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« on: April 21, 2018, 14:43:51 PM »

BROWN, THOMAS LESLIE
Rank:Sergeant
Service Number:402028
Date of Death:09/01/1942
Age:21
Regiment/Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Grave Reference:4. H. 15.
Cemetery:BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information:Son of Thomas and Muriel Brown, of Kensington, New South Wales, Australia.


Bomber Command Losses (1942).  Wellington S1312

"To this day, villagers can still recall with clarity those final minutes as the aircraft flew low over the Dorset countryside near Gillingham, the slipstream buffeting rooftops and in one case snuffing out the candle by the bedside of a young boy getting ready to celebrate his birthday. One lady rushed out to see the Wellington pass low overhead, the faces of the crew clearly visible in the early morning light. Moments later she heard a cracking sound, followed by a muffled explosion, as the bomber first clipped a line of high tension cables before smashing into a hillside on the outskirts of Fifehead Magdalen. Miraculously both pilots survived and one was soon found, dazed and bleeding by a local schoolmistress who took him to the local rectory for treatment. Later that same morning airmen from a nearby listening post helped to recover the bodies of those who died."


The four fatalities, all buried at Brookwood, were:

Sergeant Arthur Leslie Hewish

Sergeant Dudley George Taylor

Sergeant Peter Harold Smith

Sergeant Thomas Leslie Brown

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