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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. T C E Berkeley


Thomas Colqhoun Edmonds Berkeley from Tullyhoge, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland was born on 2nd October 1916, the son of James Lowry Berkeley (1876-1941) and Eleanor Patton Paden (1888-1992).

He was employed at Gallaghers Tobacco Factory in York Street, Belfast when joined the RAFVR about June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.



Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 14 FTS, arrived at 6 OTU on 3rd August 1940 and joined 85 Squadron on 2nd September 1940.



In early 1941 the squadron was a night-fighter unit, equipped with Hurricanes, Defiants and Havocs. On the night of 16th April Berkley damaged a He111, one of some 700 bombers attacking London.

On a night sortie on 14th June 1941, Berkeley was shot down in Havoc I AX848 'K' by a return fire from a He111 of KG4 over the Thames Estuary. He and his radar operator, Sgt. R Carr, were both reported 'Missing'.

Berkley was 23. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 35.


Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


He is also commemorated at Molesworth Street Presbyterian Church in Cookstown NI.



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