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The Airmen's Stories - P/O T B Murray


Thomas Burnley Murray was born in Toronto, Canada on 16th March 1912 to British parents. He learned to fly at Doncaster Aero Club and was awarded Aero Certificate 16766 on 6th December 1938.



He was commissioned in 616 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in July 1939. Called up on 24th August, he was posted for further training.

He completed No. 42 course at 2 FTS Brize Norton and rejoined 616 at Leconfield on 6th April 1940. He arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 28th April.


Above: 616 Squadron

F/O R Marples, F/O HSL Dundas, F/O HC Laycock, F/Lt. DE Gillam, P/O TB Murray, P/O LH Casson,

Sgt. PT Wareing

Sgt. TE Westmoreland, Sgt. J Hopewell, F/Sgt. FP Burnard


He converted to Hurricanes and was then posted to 2 PDC Uxbridge on 15th May for allocation to a squadron overseas. It would seem that he went to France but returned without having joined a squadron.

Murray was posted to 79 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 24th May. He rejoined 616 Squadron at Leconfield on 7th July 1940.

On 15th August he claimed two Ju88's destroyed east of Flamborough Head.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He was awarded the AFC (gazetted 13th June 1946).

Murray died in June 1984 in Kingsbridge, Devon.


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