THOMAS, leuan, Flight Lieutenant (134556) – No. 192 Squadron – Distinguished Flying Cross – awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945. No. citation. Information from Spink catalogue of 5 November 2003.. .The recommendation states:

‘This officer has completed a tour of operations on heavy bomber aircraft as an Air Bomber and Special Operator. He has taken part in both bombing and special missions and due to his outstanding efficiency, much extremely valuable information has been obtained. He has at all times shown remarkable keenness not only to partake in operations but also to impact his knowledge to other members of this Squadron’.

Remarks by Station Commander:
‘The work of a special operator in this Squadron is extremely difficult and calls for an exceptionally high degree of skill and efficiency. Thomas has given a very good account of himself on operations and by his untiring efforts has obtained much valuable information about the enemy.’

Remarks by Air Officer Commanding:
‘The exceptionally high degree of skill and efficiency of this Special Operator has done much to help his Squadron obtain valuable results from their special investigational work. He has been untiring in his efforts.’

THOMAS, leuan,, Wing Commander, DFC – Officer, Order of the British Empire – awarded as per London Gazette dated 27 December 1969.

Group Captain leuan ‘Tommy’ Thomas, OBE, DFC.. (1921-2000), commissioned 1942, flew with 620, 214 and 192 Squadrons, operations listed in the very detailed Log Books include: 15.9.43 Montlucon, Dunlop rubber factor; 16.9.43 Modane, Marshalling yards, station and railroad tunnels through Alps; 22.9.43 Hanover, combat with intruder on return; 18.11.43 Mannheim-Ludwigshaven, FW. 190 destroyed by Sgt. Read; 19.11.43 Leverkusen D.N.C.O. rear turret U.S., ME 110 destroyed F/S Gilpin; 7.5.44 Nantes (Airfield), what a dirty great moon-ugh!; 12.8.44 Brunswick shot up by flak over Bremen and Wilhelmshaven, port outer u/s; 18.12.44 Gydinia (Poland); landed with F.I.D.O; 25.4.45 Berchtesqagen, A. Hitler’s house and S.S. guard huts; Group Captain 1969; retired 1976.

Murray Peden, author of ‘A Thousand Shall Fall’, remembers ‘Tommy’ Thomas in a letter to his brother dated 20.12.2000. ‘I appreciate your courtesy all the more because ‘Tommy’ (as we all called him) was, and will remain, an outstanding figure in my mental picture of our 214 Squadron aircrew. I shall always remember him as the most cheerful flyer of the squadron, and cheerful at times – with most of us – that did not make for an abundance of that characteristic.’

I mentioned in my book, “A Thousand Shall Fall”, that Jake Walter’s crew (with Tommy as Bomb-aimer) had had a string of ‘near-miss’ trips, several of which were of the most frightening character imaginable. Outwardly, these fazed Tommy not at all, although inwardly the strain had to have been intense. His great sense of humour never deserted him, and when Jake and Tommy and I got together in the mess on nights when we weren’t flying, we chaffed each other with great spirit’.