Sergeant Thomas Freer MacGREGOR-KING

Service No: 407178
Born: Adelaide SA, 2 April 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 July 1940
Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF), RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 12 Squadron Wellington aircraft Z8495), Germany, 6 May 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp-Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Freer Barnes King and Isabella Mary King, of Echunga, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Echunga SA
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Wellington Z8495 took off from RAF Binbrook at 2204 hours in the night of 5 May 1942 to bomb Stuttgart, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. A 1948 report by a Missing Research & Enquiry team stated “The aircraft crashed near Reuth presumably as a result of enemy aircraft. Olzheimj and Reuth are situated 8 and 10 kms respectively north east of Prum, which is about 80 kms south west of Koblenz. All the crew members were killed.”

The crew members of Z8495 were:

Pilot Officer Alan George Hersey (109016) (RAFVR) (Observer)
Sergeant Thomas Freer MacGregor-King (407178) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Herbert John Ody (921915) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Norman Worsley Richardson DFC (404522) (Pilot)
Sergeant Edward Frederick Webb (644998) (RAF) (Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/141/546

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