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    Default Thomas Dawson 629727 Battle of Britain, Battle of the Atlantic, 1BFTS Terrell Texas

    Hello all

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    I recently discovered that my Grandfather Thomas Dawson, who sadly died in 1979, was a wireless operator / air gunner in 235 Squadron, took part in the Battle of Britain and the Battle of the Atlantic, and spent nearly 3 further years during the war training wireless operation at No 1 British Training Flying School in Terrell Texas.

    Our family knew he was a wireless operator in WW2, but until I inherited his medals and ordered his records we had no idea that he was in the BofB or flew so many sorties.

    I was able to have his entry updated on the Battle of Britain Memorial website, and downloaded all of his squadron logs.

    I have created a personal website to store some of the information I have found here -

    https://thomasdawsonraf.com/

    This includes details of his 110 sorties, and a short life story concentrating mainly on his RAF career.

    I discovered through his flight logs that he was the gunner on a mission that nearly ended in disaster, flown by a Fl/L Goddard, who was shot in the foot, and the Navigator Sgt Wedlock assisted him back to England.

    I then discovered this post in your archives -

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/13439.php

    I basically wondered if anything further was known about this flight, although I can obviously happily confirm that my Grandfather survived this and the war.

    My Grandfather, like many, spoke little of the war although I know he kept in touch with colleagues afterwards.

    We are a very proud family.

    Hope to hear from some of the you.

    Regards
    David Ross

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    Hi David, welcome aboard!

    I have checked the Squadron ORB but there is nothing about this particular sortie in question.

    The only thing I can recommend is to wait when a particular file of AIR 81 - Air Ministry: P4 (Cas) Files relating to casualties suffered during air operations and aircraft accidents 1939-1945 would be available and visit TNA in Kew.

    The reference is: http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ls/r/C16688356

    Good luck with your further research

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Thanks Pavel

    I've done exactly that, and they have found a file and are in the process of digitising it to email to me.

    I'm hoping to hear from them soon.

    Thanks again and regards,

    David

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