M.841

First Officer

[Seconded from RAF] 

Thomas Frank Thompson 
 flag england b. 31 Mar 1921, London   28 Jan 1943 to 27 Aug 1944

   ATA

  ATA    

Father: Thomas George Thompson, mother: Fanny Edith Rosetta [Galloway] of 54 Patmos Rd, London SW9

Ed. Reay Central Borough Polytechnic (National Certificate of Electrical Engineering)

prev. an electrical engineer; Sgt, RAF Lichfield from 14 Jan 1942

prev. exp. 140 hrs on Tiger Moth, Oxford, Wellington

Address in 1944: 521 Lordship Lane, E Dulwich, SE22

"Turned down night flying - scared" "Rather nervous"


 Postings: 6FPP, 5TFPP, 14FPP

Reprimanded for negligence on 18 Nov 1943 when he taxied Hurricane Z4924 into a mooring block at Barton airfield and nosed over, damaging the propeller. His instructor said "I firmly believe that this pilot's trouble is due to a very poor retentive memory and inclined to carelessness and taking chances"

3 other accidents, one his fault

- 27 Oct 1943, forced landing in Anson N9536 after engine failure

- 30 Nov 1943 in Barracuda II LS486 which weather-cocked to starboard when landing, ran off the runway and the undercarriage collapsed.

 

On 21 Jun 1944 he was absent, having been on leave; when he returned he said this was due to "some trouble with a flying bomb which had damaged his house"

"A quiet and efficient pilot and a well disciplined NCO." "Navigation and map reading very good"


janes airspeed oxford

 d. 17 Aug 1944 (age 24)  in Oxford PH235.

Ferrying from Airspeed's factory in Portsmouth to 44 MU Edzell, Angus, Scotland; for an unknown reason (possibly hitting HT cables), the aircraft dived into the ground at about 17:30 near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.

The two passengers, Third Officers John Douglas Dale (M.968) and Archibald Campbell Couser (M.967) were also killed.

 

"HOLMES CHAPEL 'PLANE CRASH

THREE KILLED

Three pilots of the Air Training Auxiliary (A T.A.) were killed when their 'plane crashed in a field off Knutsford-road. Holmes Chapel, last Thursday. They were Thomas Frank Thompson (23). chief pilot, of 31 Patmos-road. London ; John Douglas Dale (23). of 14. St. Mary's Crescent, Blackhill. Durham, and Archibald Campbell Couser (24), of 73, High Pleasance Falkirk. Their 'plane was seen flying low over the the village before diving suddenly to earth. The bodies were recovered from a wood thirty yards away.

At the inquest conducted by Mr R. A. Daniel on Monday Dr. A. D. Picton said he saw the machine flying level over the village at about 500 feet. Within a second or so it went into a fairly steep dive and crashed behind some trees. His impression was that the engines cut out and that the machine then dived. Before that he thought the engines were working normally.

Norman Forshaw, electrical engineer, Macclesfleld Road. Holmes Chapel. and Walter Caulfield, 30. Middlewich-road, Holmes Chapel. also gave evidence.

A Captain of the A.T.A. said it was a bad crash—too bad to ascertain any technical cause. The Coroner recorded a verdict of " Accidental death" in each case.

First Officer Moore. A.T.A., thanked the local police for their assistance. " - Winsford Chronicle - Saturday 26 August 1944

 

 Buried Streatham Park Cemetery, London


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