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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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18.05.1951 No 6 FTS Harvard T2B KF127 Fl/Lt. Edmund Fielding

Operation: Training

Date: 18th May 1951 (Friday)

Unit: No. 6 Flying Training School

Type: Harvard T2B

Serial: KF127

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Tern Hill, Shropshire

Location: 3 Miles north of Ledbury, Herefordshire

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Edmund Fielding 58133 RAF Age 24. Killed (1)

Pupil: Officer Cadet Frederick Koxmuk


During a training flight the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with Harvard FS753 crashing, killing both the instructor and pupil. Fl/Lt. G.P. Kirby and Officer Cadet J.Y. Reynolds landed safely and the crew survived with no injuries.

(1) The brother of Fl/Lt. Edmund Fielding, Second Officer Cyril Fielding of the Merchant Navy's SS Swiftpool who has no known grave but is commemorated on Panel 105 of The Tower Hill Memorial, London. He died when the vessel was torpedoed off the west coast of Ireland by U-372 on the 05th August 1941. The Swiftpool was part of convoy SL-81 and was en route from Pepel, Sierra Leone to Middlesborough with a cargo of iron ore. Only 2 of the crew of 44 survived.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Edmund Fielding. Rake Lane Cemetery, Wellesley, Merseyside. Grave IIR. Son of Edmund Patrick Fielding OF County Waterford, Ireland.

No details for other crew member.

Researched by Mike McQuaid and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below and also to Colin Cummins - author of ‘Last Take-Off.’

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