Pilot Officer Thomas Rex ODGERS

Service No: 401659
Born: Castlemaine VIC, 3 May 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 March 1941
Unit: No. 199 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Lakenheath
Died: Air Operations: (No. 199 Squadron Stirling aircraft EE193), Germany, 28 August 1943, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Elsie Sherwin Odgers, of Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia; husband of Marjorie Joyce Odgers, of Castlemaine
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the night of 27/28 August 1943 Stirling EE193 took off from Lakenheath detailed to bomb Nurnberg, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed at Futtersee, 13 kms north north east of Scheinfeld, Germany, and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of EE193 were:

Sergeant Benjamin Joseph Barton (1382842) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Lancelot Walter Davies (1332402) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant Cyril Elvett Gregory (576245) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Pilot Officer Thomas Rex Odgers (401659) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Barton Thomas Eric Parker (412420) (RNZAF) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Roland Ernest James Rees (1386919) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Thomas William Albert Wilkes (1322035) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/31/96

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