Pilot Officer Thomas James Muir RCAF

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Pilot Officer Thomas Muir RCAF

Crew Pilot Officer Thomas James Muir
Service Number J/213309 RCAF
Awards  
Awarded  
Citation  
Squadrons No.623 Squadron
   
Known Movements No.22 EFTS
  No.26 O.T.U
  No.1651 Con.Unit  (out 17.09.1943)
  No.623 Squadron 20.09.1943
   
Promotions Pilot Officer 04.12.1942
  Temporary Flying Officer 04.06.1943

 

OPERATIONS FLOWN

No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market (Short Stirling Mk.III)

22.09.1943
Flight Lieutenant D Smith DFM
2nd Pilot
Hannover
EF493 IC-A

This aircraft bombed the target on Green TI markers and concentrated were reported with much smoke. An enemy aircraft (Ju88) attacked but was claimed shot down by the mid upper gunner and rear gunner over the target area. Our aircraft had starboard wing tip shot off during combat but returned safely to base.

24.09.1943
Pilot
Mining (Nectarines)
EF489 IC-F

 Took DR run to garden in poor visibility. Six mines were planted successfully..

03.10.1943
Pilot
Kassel
EH994 IC-P

 MISSING

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The customary letter to the family sent by the squadron’s commanding officer Wing Commander Wynne-Powell.

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Flying Officer Muir’s grave with temporary head stone, Hannover 1947

Notes

Aircraft was seen circling on fire, crashed into an allotment off a street called Hartwig. The bodies of the crew were found nearby. They were initially buried in the Kassel Cemetery, Muir in grave No.62.

Shot down Major Helmut Lent of Stab NJG3 at 22.27hrs over Harleshausen, there was only one survivor the Canadian bomb aimer Sergeant Lloyd Moore. The crew are buried in the Hannover War Cemetery. While carry out the attack on Stirling EH995 over Harleshausen Major Lents Bf110 D5-AA came under accurate return fire from both gunners. Major Lent sustained injuries described as a bullet wound through the left index finger and his first and second joint of his thumb. He also received splinters wounds to his left hand. Despite these wounds Lent pressed home his attack and destroyed the Stirling. He managed to land his Me110 back at Stade, he did not fly again until November 9th 1943. This was Major Lents 80th kill.

Additional Notes

Born June 16th 1921 Montreal, Canada.  Thomas was a keen sports man with a preference for swimming and rugby. Worked as a clerk in the Royal Bank of Canada.

While under training with 22 EFTS based at Theale, Berkshire misjudge his approach while landing in Tiger Moth II T.6918. Coming into land downwind too fast almost collided with a building, opened up the throttle only to have a larger building almost directly in his flight path avoided by turning into a large tree, where the Tiger Moth came to an abrupt halt. Survived shaken and bruised. Chief flying Instructor recorded “Gross carelessness on the part of the pilot”

At the end of his course at No.26 Operational Training Unit the officer commanding remarked “ An above average pilot, has done very well on the course. Is an exceptionally keen and well disciplined captain and leader of his crew”.