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    Hello. I am the niece of Thomas Heyes DFC. I am trying to research his service history and would like some advice on where to go. I know he survived the war and killed whilst a THUM Pilot near Pulverbatch in 1954. I have lots of photos, Crew picture in front of a Lancaster with bombing raids written on the back and signed by his crew, his DFC and pictures whilst a THUM Pilot, newspaper cuttings, all of which were bestowed on me by his late sister, my aunt, who sadly passed away 2011.

    Many Thanks

    Sue Simpson

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    Hello Sue,

    From http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?10638-Thum-Spitfire-PM628-Lost-4th-March-1954

    we see he was in No. 100 Squadron during the war.

    http://www.jcproctor.co.uk/raflist7.html narrows down the time he was with 100 Squadron should a member have the Operations Record Book for No. 100 Squadron. It further states he was a Warrant Officer but commissioned a Pilot Officer 1 March 1944 and his DFC was gazetted on 18 April, 1944.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi Sue,

    contact me at tomthorne83ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk

    I live in Pulverbatch and helped with the 50th anniversary service held for him in 2004. Here's a link to the village website which has a couple of photos you may not have seen:
    http://www.pulverbatch.org.uk/spitfire.shtml

    Best wishes,

    Tom

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    Sue, From the LG:
    Air Ministry, 11th April, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Wt. Offs.
    1279188 Thomas Victor HEYES (172597). 1st Mar. 1944.

    Air Ministry, 21st April, 1944.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Warrant Officer Thomas Victor HEYES (1379188) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 100 Squadron.
    The above awards are in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

    Air Ministry, 15th September, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Confirmation and promotion.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Flg. Offs. (war subs.):
    1st Sept. 1944.
    T. V. HEYES (172597).

    Air Ministry, 12th April, 1949.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Emergency commission section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned (on appointment to the reconstituted R.A.F.V.R.):
    Flying Officers retaining their rank :
    14th Jan. 1949.
    T. V. HEYES, D.F.C. (172597).
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Flying Officers:
    14th Jan. 1949.
    Thomas Victor HEYES, D.F.C. (172597).

    Air Ministry, 20th April, 1954.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Extension of service.
    The period of service of Flying Officer T. V. HEYES, D.F.C. (172597) is extended up to one year (or for the duration of employment as a civilian Meteorological Flight pilot) with effect from 14th Jan. 1954.


    Air Ministry, 24th August, 1954.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section).
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant:
    T. V. HEYES. D.F.C. (172597) (since deceased). 9th Dec. 1952.

    Air Ministry, 21st September, 1954.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Notification amended.
    20th Apr. 1954 (p. 2369, col. 2) concerning T. V. HEYES, D.F.C. (172597) for Flying Officer read Flight Lieutenant.
    Regards, Terry
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    Many Thanks to all responses. That gives me plenty to start with.

    Does anyone know, should I have the DFC Ribbon restored/replaced as it is a bit delicate and worn looking?

    Sue

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    Dave, Is there any kind of Certificate which goes with the DFC which details for what it was actually awarded. I believe it was for consecutive bombing raids during the battle to take Berlin, but, I am not sure. I have the Kings letter which accompanied the DFC and its original box but nothing else.

    Regards
    Sue




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    Sue, From the LG:
    Air Ministry, 11th April, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Wt. Offs.
    1279188 Thomas Victor HEYES (172597). 1st Mar. 1944.

    Air Ministry, 21st April, 1944.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Warrant Officer Thomas Victor HEYES (1379188) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 100 Squadron.
    The above awards are in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

    Air Ministry, 15th September, 1944.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Confirmation and promotion.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Flg. Offs. (war subs.):
    1st Sept. 1944.
    T. V. HEYES (172597).

    Air Ministry, 12th April, 1949.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Emergency commission section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned (on appointment to the reconstituted R.A.F.V.R.):
    Flying Officers retaining their rank :
    14th Jan. 1949.
    T. V. HEYES, D.F.C. (172597).
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Flying Officers:
    14th Jan. 1949.
    Thomas Victor HEYES, D.F.C. (172597).

    Air Ministry, 20th April, 1954.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Extension of service.
    The period of service of Flying Officer T. V. HEYES, D.F.C. (172597) is extended up to one year (or for the duration of employment as a civilian Meteorological Flight pilot) with effect from 14th Jan. 1954.


    Air Ministry, 24th August, 1954.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section).
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant:
    T. V. HEYES. D.F.C. (172597) (since deceased). 9th Dec. 1952.

    Air Ministry, 21st September, 1954.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    (Reconstituted section.)
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Notification amended.
    20th Apr. 1954 (p. 2369, col. 2) concerning T. V. HEYES, D.F.C. (172597) for Flying Officer read Flight Lieutenant.
    Regards, Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorne83 View Post
    Hi Sue,

    contact me at tomthorne83ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk

    I live in Pulverbatch and helped with the 50th anniversary service held for him in 2004. Here's a link to the village website which has a couple of photos you may not have seen:
    http://www.pulverbatch.org.uk/spitfire.shtml

    Best wishes,

    Tom
    Hi Tom
    I was aware of the Pulverbatch connection and I have already visited your website. I did speak to someone from your Village Committee some time ago and learnt about the anniversary which had been held. It was a real shame that communications had broken down because his Sister, Half Sister and Half Brother were all still alive back then. Opportunity missed sadly. I understand that a nephew was present and gave a picture of T V Heyes and his crew to a lady who lives/lived in the village. I can only assume that this gentlemen was from his Widows side of the family as my uncle had no children. Would love to track him down.

    On my list of things to do = Visit Pulverbatch Church to see the plaque.

    Kind Regards
    Sue Simpson

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    Quote Originally Posted by alieneyes View Post
    Hello Sue,

    From http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?10638-Thum-Spitfire-PM628-Lost-4th-March-1954

    we see he was in No. 100 Squadron during the war.

    http://www.jcproctor.co.uk/raflist7.html narrows down the time he was with 100 Squadron should a member have the Operations Record Book for No. 100 Squadron. It further states he was a Warrant Officer but commissioned a Pilot Officer 1 March 1944 and his DFC was gazetted on 18 April, 1944.

    Regards,

    Dave
    Hi Dave

    Have been in contact with John Proctor and due to supply him with some document for his research and web site. Many Thanks
    Sue

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    Hello Sue,
    With regard to your uncle's time on 100 Squadron,he was posted in with his crew from 1656 Conversion Unit 24/8/43.
    He flew his second pilot sortie with Sgt.J.H.Berry and crew on 27-28/8/43 to Nuremburg and then flew a further 29 sorties with his own crew between 30-31/8/43 and 27-28/1/44,including ten to Berlin.On completion of his tour,he was posted to 1662 Conversion Unit 11/2/44.
    His crew was;
    1800491 Sgt.Peter Leonard Osborn Ashenden,F/E,29 sorties,commissioned 9/12/43 service number 170179.Later awarded DFC for service on 170 Squadron.
    1434962 Sgt.Sydney Edwin Emmett,navigator,29 sorties plus one with 550 Squadron,DFM gazetted 19/5/44.Later awarded bar to DFM for service on 571 Squadron.
    R.139543 Sgt.William Kondra R.C.A.F.,air bomber,29 sorties,DFM gazetted21/4/44.Later commissioned,service number J.90036.
    1577347 Sgt.G.R.Jenkins,WO/AG,28 sorties.
    1872296 Sgt.Kenneth Walter Kemp,A/G,29 sorties.Later awarded DFM for service on 578 Squadron.
    1820915 Sgt.John Samuel Ross,A/G,23 sorties plus 5 with P.R.M.Neal crew.Later commissioned,service number 191501.
    Sgt.Ross was replaced as A/G on occasion by Sgt.J.W.Nash,later 550 and 576 Squadrons,and P/O.G.C.Orme,later 550 Squadron,killed 23-24/12/43.Sgt.Jenkins was replaced on one sortie by Sgt.R.J.Martin.
    Above information taken from Squadron Operational Record Books,The London Gazette,The Canada Gazette,Ian Tavender's DFM Register and the very useful airforce.ca site.

    Hope this is of interest,
    Regards,Mark Simpson.
    Last edited by MSIMPSON; 18th May 2013 at 07:50.

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    [QUOTE=MSIMPSON;87382]Hello Sue,
    With regard to your uncle's time on 100 Squadron,he was posted in with his crew from 1656 Conversion Unit 24/8/43.
    He flew his second pilot sortie with Sgt.J.H.Berry and crew on 27-28/8/43 to Nuremburg and then flew a further 29 sorties with his own crew between 30-31/8/43 and 27-28/1/44,including ten to Berlin.On completion of his tour,he was posted to 1662 Conversion Unit 11/2/44.
    His crew was;
    1800491 Sgt.Peter Leonard Osborn Ashenden,F/E,29 sorties,commissioned 9/12/43 service number 170179.Later awarded DFC for service on 170 Squadron.
    1434962 Sgt.Sydney Edwin Emmett,navigator,29 sorties plus one with 550 Squadron,DFM gazetted 19/5/44.Later awarded bar to DFM for service on 571 Squadron.
    R.139543 Sgt.William Kondra R.C.A.F.,air bomber,29 sorties,DFM gazetted21/4/44.Later commissioned,service number J.90036.
    1577347 Sgt.G.R.Jenkins,WO/AG,28 sorties.
    1872296 Sgt.Kenneth Walter Kemp,A/G,29 sorties.Later awarded DFM for service on 578 Squadron.
    1820915 Sgt.John Samuel Ross,A/G,23 sorties plus 5 with P.R.M.Neal crew.Later commissioned,service number 191501.
    Sgt.Ross was replaced as A/G on occasion by Sgt.J.W.Nash,later 550 and 576 Squadrons,and P/O.G.C.Orme,later 550 Squadron,killed 23-24/12/43.Sgt.Jenkins was replaced on one sortie by Sgt.R.J.Martin.
    Above information taken from Squadron Operational Record Books,The London Gazette,The Canada Gazette,Ian Tavender's DFM Register and the very useful airforce.ca site.

    Hope this is of interest,
    Regards,Mark Simpson.[/

    QUOTE] Many thanks Mark. I have seen an article written by William Kondra on a Canadian web site. Made interesting reading.

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