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    Default Thum Spitfire PM628 Lost 4th March 1954

    Can someone please look up the death registers and please tell me the correct names of T Hayes (maybe T Heyes) who died in Spitfire PR.19 PM628 Thum Flt 20m WSW of Shawbury Engine lost power; dived into ground on 4.3.54

    He was a Civilian so not listed on Armed Forces Memorial

    Maybe as on Met Flight he should be a Met Man?

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    Paul

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    Paul,
    Possibly Thomas Victor Heyes, 39yrs, death registered in Shrewsbury in period Jan-Mar 54.
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    Thanks Alan

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    Confirm it was Thomas Victor Heyes DFC, ex-Bomber Command pilot who flew 12 operations to Berlin. He had completed his met sortie and was returning to base when he radioed that he was in trouble and bailing out. It is believed he tried to direct the Spitfire away from Church Pulverback and delayed too long to use his parachute. The day after the accident it was announced that he had been awarded the Air Force Cross in recognition of his services to the THUM Flight.

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    He must have been an employee of Short Brothers and Harland as they had the contract for the THUM Flt under RAF Home Command. There is a memorial plaque in Church Pulverbatch (note spelling) Church. Coincidentally, a USAAF P-47 pilot was killed very close to the village in 1944 when he hit a tree.

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    Hi Paul,

    the crash was within a few hundred yards of my house. You can read some information i provided for our village website:

    http://www.pulverbatch.org.uk/spitfire.html

    Incidentally, you can see my house in the background of the second photo (to the left of the church tower).

    Tommy Heyes is buried in Acrefair Churchyard, near Ruabon.

    Hope that helps,

    Tom

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    Forgot to add that the village held a memorial service on the 50th anniversary in 2004, which included a 'fly by', by a Hawk jet belonging to 100 Squadron (the squadron he served with during the war)...

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