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    Default FS SJ Collett KIA 19/8/1942

    Calling on the help of the people here again...

    Can anyone shed any light on the circumsatances surounding the death of FS Stanley John Collett KIA 19 Aug 1942?

    I believe he was Coastal Command and possibly operating out of Iceland at the time or had been previously.

    Many thanks in advance

    John

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    Hi John,

    A Coastal OTU loss from RAF Cranwell.

    19/08/42
    No.3 OTU
    Whitley V
    BD233

    Coded U

    Casualties:
    Sgt S J Collett
    Sgt B E Ridett

    Training, RAF Cranwell

    Crashed in sea on navex near Holy Island, Northumberland.

    Port engine caught fire.

    Approached Low Newton from the sea. It then turned north towards Beadnell beach, passing low over Links House, crashing just south of Long Nanny burn. As it careered over the dunes and sand it cut a pathway through the rough ground, totally breaking up in the process.

    Possibly flew too close and struck friendly ships.

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    Ross
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    Ross many thanks for the super fast answer.

    I have it that Collet had started flying training in Aug 1940 and qualified in Jul 1941. He had spent about a year on Ops and had just completed his Captains course.

    Commemorated on the Runnymeade Memorial - says it all about the crash

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