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R.A.F. Pilot KIA Grouping
Small grouping to Flying Officer Colin Thwaites RAFVR, service number 125888, killed in action 17th April 1943 aged 21. Thwaites was serving with 10 OTU on detachment at St. Eval in Cornwall. The unit was seconded to Coastal Command for anti-submarine duties over the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. At the time of his death Thwaites was in an Armstrong Whitley V (BD226) with his crew Sgt. L G Smith, Sgt. W Davis, Pilot Officer H W Barnett, Sgt. K Ray & Sgt. J H Reynolds. Over 47 Whitleys were lost during the 11 months of Ops in that area. Grouping comprises the 1939 - 45 star, Atlantic star, War & Defence medals, all complete with ribbons and slip from the Under-Secretary of State for Air / Air Council regarding the posthumous awards. Also comes with one of Thwaites@APOS@s pilot wings . This is a nicely padded example with a paper backing. Thwaites was the son of William & Hilda Thwaites of Carlton, Nottingham and is commemorated on panel 129 of the Runnymede Memorial. Stock code M18794.