

black and white photo of E.O. Hawkes
More about E.O. Hawkes

Harry
Holdcroft

black and white photo of Harry Holdcroft
More about Harry Holdcroft

Deryk
Maddox

black and white photo of Deryk Maddox
More about Deryk Maddox

William
Mann*

black and white photo of William Mann

Peter
McCallum*

Dennis
Mitchell*

black and white photo of Dennis Mitchell

Ken
Odell

black and white photo of Ken Odell
More about Ken Odell

Ralph
Price*

black and white photo of Ralph Price

Kenneth
Raisbeck*

black and white photo of the Kenneth Raisbeck
More about Kenneth Raisbeck

Cecil
Riddell*

black and white photo of Cecil Riddell

William
Speirs*

black and white photo of William Spiers

Jack
Taylor

More about Jack Taylor

Vincent
Tennant

More about Vincent Tennant

Fred
Tufft*

black and white photo of Fred Tufft

Our Cadets

decorative leaves

Names marked with an * are interred in the British Plot at GAR Cemetery. Click here for the virtual tour and more details.

Frederick
Beverly*

black and white photo of Frederick Beverly

James
Boyd*

black and white photo of James Boyd

Alan
Brown*

black and white photo of Alan Brown

Harold
Burman*

black and white photo of Harold Burman

Henry
Cobb

black and white photo of Henry Cobb
More about Henry Cobb

Walter
Elliott*

Ken
Ellwood

black and white photo of Ken Ellwood
More about Ken Ellwood

Ron
Emmerson

black and white photo of Ron Emmerson
More about Ron Emmerson

Guy
Gibson, Jr.

black and white photo of Guy Gibson, Jr.
More about Guy Gibson

Herbert
Hacksley*

black and white photo of Herbert Hacksley

Gail
Halvorsen

black and white photo of Gail Halvorsen
More about Gail Halvorsen

Donald
Harfield*

black and white photo of Donald Harfield

E. O.
Hawkes

black and white photo of E.O. Hawkes
More about E.O. Hawkes

Harry
Holdcroft

black and white photo of Harry Holdcroft
More about Harry Holdcroft

Deryk
Maddox

black and white photo of Deryk Maddox
More about Deryk Maddox

William
Mann*

black and white photo of William Mann

Peter
McCallum*

Dennis
Mitchell*

black and white photo of Dennis Mitchell

Ken
Odell

black and white photo of Ken Odell
More about Ken Odell

Ralph
Price*

black and white photo of Ralph Price

Kenneth
Raisbeck*

black and white photo of the Kenneth Raisbeck
More about Kenneth Raisbeck

Cecil
Riddell*

black and white photo of Cecil Riddell

William
Speirs*

black and white photo of William Spiers

Jack
Taylor

More about Jack Taylor

Vincent
Tennant

More about Vincent Tennant

Fred
Tufft*

black and white photo of Fred Tufft