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Thomas Wilcox Allen

Military

Joined RCAF, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF June 41, 12-4-41 1 x damaged and 1 x probable Bf109,
hit water in Spitfire Vb W3645 strafing enemy coastal freighters damaging his engine and prop, attempted to get back to base and crashed in sea. Missing in action / Killed in Action (KIA) 31-5-42.

Service

Units served with

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1915

Born 1915 son of Mr and Mrs Leslie L. Allen.

Lived in Spartanburg, SC, USA 1939
Educated Wofford College, 429 N Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA 1939

Studied at Wordford College.

Joined RCAF Canada 1940

Joined Royal Canadian Air Force.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

E/A Kill Calais, France 12 April 1941

1 x Bf109 damaged and 1 x Bf109 probable. 12-4-41.

Assigned North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex CM16, UK June 1941

Assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF June 41

Died English Channel 31 May 1942

Hit water in Spitfire Vb W3645 strafing enemy coastal freighters damaging his engine and prop, attempted to get back to base and crashed in sea. Missing in action / Killed in Action (KIA) 31-5-42.

Buried Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Cooper's Hill Ln, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0LB, UK 1945

Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Surrey, UK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2015 17:05:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3495
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1082710/ALLEN,%20THOMAS%20WIL...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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