Richard Douglas Mollett

Richard Douglas Mollett

Birth
Huddersfield, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England
Death 30 Nov 1941 (aged 24)
Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot Plot: R.A.F. Plot. Grave 4.
Memorial ID 7866701 View Source
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Mollett was born on June 6th of 1917 in Huddersfield, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire England. His parents William Ernest and Jane Mollett lived in Colchester, Essex in England. He served as Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His service number was 1151230. Mollett was involved in a late-night accident not long after flight. He was just four miles from the Terrell airport when the accident occurred. Mollett died on November 30th on 1941. He was only 24 years old and would have earned his wings in just two days had he survived. He was reported as having a thoughtful and friendly personality who made friends wherever he went. Mollett was the first training casualty for the No. 1 British Flying Training School, his death occurring just five months before the United States officially entered World War II. His remains are located at grave number 4.

Casualty of WWII, Richard was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ~ Service No. 1151230.

He was 24 and the son of William Ernest and Jane Mollett (nee Jackson) of Colchester, Essex, England.

Births Jun 1917 Mollett Richard D Jackson Huddersfield
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At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.


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1151230 R.A.F. 'And so he passed over. A valiant young heart - his spirit lives on.'