Flight Sergeant Peter Henry Thomas

1384747 111 OTU Royal Air Force

Died on Monday, 24th April 1944 aged 27

Personal Information:
Peter Henry was born 22 July 1916 in St. Pancras, the only son of Charles Henry Thomas (1865-1946) and his partner Amy Reffell (1877-1966). Amy was the fifth daughter of Henry Reffell & Sarah Morton.

On 24 April 1944, BZ759 ‘LP’ took off for a final navigation flight dubbed the ‘Kingsley Exercise’, but unfortunately, the aircraft failed to return.

Liberator GR MkV BZ759 ‘LP’

History:
Liberator GR MkV BZ759 ‘LP’ 111 (C) OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Bahamas. The aircraft was delivered to the USAAF on 2 April 1943 as USAAF B-24D-75-CO s/n 42-40590. On the 25 May it was handed over to the Royal Air Force Coastal Command for navigational training.

Flying on BZ759 and also lost that day were:
Flight Lieutenant Philip Raymond AITKEN (123092)
Sergeant Kenneth John CAMERON (1569890)
Sergeant Denis William FUSSELL (1580360)
Flight Sergeant Frederick Archibald PEARCE (1561521)
Sergeant Kenneth POWELL (1398357)
Sergeant Stanley Henry SEAFORTH (1395491)
Flying Officer William Francis SMITH (J/36238)
Sergeant John William James SPILLER (1586438

Memorial:
Panel 3 Column 2 Ottawa Memorial, Ottawa, Canada.
The Ottawa Memorial commemorates almost 800 men and women of the Air Forces of the Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United States of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A. and who have no known graves.