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Photo: John Collier
Item #: 5968
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
hi i have a margaret bennett in my family tree born around 1890 she married micheal moran in the 20s any relation ?
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.
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
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.