Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1943, Flight Lieutenant Ulric John Davison, No. 12 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit, Royal Air Force, was killed during a training exercise while on active service.
Educated at Lancing College where he joined the Officers’ Training Corps, like his father before him he chose his career as a chartered accountant and set up a practice in Sunderland. After the outbreak of the second world war he served with the 9th Battalion, Durham Home Guard, and then enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. In May of 1942 he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer and then promoted to Flying Officer six months later. He was posted to R.A.F. Grantham as an instructor with No. 112 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit.
On the day of his death he had taken up a pupil for a night training exercise. It was a foggy night and they crashed just after 2:00 a.m.. They were found several hours later at Sharps Field, near Hungerton Hall, Ponton Heath. Flight Lieutenant Davison had died in the crash, but his pupil had survived only to pass away later that day in hospital.
Flight Lieutenant Davison is commemorated on the Roll of Honour of the members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Articled Clerks. From Sunderland, he was 32 years old.