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Farewell to a Hero

Tom Pierce

Tom Pierce

Thanks to John Wickham for noticing this story in the RAF News:

From Tiger Moths to Lightnings

A World War II hero who went on to have a 32-year career in the RAF has died aged 90. Air Cdre Tom Pierce’s flying experience stretched from Tiger Moth biplanes to Lightning supersonic fighters. He was born in 1919 in Liverpool to Welsh parents – his father, Robertus, had a distinguished WWI record in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He started elementary flying training at Hatfield on Tiger Moths in April 1938 – to see if he was any good as a pilot before being accepted for the RAF. At the start of WWII, he was deployed to France flying Westland Lysanders with No IV (AC) Sqn as part of the British Expeditionary Force; fifty per cent of his fellow pilots did not return after France fell in 1940.

Read the full story in RAF News

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