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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Quote Originally Posted by Jagan View Post
    Leading Aircraftman Thomas Frank SPIBY 749041,

    A visitor left the following FB message. But this needs to be confirmed:

    My mother in law Olive Moyses at the time lived at 6 peatling road Leicester next door to Thomas Frank Spibys wife Constance Spiby and there son Roger On the night Thomas died both women counted the planes coming back in from there mission as they flew over there houses close to the airfield and all planes were accounted for. Frank's plane crashed on landing at the airbase.his wife who was distraught,went round to my mother in laws to stay while she recovered from the shock. Unfortunately my mother in law and her daughter have both passed away now

    I think the messages may have been mixed up over time - he was certainly aircrew at start of war (Air gunner) but not by 31 July 1941 when he killed he was groundcrew (as confirmed by fact still LAC rank and role) but he was killed in a Motor Accident as stated below in newspaper

    Leicester Evening Mail Sat August 2 1941
    Page 6
    Killed on Duty
    LA/C Thomas Frank Spiby RAFVR of Peating-road, Countesthorpe ,
    has been killed in a motor accident while on duty.
    Mr. Spiby, who was aged 29, leaves a wife
    and one child. His mother is Mrs Neal of Medway-street, Leicester.
    He was the grandson o the late Major T. Spiby of the Leicester
    Joining the RAFVR at the outbreak of war, Mr. Spiby had taken
    part in bombing raid over Norway as an air-gunner, but latterly
    he had been on the ground staff. He was formerly employed by
    Hannibal's of Willow-street, Leicester.

    Additionally he was no where near Leicester when he was killed - I think they mixing up an aircraft accident local on same date ?

    Deaths Sep 1941 (>99%)
    Spiby Thomas F 29 Aldershot 2c 373 Scan available - click to view

    Name: Thomas Frank Spiby
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Death Age: 29
    Birth Year: abt 1912
    Death Date: 31 Jul 1941
    Military Base: Bracknell, Berks
    Service Number: 749041
    Unit: Army Co-Op Cmnd Hq
    Command: Army Co-Op Cmnd
    Residence Place: Countesthorpe, Leicestershire
    Burial Place: Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 24th November 2021 at 08:45.

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Quite . Another family misconception , no aircraft, not aircrew, but still lost his life serving his country and worthy of remembrance

    Thomas Frank Spilby 749041 , attached to HQ ACC , was seriously injured in a motor car accident near Frimley Green and was admitted to the Connaught military hospital, Aldershot, where he died the same day of his injuries

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Thomas Frank Spiby 749041 | attached to HQ Army Co-operation Command | was fatally injured when the RAF lorry in which he was a passenger, overturned on a S bend, knocking down the S bend sign and crashing into a ditch near the Jolly Farmer pub Bagshot at approximately 07:20 Hours on 31 July. He was admitted dangerously ill to Connaught military hospital, North Camp where he died of a broken neck and a frontal bone contusion. The driver LAC Sidney Liscombe was also injured

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