Thomas is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.
Born: 1912, Ipswich.
Died: 20th September 1939; age: 27.
Rank: Sergeant/Navigator; Service Number: 562366.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 150 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Carey Woodmason & Mabel Harriet Woodmason, of Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Brother: WILLIAM GEORGE JACK WOODMASON.
Father: William Carey Woodmason, born 1880, Kensington, Middlesex – died 1935, Suffolk. An Electrician.
Mother: Mabel Harriet Woodmason (nee Rattee), born 1884, Ipswich.
Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at the Sea Front, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
20th September 1939
Aircraft: Fairey Battle I; serial number: L5225; code: JN-L. The aircraft took-off at 11:15, from Écury-sur-Coole, Reims, on a training photographic sortie. 20 minutes into the flight the aircraft suffered engine failure, and had to make a forced landing at Chalons-sur-Marne. L5225 burst into flames. Thomas and John Marsh were killed instantaneously. A seriously injured Jimmy Calvert was taken to Chalons-sur-Marne Military Hospital, where at 20:30 he died. The bodies of the crew were originally laid to rest at Écury-sur-Coole, Reims, before later exhumed and re-buried at Clichy Northern Cemetery.
Photograph courtesy of Patrick.
‘Jimmy’ James Lionel Calvert; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 22; R.A.F. Jimmy had been married for 2 days.
John Leonard Marsh; Aircraftman 1st Class/radio operator/air gunner; age 18; R.A.F.
The community at Écury-sur-Coole erected a three bladed propeller monument in the grounds of the cemetery to remember the crew of L5225.