F/SGT TOM "SONNY" DAWSON
460 SQUADRON RAAF

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Subject:    F/Sgt Tom "Sonny" Dawson RAFVR, 460 Squadron RAAF
Date:             Mon, 16 Aug 1999 19:42:04 +0100
From:           Euan Taylor <euan@taylor.sol.co.uk>

Peter,

My wife's cousin, Tom (I think "Sonny" was used only by the family) died 31/3/1944 on the Nuremberg raid. He was Scottish, from near Stirling, and either an AG or W/Op.

On this last sortie I believe he flew with:

S/L E A G Utz, DFC and bar RAAF
Sgt K E Green,
P/O R J McCleery RAAF (only survivor)
P/O J H Thomson DFM RAAF
F/O J Howarth DFM
P/O A G J Chadwick-Bates DFC RAAF.

I would be grateful if there is anyone who could provide me with any memory of Tom and/or life on 460 Squadron at Binbrook in 1943/44.

Thanks,

Euan Taylor

 

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Subject:    F/O Francis Randall DFC
Date:             Mon, 16 Aug 1999 20:35:46 +0100
From:           Euan Taylor <euan@taylor.sol.co.uk>

To:                brianth@home.com

Brian

I read your e-mail regarding F/O Randall on Peter Dunn's website. Just in case you haven't found out already, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have a site (http://www.cwgc.org/cwgchome.htm) which holds the following commemoration:

FRANCIS ARCHIBALD RANDALL DFC

Flying Officer
413896
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on
Thursday, 16th December 1943. Age 21.

Additional Information:    Son of Francis George and Agnes Mell Randall, of Forrest Lodge, New South Wales, Australia. B.Sc., (Sydney). Bronze Life Saving Medal.

Cemetery:       CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference/Panel Number:    Grave 13916.

Historical Information:  This cemetery, formerly known as Cambridge Borough Cemetery, was opened in 1903 and covers 25 acres of land. The cemetery contains war graves of both world wars. The 1914-1918 War burials number nearly 200 and are mostly in two war plots, one in the southern part of the burial ground, known as the Dominion Plot, and the other on the northern boundary. On the western border of the Dominion Plot stands the Cross of Sacrifice, while in the centre of the other is a memorial cross of Portland stone which was erected by private subscription. The 1939-1945 War graves, too, are mainly in two War Graves Plots, but there are 57 graves scattered in other parts of the cemetery. These plots comprise a Service plot established in 1940 and an Air Force plot set aside by the Corporation in 1942 to accommodate casualties from the Air Force stations set up in Eastern Counties during the war. These included Bomber Command bases in Lincolnshire and Fighter Stations in Norfolk and Suffolk. The Air Force plot, of level mown turf, is surrounded by a yew hedge and in the spring daffodils cover the headstone borders, whilst red polyantha roses bloom throughout the rest of the year. The Stone of Remembrance, bearing the words "Their Name Liveth for Evermore", taken from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, which was unveiled by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Tedder in July 1951, stands near the centre of the plot on a lawn flanked by trees of flowering cherry and silver birch. The other plot containing the 1939-1945 War burials is considerably smaller, the graves being in level lawns with headstone flower borders.

Regards,

Euan Taylor

 

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Subject:   F/Sgt Tom "Sonny" Dawson RAFVR, 460 Squadron RAAF
Date:           Sun, 28 Nov 1999 22:06:45 +0000
From:          Euan Taylor <euan@taylor.sol.co.uk>

Hi Peter,

Back in August I sent you a query about my wife's cousin.

Since August I've discovered that Tom was most frequently mustered as part of D.B. Moodie's crew who I believe completed his tour and survived - but I'm not sure!!

Regards & thanks very much.

Euan Taylor

 

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Subject:   F/Sgt Tom "Sonny" Dawson RAFVR, 460 Squadron RAAF
Date:           Tue, 30 Nov 1999 12:35:34 +0000
From:          Euan Taylor <euan@taylor.sol.co.uk>

Hi Peter,

I've ordered a copy of Strike & Return from a specialist dealer over here but they've not been able to source one yet. I can see that I'm going to have to try for a copy from Australia.

Many thanks for all your help.

Regards,

Euan

  

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