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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Cyril Oscar Channing -

Unknown person Name : Cyril Oscar Channing

Son of : Oscar Rawle Cyres Channing and Ellen Louisa Channing (née Doman), of Ventnor.

Born : 1922, Ventnor.
  Electoral roll information :

1922 : The family are at 2 St Boniface Villa, High Street, Ventnor

1938 : The family are at 2 St Boniface Villa, High Street, Ventnor

  Service Details :

Sgt 1337189 Cyril Oscar Channing, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Casualty Details :

Died : 12th June 1944, aged 22.

Commemorated at : Air Forces Memorial Runnymede Panel 226

CWGC record
  Aircraft and Crew :

Aircraft :Short Sunderland Mk III of 228 Sqn.
:Flt/Lt M E Slaughter, Royal Canadian Air Force CWGC record ...
:Flt/Lt D H Griffiths CWGC record ...
:Flt/Lt R L Griffin CWGC record ...
:F/O L C Dadds, Royal Australian Air Force CWGC record ...
:W/O J A Foubister CWGC record ...
:Sgt W H Carr CWGC record ...
:Flt/Sgt H J Chester CWGC record ...
:Sgt J F Bleach CWGC record ...
:Sgt C O Channing CWGC record ...
:Sgt W Patterson CWGC record ...
:Sgt L Segaloff CWGC record ...

228 Sqn was based at Pembroke Dock between 1943 and 1945 flying anti-submarine patrols. On 12th June 1944 a German U-boat U993 (Oblt. Kurt Hilbig) reported being attacked and returning fire on a Sunderland which crashed into the sea and blew up.
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
Ventnor Holy Trinity Church Boy Scouts' Memorial
St Wilfrid's RC Primary School
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, October 11, 1940 Page 2

POST OFFICE APPOINTMENTS. - The two telegraph messengers of Ventnor Post Office staff - Messrs. A.A. King and C.O. Channing - have received appointments as postmen. Mr. King has taken up an appointment as postman at Bembridge and Mr. Channing has taken up similar duties at Cowes. Both lads were the recipients of parting gifts from their Ventnor colleagues. Mr. King received a leather attaché case, and Mr. Channing a wristlet watch, accompanied by the hearty good wishes of all friends in the office. Both officers were keen members of the Post Office section of the Home Guard, and hope to continue their activities in the Isle of Wight Post Office Company in their new spheres.

Both A A King and C O Channing were killed in action serving with the Royal Air Force.
  Further information :

Cyril Channing's uncle Percy Channing was killed in WW I.

His brother, Bernard William Channing (born 1919), trained as a pilot with the Civil Air Guard at Lea Farm Airport [later Isle of Wight Airport, Sandown] :


Friday, July 28, 1939 Page 2

MR. BERNARD CHANNING, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Channing, East Street, took his first solo flight as a member of the Civil Air Guard at Lea Airport on Monday. Congratulations.

Sandown Airport Photo Gallery

Sandown Airport History (somewhat out of date)

Bernard Channing was taken prisoner-of-war. He died in 1988, aged 68.
  Acknowledgments :

John Bloodworth for details of circumstances of death

Janet Griffin for newspaper transcripts and further research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 12 December 2013


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