BEECHER, Thomas Francis

POW German. Plane was a Lancaster LM115 with a mixed crew of Britons, Australians and Canadians. It was shot down over Belgium while returning from a bombing raid on Wesseling, Germany. Beecher was one of three crew members who did not survive. Two of the crew became POWs and two evaded capture. powmemorialballarat website has Beecher as a POW.

Last Name
BEECHER
Given Names
Thomas Francis
Service Number
410208
Date of Birth
17/06/1914
Birth Location
Buchan VIC.
Enlistment Date
05/12/1941
Enlistment Location
Melbourne
1Wags Start Date
02/04/1942
Course Details
WAGS Course 24, 1 W.A.G.S Prisoner Of War
Intake Date
02/04/1942
Finish Date
21/09/1942
To
3 BAGS
Kill or Discharge Date
22/06/1944 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
51 BASE HQ
Rank
Warrant Officer
Operations
Air ops.Wesseling, Germany
Date of Death
22/06/1944
Age
30
Cemetery / Memorial
Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp Belgium
Medals
1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe Star,Defence Medal, War medal 1939-45, Australia Service Medal 39-45
Prisoner of War
POW
Notes

POW German. Plane was a Lancaster LM115 with a mixed crew of Britons, Australians and Canadians. It was shot down over Belgium while returning from a bombing raid on Wesseling, Germany. Beecher was one of three crew members who did not survive. Two of the crew became POWs and two evaded capture. powmemorialballarat website has Beecher as a POW.

Posting on Death
57 Squadron Lancaster
NAA Status
DIGITIZED
1WAGS - Beecher Thomas - Service Number 410208 (edited-2)
1WAGS - Beecher Thomas - Service Number 410208 (edited-2)
1WAGS - BEECHER Thomas Francis - Service Number 410208 (ITS_edited-1)

Acknowledgements

UBC Web DesignAustralian War MemorialCity of BallaratNational Archives of AustraliaRSL Virtual War MemorialDepartment of Veterans+39 Affairs