Thomas Dawson

Pilot Officer Thomas Dawson of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 1st November 1940 while piloting a Handley Page Hampden bomber on a raid over Berlin, Germany.

Pilot Officer

Thomas Dawson


Pilot Officer Thomas Dawson (42339) served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was the son of William Joseph Dawson and Sarah Dawson of "Rosnaree", Eden Crescent, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

On 6th January 1940, Pilot Officer Dawson joined R.A.F. 76 Squadron at R.A.F. Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England from No. 1 Flying Training School at R.A.F. Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland. On 6th April 1940, he then joined R.A.F. 106 Squadron at R.A.F. Finningley, South Yorkshire, England.

Mr. Thomas Dawson, “Rosnaree”, Eden Crescent, Portadown was official informed on Saturday that his son, Pilot Officer Thomas Dawson, R.A.F., is missing.

Pilot Officer Dawson died on 1st November 1940 aged 21 years old while serving in R.A.F. 144 Squadron. He was the Pilot on Handley Page Hampden BI X2915 when it took off from R.A.F. Hemswell, Lincolnshire, England on a night-time raid over Berlin, Germany. The plane was lost without trace.

Pilot Officer Dawson has no known grave and his name is on Panel 7 of the Runnymede Memorial, Egham, Surrey, England. His name is also on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh and the memorial of Portadown College, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

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