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Flying Officer Tom FRANKS (62319) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Lost in aircraft Whitley V BD272  IBCC

Death of Death 1943-01-06 .

Served in 10 OTU

Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 124. at Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8357Sergeant H Needle, Sergeant S Ambrose: killed; Flight Sergeant M J Leahy: died of injuries; Flight Sergeant N F T Goldsmith: injured; Pilot Officer F W Sturmey, Pilot Officer T Franks, Pilot Officer A J Mulligan: uninjured; aircraft crashed at RAF Roborough on return from operational flight over Brest Harbour, France, enemy action, Flying Fortress AN523, 90 Squadron, 15 August 1941.C16924199

London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
62319998099 Tom FRANKSLondon Gazette issue : 35134 , Dated 1941-04-11 , Download #35134
62319T FRANKSLondon Gazette supplement : 35634 , Dated 1942-07-14 , Download #35634

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 06 Jan 43 06 Jan 43 Aircraft Name Whitley V Serial Number BD272
Unit 10 (C) OTU Operating Airfield Country United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Source Coastal Command and Fleet Air Arm Losses Forum Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Whitley V BD272

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerTom FRANKS (62319) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerHenry Jack GODFREY (46212) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantRaymond JOHNSON (941850) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantHerbert WATTS (967613) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantRichard Stanley WILLIAMS (657974) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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