Thomas Charles Stevens

Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Thomas Charles Stevens from Ballarat, Victoria died on 29th March 1943 when Beaufort AW277 crashed in Northern Ireland.


Thomas Charles Stevens


Australian Sergeant Thomas Charles Stevens from Ballarat, Victoria was attached to RAF No. 5 Operational Training Unit based in Northern Ireland.

Sergeant Thomas Charles Stevens (9452) served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of John Thomas Stevens and Janet Stevens and husband of Margaret Elva Jean Stevens of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

The 26-year-old was the Navigator and Bomb Aimer on Bristol Beaufort AW277. The plane came down on Colin Mountain, Co. Antrim on 29th March 1943 while returning from a non-operational, night navigation exercise with RAF No. 5 Operational Training Unit. The Beaufort’s last recorded point was less than 20 miles from the aerodrome at RAF Maghaberry, Co. Antrim.

Shortly before 0400hrs, the plane signalled X257 for approximately 3 minutes. It then collided with electrical cables and came down killing all crew members including the Australian airman.

Remembering the crew of Beaufort AW277

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
McKinleyWilliam AlexanderSergeantPilotRAF.
StevensThomas CharlesSergeantNavigator and Bomb AimerRAAF.
StephensEdward Francis HunterSergeantWireless Air GunnerRAF.
RyderPeter HenrySergeantWireless Air GunnerRAF.

Thomas Charles Stevens’ grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section AS, Grave 11 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. His name is on Panel 130 of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia. His headstone in Belfast bears the inscription:

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Duty nobly done.

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