Sir Thomas Sim Beedie

Sir Thomas Sim Beedie

New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death 3 Sep 1945 (aged 26)
Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot Grave Reference:R.A.F. Plot. Grave 19.
Memorial ID 7866648 View Source
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Sir Thomas Sim Beedie was born on January 31st, 1919 in New-Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His father is Mr. George Jemima Beedie. He served as Aircraftman 2nd Class in the Royal Air Force. His service number is 1573866. On September 3rd, 1945, the day of the first memorial for those lost in the war, both Beedie and fellow cadet Raymond Brinley Botcher were involved in deadly accident. The accident occurred just after WWII had ended and all of the British Flying Training Schools were preparing to close, and their students preparing to return home. On his return back from a cross-country flight to San Marcos Texas, his plane unexpectedly crashed into Lake Travis. It has been said that Lake Travis was a popular place for people to gather. Perhaps something distracted Mr. Beedie just before he was to be confronted head-on with the unforgiving surface of the lake. One would hope that his last vision was one of beauty, and that heart was still in the joy and hope of the war over. Beedie’s remains lay to rest at the Oakland Memorial Cemetery, R.A.F. Plot, Grave 19.

Casualty of WWII, Thomas was an Aircraftman 2nd Class in the Royal Air Force; Service No: 1573866. He was killed in training aged 26. He was the son of George and Jemima Beedie, of New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.

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15773866 A-C-2(C) R.A.F. 'As long as life and memories last, we will remember thee.'