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459 RAAF Squadron

Service No. 1247513 (RAF)

Date of Birth: Unknown

Place of Birth: Unknown

Date of Enlistment: Unknown

Date of Discharge: Unknown

Rank: LAC

Date of Death: 17 May 2014

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Hodgson Tom
Tom on front of plane
Day off Ras_el_Bar by the sea_5
Desert whirlwind
Arrival at Burg-El-Arab_myself on the right & 2 RAF chaps
Tom & Ray Farmer _1
Cpl Farmer and my rigger during our stay with 459_photo 27
Tom at the beach
Cpl Chippy Farmer_459 Carpenter talem after the Squdns disbanded
PO Cory flying and doing a low pass over Gambut in a Hudson _17
Desert Lillies_Gambut_photo2
Cpl Chippy Farmer RAAF taken afater we disbanded
Cpl Crozier RAF Police having a bit of fun with Johnie Lower RAF flt Mech at Gamut
Tom taken at Gambut
WO Nobby Tuttle_24
Tom & Bill Longhurst
Recent photo of Tom the Pom


“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."

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