Flight Sergeant Thomas Norman Gilchrist (1122992) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the son of Robert Gilchrist and Sara Gilchrist of Lurgan, Co. Armagh.
Flight Sergeant Gilchrist died on 1st February 1944 aged 20 years old while serving in R.A.F. 14 Squadron. He was part of the crew of Martin B-26 Marauder I FK-142, R for Robert, named ‘Dominion Triumph’. The plane went down on a reconnaissance mission from Ghisonaccia, Corsica. Fellow Ulsterman Maurice Cheyne Reid also died as a result of the crash.
F/Sgt Eagle completed a patrol from Grottaglie and F/O Yelloly and F/Sgt Reid commenced similar missions from Ghisonaccia. F/O Yelloly completed his sortie but F/Sgt Reid failed to return. The latters crew was as follows – F/Sgt Brown, W/O Western, F/Sgt Gilchrist, F/Sgt Carr and F/Sgt Daley. Five ground personnel arrived as reinforcements ay Grottaglie.
Flight Sergeant Gilchrist has no known grave and his name is on Panel 14, Column 1 of the Malta Memorial, Malta. His name is also on the Lurgan War Memorial, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.