Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O T F Guest

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Thomas Francis Guest was born in 1918 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Gloucester Regiment (TA) on 2nd December 1936. At some time later he was seconded to the RAF and he was commissioned therein in March 1940.

He was posted to 79 Squadron on 17th September and moved to 56 Squadron at Boscombe Down on 15th October. He claimed a Me109 destroyed on 6th November 1940.

On 23rd November 1940, in Hurricane P2910, he collided with Sgt. W Szafraniec during a formation practice near Middle Wallop. Szafraniec, in Hurricane V7569, was killed. Guest survived unhurt.

Guest was still with 56 Squadron when he was shot down by JG51 over the French coast in Hurricane IIA Z2763 on 26th April 1941.

He was taken prisoner, processed through Dulag Luft and Stalag Luft I at Barth before ending up in Stalag Luft III at Sagan.

He was ‘Head Tailor’ at the camp, providing German military uniforms and civilian clothes for various escape enterprises, including the Great Escape in 1943.

Guest was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

 

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