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    Default F/S. W G. Thomas RAFVR

    Hi All,

    Looking for details leading to the loss of the following airman.

    Any help would be appreciated

    Regards
    Peter

    THOMAS, WILLIAM GEOFFREY
    Initials: W G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 5 Sqdn.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 30/09/1942
    Service No: 655563
    Additional information: Son of Joshua Hugh Thomas and Winifred Margaret Thomas, of Devizes, Wiltshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 414.
    Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

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    Peter, Hi,
    This one could be interesting. His Service Number would seem to indicate that he transferred from the Army to the RAFVR in Jan 1939. Why?, and how come he ends up in the Far East?
    HTH
    Peter Davies

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    Hi Peter,

    Interesting indeed, more so than I thought, hope someone can come up with the answer.

    Regards
    Peter

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    Thomas was killed when his Mohawk crashed during an attack on Akyab satellite field, possibly due to pilot error. Seems the airfield was a dummy one, and the aircraft on the ground turned out to be dummy aircraft. Shores doesn't give a serial number.

    From Vol 3 of Shores' et al "Bloody Shambles"

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    EDIT: According to Beauchamp's "Mohawks over Burma" the aircraft was AX895, and Thomas hit a tree during the attack
    Last edited by Amrit; 4th October 2008 at 12:12.

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    Many thanks Amrit. Must add Shores book to my wish list.

    Regards
    peter.

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    Peter,

    From his service number he transferred over around March 1941.

    655673 F/S (F/l) L.J Sumpter DFC,DFM Dambuster 617 Sqn Transfers April 1941

    I don't believe any of the Army Transfers made it out to Singapore before the fall. Thomas must of been a recently qualified pilot. Although he was a Flight Sergeant !

    Mark

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    Many thanks Mark,

    Any info is appreciated, it all adds to the bigger picture.

    Regards
    Peter.

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