A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- C E Rashley -


Colin Edward Rashley, son of Edwin Colin and Winifred Lilian Rashley, of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Colin Greening is commemorated on this Memorial :

Cowes War Memorial

Service details

Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) 1336152 C E Rashley, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

CWGC record ...

Date of Death :7 August 1943
Where buried or commemorated :Nantes (Pont-du-Cens) Communal Cemetery
Squadron :620 Sqn
Aircraft :Short Stirling Mk.III BK690 QS-G
Crew :
Pilot :F/O J A RogersCWGC record ...
Flight Engineer :Sgt J Lee
Navigator :P/O D D DonkinCWGC record ...
Wireless Operator :Sgt C E RashleyCWGC record ...
Air Bomber :Sgt R BairdCWGC record ...
Air Gunner :Sgt D F R O'Brart
Air Gunner :Sgt Smith

The aircraft took off at 21:57 hrs from RAF Chedburgh on mine laying Ops. While homeward bound it was hit by flak at 3,000 ft before crashing at Nantes (Loire-Atlantique). Sgt Lee and Sgt O'Brart evaded capture; Sgt Smith became a Prisoner of War (no 613614) at Camp 357 in Kopernikus Thorn. The others were buried at Nantes. Sergeant Rashley came from Cowes, Isle of Wight, and had lived at Newport.

Information provided by : John Bloodworth


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