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    I am looking for any information on Alfred Marshall Thom Royal Flying Corps 1916-1918? He was retired out with the rank of Hon. Major after an air crash in which he received severe head injuries does anyone have any information on this accident.

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    His AIR76 officer record at the Nationa Archives in England, notes that Thom was 'wounded in flying accident 22.11.16', so it is very likely that the RAF Museum at Hendon will hold a casualty card or form for the event.

    I note that, like me, you are of a New Zealand address. Does Thom also have a New Zealand connection (my current project is a biographical account of New Zealanders in the Great War and Russia, 1914-1919)?

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    No he arrived in Australia in 1923 on the SS Benella and was a Farmer in Orbost Gippsland Victoria. In 1938 he returned to England to study Optometry in Europe In 1943 he departed Liverpool on the ship Melbourne Star bound for Australia, which was torpedoed off the coast of Africa by a German U Boat and both he and his wife perished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gengrant View Post
    No he arrived in Australia in 1923 on the SS Benella and was a Farmer in Orbost Gippsland Victoria. In 1938 he returned to England to study Optometry in Europe In 1943 he departed Liverpool on the ship Melbourne Star bound for Australia, which was torpedoed off the coast of Africa by a German U Boat and both he and his wife perished.
    Quite bit of misinformation in the above post.

    Thom arrived in Australia (with his wife) aboard the S.S. "Benalla" (not the "Benella"). He disembarked at Melbourne on 17 February, 1923. His occupation was given as "Engineer".

    The "Melbourne Star", was not "torpedoed off the coast of Africa". She was torpedoed south east of Bermuda, by U-129, on 2 April, 1943. The vessel was hit by three torpedoes causing it to explode, break in half, and sink within two minutes, leaving little chance for the crew and passengers to take to the boats. Among other cargo, the vessel was carrying torpedoes and ammunition, and a deck cargo of 12 crated aircraft. There were 11 survivors, only 4 of whom were later rescued by a VP-63 Catalina.

    See:
    http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/2841.html

    http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship2841.html

    And the following literature:

    U-Boats Off Bermuda:Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944.
    Wiberg,Eric.
    Stroud:Fonthill Media Ltd.,2017.
    pp.215-17

    and ...

    Britain's Sea War A Diary of Ship Losses 1939-1945
    Young,John M.
    Wellingborough:P.S.L. Ltd.,1989.
    p.186-7

    Re Thom's injuries during WW1.

    22/11/1916
    C.F.S. (Home)
    B.E. 2c 4113

    Force landed in confined space due to engine failure.

    Lt A. M. THOM - OK.

    http://rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/ar...87078-thom-a.m.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th August 2019 at 12:34.

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