Flight Sergeant Thomas Alfred Delaney served in the Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve) during World War Two. He was a wireless operator and air gunner with RAF 12 Squadron, part of Bomber Command.
Flight Sergeant Delaney died on 10th January 1942. During that winter, RAF 12 Squadron were re-equipped with Wellington Bombers. The cold months were spent in training from their base ar RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire.
Vickers Wellington W5611 Crash
On 10th January 1942, Vickers Wellington Mark II W5611 took off bound for Wilhelmshaven, Germany. It left the airfield at RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire but crashed soon after at 2330hrs.
Reports suggest the port engine failed and caught fire causing a rapid loss of height. The plane crashed one mile east of the village of Brumby and two injured survivors were taken to Scunthorpe Hospital.
Flight Sergeant Delaney died in the incident along with Flight Sergeant CF O’Connell from New Zealand, Sergeant DA Laing, and Flight Sergeant EA Parsons from Canada. The injured men were Pilot Officer HA Stickings and Sergeant CC McAllister.
Thomas Alfred Delaney was the only son of James Patrick Delaney and Mary Delaney of 35 Summerfield Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.
Flight Sergeant Delaney’s grave is in Section A, Square 13, Grave 3 of New Cemetery, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. He is the only member of the Royal Air Force buried in the Ballymena graveyard.