Father dies in chaos at de Havilland

PUBLISHED: 11:18 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

Richard Collom – killed at de Havilland

Richard Collom – killed at de Havilland

DOREEN Hodson-Smith, who used to live in Oaktree Garth and now lives in Datchworth, told the WHT how the bombing of de Havilland in 1940 took her father s life. She said: My father, Richard Collom, was killed in the raid on October 3 at Hatfield. He wo

DOREEN Hodson-Smith, who used to live in Oaktree Garth and now lives in Datchworth, told the WHT how the bombing of de Havilland in 1940 took her father's life.

She said: "My father, Richard Collom, was killed in the raid on October 3 at Hatfield.

"He worked in the 94 Shop as a sheet metal worker.

"He had left the RAF and moved to WGC before the war and joined de Havilland.

"When my mother (May Collom) heard about the bombing she left my brother and I with a neighbour and rushed to Hatfield to see if her husband was alive.

"The scene was so chaotic that she was told to go home and wait for information.

"It was not until the next day that someone called to tell her that he had died.

"Colleagues of my father thought he would be alright because they had seen him helping people into a shelter but sadly when the bomb fell he was caught by the blast and killed although he appeared to be uninjured.


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