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    Default P/O W.V. Thom J/21028 RCAF - only survivor from Halifax LL139

    P/O WV Thom, RCAF, J/21028 was the only survivor of the mid-air explosion that claimed the lives of 427 Sqn Ldr Douglas Arnot and his all-commissioned crew on 21/22 Jan 1944. Can anyone help with ideas on tracing him after his release as a PoW?

    His first names would be a start. I can then see if he died prior to 1989 so I can send to Ottawa for his file.

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    David

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    hello,

    From WO344/315/2 in Kew, his PoW questionnaire, he was Wiliam Victor THOM.
    Service number J/21028.
    Born 24 May 1911.
    Enlisted 17 July 1941.
    His address at the time was 780 Alverstone street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
    He was captured near Kothen on the 22nd of January 1944. Stayed there until the 27th.
    "Ober Russel" (sic) Frankfurt, 27/1/44 to 18/2/44*
    Stalag Luft III Sagan, 22/2/44 to 28/1/45
    Oflag IIIA Luckenwalde 4/2/45 to 20/5/45.
    I only have the front page.

    Joss

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    That's great Joss, thanks very much. That will help my search a lot.
    David

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    "Ober Russel" (sic) was Dulag (Durchgangslager) Luft (Air) Ober Ursel near Frankfurt am Main.

    Henk.

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    hello,

    I know Henk, it was just to show that sometimes the men who filed these questionnaires only heard the name and wrote it as they thought. I have seen airmen who didn't even give the correct Squadron to which they belonged to !

    Joss

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