The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A J Theasby
Alec John Theasby of Malton, Yorkshire was born in early 1917 and educated at Norton Council School and Malton Grammar School. After two years at St. Johns Teaching College in York he was appointed to the staff of Cleethorpes School.
He joined the RAFVR about June 1940 as an Aircrafthand. He volunteered for aircrew duties and was sent on a radar course at the AI School at Middle Wallop on 31st August 1940.
He joined 25 Squadron at North Weald in late September 1940. He flew his first operational sortie on the 30th.
He was a member of the crew of Blenheim I L6679 which broke up in a dive over Ingatestone in Essex during a night patrol on 16th November 1940. The aircraft had encountered icing in cloud and came down at Ramsey Tyrells, Stock, Essex killing the crew.
Also lost were Sgt. LT Winter and Sgt. AL Romanis.
Theasby was 23. He is buried in Norton Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Above image courtesy of Dimitrios Corcodolis