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The Airmen's Stories - F/O T Grier


Thomas Grier was born in Glasgow in 1918, the son of Thomas and Mary Grier. His father had served in WW1 in the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

He was educated at Dunoon Grammar School and Allan Glen's School.

Grier joined the RAF on a short service commission in May 1938. He arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 28th May 1940 and after converting to Hurricanes joined 601 Squadron at Tangmere in June.

He married Sybil Joyce Brandon in July 1940 in Chichester.





On 7th July Grier claimed a share in a Do17, on the 16th he shared a Ju88, on the 20th he shared a He59, on 13th August he destroyed two Me110s, got a probable Ju88 and shared another, on the 18th destroyed two Ju87s, on the 30th shared a He111, on the 31st he claimed a Me110 destroyed, on 6th September two Me109s and on the 25th a Ju88.

Grier was awarded the DFC (gazetted 1st October 1940).

In October 1941 Grier was given command of 32 Squadron at Angle in Pembrokeshire. He was killed on 5th December when he was shot down in Hurricane IIb Z3237 during a joint operation with 607 Squadron off Le Havre.

Grier is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 28.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


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