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22.09.1941 No 114 Squadron Blenheim IV V5490 P/O. Feilden

Operation: Training

Date: 22nd September 1941 (Monday)

Unit: No. 114 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V5490

Base: RAF Oulton, Norfolk.

Location: Hall Farm near Cromer, Norfolk

Pilot: P/O. Randle Feilden AUS/402650 RAAF Age 28. Killed

Obs: P/O. Fred Harvey Brown J/5095 RCAF Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Samuel Stephen John Collier 1261192 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


During a practice bombing run the Blenheim struck the mast of the target ship moored off Cromer.

Blenheim IV

Left: Randle, his sister Betty Iredale with his wife Wendy and Betty's son (courtesy Bill Barry)

Thought to be the complete crew, Sgt. Collier shown on the left (Courtesy Victoria Collier)

Above and left Scottow Cemetery - visited by Aircrew Remembered May 2013. Grave photo of Sgt. Collier - kindly supplied to us by Alan D. Clark.

Burial details:

P/O. Randle Feilden. Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk. Grave 259. Son of Everard Henry and Maude Billson Feilden, of Bengough, Saskatchewan, Canada, husband of Miriam (Wendy) Feilden, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Further information: Emigrated to Australia in the 1930's and prior to enlisting with the R.A.A.F. worked as a radio announcer. He also had a brother who served as an instructor with the R.C.A.F. during the war. Randle was boron in Bengough, Canada on 17th January, 1913. (We are indebted to Bill Barry for this information - see acknowledgments/link) Also commemorated on the village memorial at Shaldon, Devon.

P/O. Fred Harvey Brown. Scottow Cemetery. Grave 260. From Toronto, Canada. Next of kin details not currently available.

Sgt. Samuel Stephen John Collier. Manor Park Cemetery, London, Coll grave 9. Son of Samuel Charles and Emily Harriet Collier, husband of Winifred Alice Collier, of Bow, London, England. Grave inscription: 'Our Loss Is Great, We'll Not Complain But Hope In Heaven To Meet Again'.

Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Bill Barry at the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial, Victoria Collier for crew photograph. Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 2, World of Honour. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

KTY Updated 22.11.2019

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