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Bob and Tom Bennett
Photo: John Collier
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Item #: 5968
Bob and Tom Bennett, twin brothers born in Scholes July 1924. Bob joined the Royal Navy, whilst Tom who worked at Santus Toffee Works making Uncle Joes eventually joined the RAF as a Flight Engineer flying Lancaster's on bombing missions over mainland Europe.
On D Day 6 June 1944 Tom who was still only 19 years old flew on a bombing mission over Vire in Normandy France hours before the land invasion in the morning. Tom always said he was the lucky one in respect he would be home for his breakfast whilst the invasion forces faced the enemy head on.
Tom completed nearly 1000 hours flying including transporting aircraft manufactured in the USA as far a field as Karachi. After the war Tom returned to his job as Santus Toffee works until his eventual retirement

Comment by: winnie on 25th April 2008 at 10:25

hi i have a margaret bennett in my family tree born around 1890 she married micheal moran in the 20s any relation ?

Comment by: margaret perkins on 25th April 2008 at 14:32

Thankyou John for this photo, Bob as you know was my uncle, the one obviously on the left. I only met Tommy about twice but I know when they were younger they were very close. They used to play a lot of tennis together and I believe they were both brought up by their Auntie. Uncle Bob was in India during the war and if I can find some of the photos I will send them up to Wiganworld.

Comment by: John Collier on 25th April 2008 at 18:11

Margaret, Many thanks, similarly I never met Bob but Tom used to tell me all about him. I knew the tragic circumstances of his daughter Christine, and that she left two little girls who now are obviously grown up. Is Greta still alive

Comment by: margaret perkins on 27th April 2008 at 18:38

Greta sadly died 2003 and is buried with Bob in Shevington-Christine is buried in Ince cemetery. Bob died about 20 years ago, just before he was due to retire. Funnily enough both Bob an Tommy died of the same heart problem. I am sending a picture of Bob with his van- he was a plumber with Tyldesleys.

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