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    Default S/L P.D.C. Thomas DFC 55 Squadron

    Hello,

    Could you help to find some informations on S/L Peter Damian Court Thomas DFC 41081,
    killed 2/11/1942 with 55 Squadron.
    Thank you !

    Alain.

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    2 November 1942

    55 Squadron.
    Baltimore III AH109
    Op: Army Co-operation

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    S/L. P D C. Thomas DFC +
    W/O. L. Smith +
    Sgt. K G. Lambert +
    Sgt. L A. Buckthorpe +
    Lt. J M. Simpson SAAF +

    Took off 0846 hrs LG 86 (Egypt) one of twelve Baltimore's of 55 Squadron and five B-25s of 434 Squadron USAAF detailed to attack enemy motor transport at PP866.303 El Daba. Hit over the target by heavy and accurate flake, the aircraft crashed in flames at 0901 hrs, 16 km SE of El Daba. Lt Simpson was the Senior Intelligence Officer of No.232 Group. All are commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    RAF Bomber losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean - Gunby / Pelham temple.

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    Thank you for these details, and what about his DFC ?

    Alain.

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    Alain, Herewith the DFC:
    Air Ministry.
    29th April, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: —
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Flying Officer Peter Damien Court THOMAS (41081), No. 223 Squadron.
    This officer has been continuously employed as an operational pilot since the outbreak of war with Italy and has completed some 40 operational flights with marked success. On a recent night patrol he attacked an ammunition train by dive-bombing and when this had proved unsuccessful, he continued the attacked with incendiary ammunition eventually setting the train on fire and destroying it. His night raids have been outstanding. He has frequently remained over his target for an hour at a time, dropping his bombs singly and then attacking the ground defences with machine gun fire. Flying Officer Thomas has proved himself to be a daring pilot and has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest determination.
    Regards, Terry

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    Thank you Terry !

    Alain

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