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    Default 627400 Thomas Plumpton Milligan, P.o.W.

    Hello everyone

    Another query, if anyone can help.

    The Sunderland Echo of Monday, January 15th 1951 carried the following report:

    SOUTHWICK MAN COMMENDED
    Mrs. H. Milligan, of Morgan Street, Southwick, has received word that her son, Warrant Officer Thomas Milligan, R.A.F., was commended in the New Years Honours List for valuable services in the air.
    Joining the R.A.F. 12 years ago, Warrant Officer Milligan was a prisoner of war in Germany after being shot down during a bombing raid.

    His service number and full name are 627400 Thomas Plumpton Milligan, and the P.o.W database on here records his P.o.W. number as 27020, and he was in Camp 344.

    What were the circumstances behind him becoming a P.o.W.? I can't find a report of him being listed as missing in the newspapers, nor can I find in the Flight Magazine casualty lists as missing, so can't pin down a date.

    Many thanks,

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    Your man was with 103 Sqn when his Halifax W1219 was shot down on 6/7 September 1942 by Hptm Siegfried Wandam of 3./NJG1 at 04.00 for his 7th victory. The aircraft crashed at Tegelen 5 kms SW of Venlo in Holland. 7 of the crew were made POWs and only the rear gunner was killed.
    Siegfried Wandam was killed in a landing attempt after combat damage on 3/4 July 1943 with his score at 13 victories.
    If you want the names of the rest of the crew, just ask.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Hi Simon,

    Same here.

    He was lost with Halifax W1219 from 103 Sqn on a Duisburg mission, 6-7 Sep 1942.

    (Chorley 1942 - page 206)

    A crewmember, Acting Flight Lieutenant Leonard Charles PIPKIN evaded, helped by the Comète over the Pyrenees.

    http://www.evasioncomete.org/fpipkinlc.html

    It is in French, but you can translate.

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Many thanks indeed John and Finn, much appreciated. I've found the entry for W1219 in BCL 1942, so have the full crew names.

    Interestingly I found this on the National Probate Calendar:

    MILLIGAN Thomas Plumpton of 20 Argyll Drive, Rheindahlen, Germany, died 12 June 1966 at R.A.F. Hospital, Wegberg, Germany.

    Regards

    Simon
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    Hello Simon,
    Sgt.Milligan was lost on his eighth sortie,one abortive,with 103 Squadron,all with the crew of S/L.C.K.Saxelby.Saxelby had been with 103 Squadron since 25/2/42 on Wellingtons and was lost on his 26th sortie,plus one second pilot sortie,two abortive and one did not bomb,so was possibly near the end of his tour.
    Hope this is of interest,
    Regards,Mark.

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    Col and Mark

    Thank you both for the additional info, your help is very much appreciated.

    Regards

    Simon

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