LAC Thomas HODGSON
459 RAAF Squadron
Service No. 1247513 (RAF)
Date of Birth: Unknown
Place of Birth: Unknown
Date of Enlistment: Unknown
Date of Discharge: Unknown
Date of Death: 17 May 2014
“Tom the Pom” served with 459 RAAF Squadron from the end of their Hudson days and conversion to Lockheed Venturas (for some four months) and then Baltimores after.
His rank was LAC, and his trade was Flight Mechanic Engines. He was seconded to the RAAF at the formation of 459 at Burg-el-Arab and the C.O was Squadron/Ldr. Howson.
Tom is in possession of one of the Black Pennants with the RAAF, embroidered in silk, complete with a gold fringe surround, presented to members by the C/O at the time.
Bill Longhurst wrote to the 454 & 459 Association's Secretary recently (2006) to say:-
"Tom and I went to school together! since about the age of 7 yrs, he is 83 this year and I will be 82,quite a long friendship"?, and we both volunteered to join the R A F together but they called on him first, I still ended up in Palestine Aqir, Egypt, Benghazi, Iraq, and Khartoum.
Tom was a great Aero-Modeller, Flying models, and his last effort was a WW2 Wellington Bomber, complete with two engines, retractable undercarriage all operated from the ground, also shown is him wearing the 459 Sqdn Badge " THE SCORPION" along with the black silk banner given to him by the Padre, at the Sqdn formation at Burg-el Arab, 1942."