B.E.M. For Trying to save Doomed Pilot?

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  1. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    Aircraftman First Class, I. Thomas McCann was serving with 40 Squadron R.A.F in Malta and was Killed in Action on 24th November 1941.

    He is now buried in Capuccini Naval Cemetery and his headstone shows that he was awarded the B.E.M.

    On speaking with a Relative I have been told that his aircraft was shot down and he had survived but on seeing that the Pilot was trapped he went back to try and rescue him however the aircraft exploded killing them both.

    I am keen to learn more about this but have no other details.

    Is there somewhere I could perhaps learn the Aircraft Number or why he received the B.E.M?

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Andy
     
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  3. Tricky Dicky

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    I. Thomas MCCANN | MilitaryImages.Net

    London Gazette dated 21 January 1941 (BEM Citation)
    567944 Corporal Joseph Graham Michael JAVIS and 619213 Aircraftman 1st Class Thomas McCANN. During September, 1940, these airmen approached a burning aircraft and succeeded in detaching Vickers guns and magazines of ammunition and removing them to a place of safety. Both displayed conspicuous gallantry in disregarding imminent personal danger from exploding ammunition and the likelihood that the petrol tanks might explode.

    TD

    added:
    40 Squadron | Malta: War Diary | Page 4
    Military casualties Flight Sergeant Harold Batchelor, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 69 Squadron; AC1 Thomas McCann, BEM, Royal Air Force, Sergeant David McKell, Royal Australian Air Force; Sergeant John Hutt, RAFVR, 69 Squadron.

    Perhaps finding the Squadron ORB will tell you what you want to know
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

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  5. dbf

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    Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 24 January 1941

    Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 24 January 1941.png
     
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  6. dbf

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    and on Lisburn War Memorial | WW2Talk

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    Casualty
    Aircraftman 1st Class MCCANN, I. THOMAS
    Service Number 619213
    Died 24/11/1941
    Aged 23
    40 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    B E M
    Son of Thomas and Anna McCann, of Lisburn, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
    INSCRIPTION: EVER REMEMBERED BY HIS LOVING MOTHER, BROTHER, SISTER AND RELATIVES
    Buried at MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY
    Location: Malta
    Number of casualties: 1089
    Cemetery/memorial reference: R.C. Sec. (Men's). Plot P. Grave 8.
     
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  7. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    40 Squadron | Malta: War Diary | Page 4
    Military casualties Flight Sergeant Harold Batchelor, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 69 Squadron; AC1 Thomas McCann, BEM, Royal Air Force, Sergeant David McKell, Royal Australian Air Force; Sergeant John Hutt, RAFVR, 69 Squadron.

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    I am showing that Sergeant David Alcorn McKELL RAAF 400061 / Sergeant John Keogh HUTT RAF 967922 / Flight Sergeant Harold Bernard BATCHELOR RAF 759009 were Presumed lost at Sea off Malta following the loss of Maryland BJ427 of 103 Maintenance Unit Middle East / Mediterranean Command Middle East Squadron RAF on 24/11/1941

    No mention of AC1 McCann
     

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  8. Tricky Dicky

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    I think thats just a list of casualties for that day i.e 24th Nov 1941 - from possibly 3 seperate incidents

    TD
     
  9. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    Folks,
    This is excellent.

    Much appreciated.

    Andy
     

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