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Thomas, Arthur Gwilyn (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1943-01-17

Male Head

Age: 23

Son of George H and Jane Thomas (nee Jones), of Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales

Husband of Lilian Thomas (nee Jones), of Twynyrodyn, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Service
RAF
Unit
50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sic Fidem Servamus (Thus we keep faith)
Base
Skellingthorpe
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Service Numbers
648382

50 Squadron RAF (From Defence To Attack) RAF Skellingthorpe. Lancaster BIII aircraft ED 471 VN-? was lost near Schleswig, Germany during a night operation over Berlin, Germany. Cause of loss and crash location were not determined. The entire crew were lost

FS AG Thomas (RAF) was killed in action

International Bomber Command Centre International Bomber Command Centre

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Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Flight Sergeant Arthur Gwilyn Thomas was exhumed and reburied.

Re-Burial
Google Map Kiel War Cemetery, Germany
Joint Grave 4 H 16-17

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED471

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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RCAF On Strength (234), RCAF 6 Group (5), RCAF 400 Squadron (7), Canadian Aircraft Losses (1732)
last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III ED471

With No. 50 Sqn. Missing on operation to Berlin 17/18 Jan 1943. 5 operational hours (first op?).


50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Sic Fidem Servamus

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