Thomas William Taylor

Sergeant Thomas William Taylor (405529) served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during WW2. He was killed in a B24 Liberator Mk III crash in Co. Antrim.

Sergeant

Thomas William Taylor

405529

Sergeant Thomas William Taylor (405529) served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during WW2. He was killed in a B24 Liberator Mk III crash in Co. Antrim.

Sergeant Thomas William Taylor (405529) served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Sidney James Taylor and Evelyn May Taylor of Koromiko, Marlborough, New Zealand.

The New Zealander was an air gunner attached to Royal Air Force 120 Squadron. His final mission was on board Liberator Mk III LV340/X at the age of 20 years old.

The Liberator took off from RAF Ballykelly, Co. Londonderry bound for RAF Nutts Corner, Co. Antrim on a test flight on 21st August 1942.

Liberator LV340 Crash

At 1150hrs, the plane came down in low cloud and mist. The wreckage was strewn on the 1100 feet slopes of Big Trosk Mountain to the north of Waterfall Road, north-west of Carnlough, Co. Antrim.

All eight men on board died in the accident. The others were from the Royal Air Force and included a decorated ace from World War One.

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRole
DearMFFlying OfficerPilot
MeyerABSergeantSecond Pilot
GompertsABPilot OfficerNavigator
HumphreyCSergeantFlight Engineer
AinslieRPilot OfficerWireless Operator / Air Gunner
McQuayISergeantWireless Operator / Air Gunner
TaylorTWSergeantWireless Operator / Air Gunner
Goode DSO DFC AFCHKGroup CaptainPassenger

Thomas William Taylor’s grave is in Plot W, Grave 13 Finlagan Church of Ireland Churchyard, Tamlaght, Co. Fermanagh.

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