Flight Sergeant (Pilot) first at 504 than 135 Squadron. Service Number 1396941 Died 23/03/1944, Aged 29, Son of Justin Beauclerc Flamer-Caldera and of Lena Flamer-Caldera (née Barber), of Mount Lavinia, Ceylon.
Flew a Hurricane II, spun into the ground during aerobatics 3m N of Minneriya. Spun in on top of loop at 3000 feet and failed to pull out. Buried at COLOMBO (KANATTE) GENERAL CEMETERY Plot 6A. Row F. Grave 15.
Shelton, the eldest, was sharp, smart and unpredictable and did not surprise anybody when he decided to enlist and fight for England in World War II. I personally did not think it was his loyalty to the British that prompted the enlistment, but his adventurous spirit.
He joined the Royal Air Force as a Spitfire fighter pilot, and carried out dozens of sorties protecting the Lancaster bombers over Germany, and eventually came good in the battles for RAF.
He returned to Sri Lanka after the war and was stationed in Sigiriya with a Spitfire squadron. He came to Colombo regularly and he used to meet at The Pagoda over rice and curry in the company of Lucian de Zoysa, Douglas Munasinghe, George Ponniah, Brookie and Anno D’Silva, Neville Jansz and a few others. Soon afterwards tragedy struck when Shelton was practicing aerobatics in preparation for an R.A.F. display in aid of charity. He was practicing a spin, roll and loop when he failed to get out of one and crashed into the sticks of Sigiriya. A sad end to a delightful man.