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Thomas, James Copeland (Flight Lieutenant)

Evader 1943-February-13

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

35 (PFF) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Uno Anima Agimus We Act with One Accord
RAF Graveley
Flight Lieutenant
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Flight LieutenantF/L
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Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
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Halifax B.Mk.II W7885

Bombing Lorient France 1943-February-13 to 1943-February-13

35 (PFF) Sqn (RAF) RAF Graveley

35 Madras Presidency Squadron (Uno Amino Agimus) RAF Graveley Pathfinder Force. Halifax III aircraft W 7885 TL-B failed toreturn from an operation against the submarine pens at Lorient, France. Hit by Flak over the target and subsequently abandoned, the Halifax crashed near Leigne-ar-Menez 10 km west of Carhaix, France

F/O WJ Freeman (RCAF was killed in action

Sgt DC Young (RAFVR) survived and was taken as Prisoner of War

Sgt JN Barry (RCAF), F/O GHF Carter (RCAF), F/O JC Thomas (RCAF), Sgt ER Turenne (RCAF) and Sgt R Martin (RAFVR) survived and all became Evaders

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

General Search for France-Crashes 39-45

F/O Thomas evaded capture, escaping to Switzerland 1943-03-13. He was able to join up with Allied Forces in France 1944-09-16

RAF Evaders, The Comprehensive story of Thousands of Escapers and Their Escape Lines, Western Europe, 1940-1945 by Oliver Clutton-Brock pages 162,403

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Halifax W7885

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1943-February-04 Flying Officer Survived

Halifax B.Mk.IITL-D


F/O JC Thomas (RCAF) survived, safe

Halifax B.Mk.II W7923

Bombing Hamburg Germany 1943-February-03 to 1943-February-04

35 (PFF) Sqn (RAF) RAF Graveley

35 Madras Presidency Squadron RAF (Uno Anima Agimus), Pathfinder Force, RAF Graveley. Halifax III aircraft W 7923 TL-D was struck by flak in the undercarriage during an operation to Hamburg, Germany. On return to base after the operation, the damage caused by the flak would not allow the undercarriage to be lowered for landing. The pilot, F/O Thomas made a successful belly landing at RAF Graveley and the crew all survived, without injury

F/O GHF Carter (RCAF), F/O JC Thomas (RCAF), Sgt JN Barry (RCAF), F/O WJ Freeman (RCAF), Sgt ER Turenne (RCAF), Sgt R Martin (RAFVR) and Sgt DC Young (RAFVR) all survived safe

This crew would be shot down ten days later during an operation against the submarine pens at Lorient, France 1943-02-13/14

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

General Halifax Losses and Incidents 1943 I No. 35 Squadron

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald Lane, (later Lieutenant-General, RCAF), over the English countryside. Flt Lt Lane and his crew flew twelve operations in W7676, which failed to return from a raid on Nuremberg on the night of 28/29 August 1942, when it was being flown by Flt Sgt D. John and crew.

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

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Halifax B.Mk.II W7885

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Failed to Return, lorient, 14.2.43
Units 35/405/35

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