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Pilot Officer Robert Edward Thornley

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Pilot Officer Robert Edward Thornley

Birth
Death
2 Sep 1942
Flize, Departement des Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Burial
Choloy-Menillot, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot
Coll. grave 3. E. 8-13.
Memorial ID
56180147 View Source

115 Squadron's Vickers Wellington III (#BJ893) bomber aircraft, with an aircrew of six, took off from RAF Marham for a night-time air operation over Saarbrücken, Germany. It is thought that BJ893 was shot down, crashing near Flize in France, taking the lives of the entire crew.
The airmen who perished in this attack and resulting crash were-
RCAF Flight Sergeant James Samuel ORR,
RAF Warrant Officer Laurence ROSEKILLY,
RCAF Flight Sergeant Leslie Jack Willis ROSS,
RCAF Pilot Officer Reginald Albert SHIRES,
RAFVR Pilot Officer Robert Edward THORNLEY and
RAFVR Pilot Officer Richard Albert George TUCKER.

Military Service-
Service Number: 111484
Rank: Pilot Officer
Trade: Air Gunner
Age: 21
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: 115 RAF Squadron; RAF Marham, Norfolk
(Motto: 'Despite the elements')

Son of Robert Frank and Constance Mary Thornley of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.

115 Squadron's Vickers Wellington III (#BJ893) bomber aircraft, with an aircrew of six, took off from RAF Marham for a night-time air operation over Saarbrücken, Germany. It is thought that BJ893 was shot down, crashing near Flize in France, taking the lives of the entire crew.
The airmen who perished in this attack and resulting crash were-
RCAF Flight Sergeant James Samuel ORR,
RAF Warrant Officer Laurence ROSEKILLY,
RCAF Flight Sergeant Leslie Jack Willis ROSS,
RCAF Pilot Officer Reginald Albert SHIRES,
RAFVR Pilot Officer Robert Edward THORNLEY and
RAFVR Pilot Officer Richard Albert George TUCKER.

Military Service-
Service Number: 111484
Rank: Pilot Officer
Trade: Air Gunner
Age: 21
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: 115 RAF Squadron; RAF Marham, Norfolk
(Motto: 'Despite the elements')

Son of Robert Frank and Constance Mary Thornley of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.

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  • Maintained by: SJB Hearn
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56180147
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56180147/robert-edward-thornley: accessed ), memorial page for Pilot Officer Robert Edward Thornley (unknown–2 Sep 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56180147, citing Choloy War Cemetery, Choloy-Menillot, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France; Maintained by SJB Hearn (contributor 46864594).