Colin Roy Hewlett DFC

Memorial: Hambrook - Whiteshill Common

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Medals: 1939–45 Star, Distinguish Flying Cross, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Flight Lieutenant Pilot 69438

Parents: Marshall William and Daisy Beatrice (nee Lott) Hewlett

Marital status: Single

Home address: Muller Road, Ashley Down until 1940 then Begbrook Park, Frenchay

Pre-war occupation: Worked at Wilways laundry with his father

Date of birth: 1920

Date of death: 12/12/1942

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried St John the Baptist Churchyard (Ref. NE. 1. 103.), Frenchay and commemorated on Hambrook War Memorial and St John the Baptist Church, Frenchay

Age: 22

Further information:

Colin was an only child and went to Cotham Grammar School. He was called up in June 1939 and completed his training in 3 months, then joined No. 65 Squadron at Hornchurch. Colin flew a Spitfire during the Battle of Britain and in February 1942 shot down a Messerschmitt. He flew with skilful leadership and distinction in combined operations at Dieppe on the 19th August 1942 and was awarded the DFC in November 1942, less than a month before he was killed. On the day of his death, Colin volunteered to test fly a Spitfire that had been repaired. During the flight there was an explosion in the engine but Colin managed to parachute out. However, when he reached the ground he was found to have died from a broken neck. At the time of his death he was engaged to be married.

There is more information about Colin Hewlett on the Frenchay Museum website:

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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