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The Airmen's Stories - F/O T P K Higgs


Thomas Peter Kingsland Higgs was born in Oldham, Lancashire on 9th February 1917 and educated at the Royal Masonic School and then at Merton College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and joined the RAF with a direct-entry commission as a University Entrant in October 1938.

With his training completed, Higgs joined 111 Squadron at Croydon on 24th May 1940. He was attached to RAF Uxbridge on 6th June for an R/T course.



On 10th July Higgs, in Hurricane P3671, was attacked by Oblt. Oesau of III/JG 51 over the Channel off Folkestone. Taking evasive action, he collided with a Do17 and lost a wing at 6,000 feet. He baled out but was killed. The Dornier, of 3/KG 2, crashed near Dungeness Buoy.

Higgs was 23. His body was washed ashore at Noordwijk on 15th August. He is buried in Noordwijk General Cemetery, Netherlands.



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