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Malcolm Charles Colwill

Serjeant 1183362 (Navigator/Bomber)
115 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died Sunday 6 December 1942 aged 20
Buried in Montcornet Military Cemetery Aisne France
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Montcornet Military Cemetery Aisne France
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church

Malcolm was the son of Charles William and Ethel Mildred Colwill of 1 Prospect Villas Ash Vale. He was admitted to Heathcote School 12 March 1928 with his older sister Mildred and older brother John. All three had previously attended Longmoor Army School. He left school in July 1932 with a County Junior Scholarship.

Malcolm’s younger brother Michael started school at Heathcote School in 1930, and he became a well known scoutmaster in Ash Vale.

BK513 was one of two 115 Squadron Wellington bombers lost in Operation Mannheim. It was airborne at 1733 on 6 Dec 1942 from East Wretham, and crashed at Montcornet (Aisne), 35 km NE of Laon, France. The cause of the crash was not established. (http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=5197)

All the crew are buried in Montcornet Military Cemetery: F/O M.W.Dixon RNZAF KIA, Sgt J.D.Rae RCAF KIA, Sgt M.C.Colwill KIA, Sgt C.Riches KIA and Sgt A.G.Dunn KIA.

Ash Second World War Roll of Honour


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