156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Air Test
Mission Date: 13/07/1944
Mission Comments: A C Shilletto was a prior member of 156 Sqn
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
LN509    F/Lt SHILLETO            T/O 1515 Market Harborough for a standard night flying test but fifteen minutes later collided with another of the unit's Wellingtons, both aircraft falling at East Farndon, 5 miles WNW from Desborough, Northamptonshire, and practically on the border with Leicestershire SW of Market Harborough. F/L Shilleto, who had logged 1,079 of his 1453 flying hours on Wellingtons, rests in Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard. He had previously served with 29 OTU and had been involved in a serious Tiger Moth crash on the 5th of July 1942. His screened Wireless operator had won an immediate DFM in March 1942, while serving with 207 Squadron. Full details of his courageous actions were published in the London Gazette on 7 April 1942; his grave is in Brighton (Bear Road) Borough Cemetery and his service number indicates he was selected, at least, for pilot training in the volunteer reserve in the late 1930s.