Thomas Thomson

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Thomas Thomson

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A brief biography of Thomas Thomson covering his years in the RAF and after.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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THOMAS THOMSON
W/O Thomas Thomson
Service number 1366937

Enlisted 1940 and came to Lincolnshire to serve in bomber command.
He was a navigator on Lancasters.
Based mainly at RAF Fiskerton with 49 squadron
He flew on bombing missions from 1940 to the end of the war.
He told me it became more dangerous towards the end of the war as many of his colleagues were killed so ‘scratch’ crews were put together and they were flying with others they were not familiar with, many of them new recruits.

Before bombing missions each airman left money under his pillow. Those who survived spent it on beer when they got back to base.
At the end of the war he flew frequently to Naples / Southern Italy (believed to be bringing home British troops). My younger uncle remembers he used to return home with wine & cheese.

From 1945 to approximately 1948 he served in the RAF at RAF Scampton. He flew many times to deliver food during the Berlin Blockade.

After he left the RAF in 1948 he refused ever to travel abroad or fly again!

Thomas Thomson was born 23.10.19 in Fife, Scotland. In 1946 he married Kathleen [deleted] Thom [/deleted] ROGERS of Heighington, Lincoln. He lived in Heighington until his death in 1991.

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For many years he ran Heighington, Fen Road Shop and newsagents with his wife. They had one son, Ian, who died in 1993 aged 30.

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“Thomas Thomson,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed August 4, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/26576.

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