MCCRORIE Thomas Fraser
Regiment : 75 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number : 68770
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 23rd June 1943 aged 27
Buried : Hemelumer Oldeferd (Molkwerum) Protestant Churchyard, Netherlands, Grave 190.
Relatives : Son of John Andrew and Margaret McCrorie; husband of Joan McCrorie, of Broom, Warwickshire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Bidford on Avon War Memorial. Bidford on Avon St Laurence Church.
On the night of 22nd June 1943 a total 0f 557 aircraft took part in a raid on Mulheim in the Ruhr Valley in Germany. Thomas McCrorie was the Pilot of Stirling MKIII EH889 AA-Z which took off at 23.48 from Newmarket to take part in the Mulheim raid. The aircraft never reached its target, it was shot down in the early hours of 23rd June over the Netherlands by a German night-fighter, crashing into the Ijsselmeer and killing all on board. A total of 35 aircraft from 75 Squadron were lost during the raid.