Sergeant Thomas William PAGE

Service No: 26228
Born: Port Lincoln SA, 29 June 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 April 1940
Unit: No. 50 Squadron (RAF), RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 50 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ED712), Germany, 25 June 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Robert and Eliza Maud Page, of Port Lincoln, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Port Lincoln SA
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Lancaster ED712 took off from RAF Skellingthorpe at 2305 hours on the night of 24/25th June 1943 detailed to bomb Wuppertal, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. A Missing Research & Enquiry Team report stated “the aircraft crashed and exploded on impact in a field near the village of Houverath, which is about 45 kms south of
Cologne, Germany.” All of the crew members were killed.

The crew members of ED712 were:

Flight Sergeant John Alexander Brock (409287) (Pilot)
Sergeant Reginald Harry Cookson (658137) (RAF) (Navigator)
Sergeant Thomas William Page (26228) (Flight Engineer)
Warrant Officer II William Pearson (R/123129) (RCAF) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant Leonard Lawrence Seal (658294) (RAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Bernard Veall (1079916) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas Gerald Wilkinson (1123748) (RAFVR) (Rear 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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/32/134

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