Book of Remembrance - Volume  I


Flying Officer Frank MacDonald Thomas 

Royal Canadian Air Force

Son of Ronald F. and Olive A. Thomas, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Died on 08-Jul-1944 at the age of 21 while based at Lantheuil, France.


The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): Cloudy in the morning with rain in the afternoon. Three operations were carried out in the morning. We had the greatest misfortune in losing J20648 F/O F.M. Thomas who was killed this morning. He took-off for an operation early this morning and was hit by flak on crossing into enemy territory. He was returning to 126 Wing for an emergency landing, but overshot on his first attempt. On the second approach, his engine cut and the aircraft hit the ground and burst into flames. Tommy was instantly killed. His death is a sad blow to all members of our Squadron. In the evening he was buried at Beny-sur-Mer. Pilots and groundcrews of our Squadron attended the funeral which was officiated by our very capable Padre Ashford.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 541): A large Chateau at a cross-road just southeast of Falaise was believed to be a German Military Headquarters of some importance. Six Aircraft, each carrying 2 x 500 lb. bombs, were led by F/L Scharff in the first attack on the target. While crossing over the enemy lines just west of Caen, a barrage of heavy flak caused damage to the aircraft flown by F/O Thomas, F.M. Frank reported damage to his aircraft, adding that he was turning back. In attempting an emergency landing at B-4, the aircraft suddenly fell out of control at 100 ft. on the final approach. The machine dove, burst into flames, and one bomb exploded. F/O Thomas was thrown clear of the burning wreckage and died instantly. 

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

J20648 F/O F.M. Thomas is buried at BENY-SUR-MER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, France 

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