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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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21 Squadron Crest
24.05.1942 No. 21 Squadron Blenheim IV V5638 Sq/Ldr. John A.L. Fowler

Operation: Training

Date: 24th May 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 21 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V5638

Base: RAF Abbotswinch

Location: 1 mile north Linwood, Renfrewshire

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. John Anthony Lamond Fowler 39186 RAF Age 25. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Albert Edward Willis 1257268 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Colin Tilley 1106850 RAFVR Age 20. Killed


After taking off from RAF Abbotswinch one of the engines failed - the aircraft crashed at 15:40 hrs 1 mile north of East Linwood. On impact the aircraft burst into flames, all the crew killed.

Above area of loss - with pilot on left, Sq/Ldr. John Anthony Lamond Fowler (courtesy Sherborne School - see credits)

Sherborne School, Dorset - Any further information that you are able to assist them with fallen former pupils from all wars, we would be pleased to pass onto them. 

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. John Anthony Lamond Fowler. Paisley Crematorium (Woodside) Panel 2. Further information courtesy Sherborne School Archives: Born 17th June 1916, son of Herbert Henry Fowler and Gladys Annabella Fowler of Bedford, England. (formerly of Richmond). Attended Bedford School. Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) January 1930-July 1934. Imperial Chemical Industries, 1934-1936. Royal Air Force (short service commission), 1936.

Sgt. Albert Edward Willis. Heston Churchyard (St. Leonards) Old Ground. Row 4BR. Grave 24. Son of Edward and Amelia Willis, husband of Doris Margaret Willis, of Heston, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. Colin Tilley. Hull Crematorium. Screen Wall. Panel 5. Son of Claude and Lilla May Tilley, of Hull, England.

With thanks to Sherborne School Archives for additional information. Other sources as quoted below.

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