Thomas JONES, A.C.1; UNIT – 25 .E.F.T.S. R.A.F. (V.R.)

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi Everyine,
    Can anyone tell me what the Grave Registration Report Form tells us about Thomas JONES below:-

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Aircraftman 1st Class
    Service Number 948629
    Died 19/06/1941
    Aged 19
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    (The Grave Registration Report Form gives more information – No. and Rank – 948629 A.C.1; UNIT – 25 .E.F.T.S. R.A.F. (V.R.)

    Son of Thomas and Phoebe Jones, of Queensferry, Flintshire.




    Would the information tell me what his role was in the War? I know that R.A.F. (V.R.) means Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance. Regards, Mavis Williams
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Do you mean this report:


    Thought it might help to post it

    25 (Polish) Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS). Formed at Peterborough (UK) in... | The National Archives
    Reference: AIR 29/621/2
    25 (Polish) Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS). Formed at Peterborough (UK) in June 1941. Moved to Hucknall (UK) in July 1941. Unit disbanded in November 1945. With appendices
    Note: Open in 1972
    Date: 1941 June-1945 Dec
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: IIM/FP191/1 and 1A

    His rank is shown as AC1 - others more RAF minded will be able to explain better than I - but I guess hes an Aircraftsman Class 1 - i.e he works on maintaining the aircraft, hes ground based I think

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  4. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    AC1 Jones would be a pilot under training at No 25 EFTS when it was based at RAF Sibson on the west side of the A1 north of Peterborough.His death is probably the result of a flying accident from an elementary trainer such as the Tiger Moth.

    No 25 EFTS was as designated as Polish and after moving from Sibson to Hucknall stayed at Hucknall for the remainder of the war.

    AC1 Jones's classification of AC1 would be a training stage classification...ultimately he would have passed out after receiving advanced flying training at other units with the minimum rank of Sergeant.

    Passed Sibson many times after the war since my Aunt lived at the nearby village of Warmington...the road network has changed greatly since the A 605 was reconfigured but the Wansford to Elton road on which the airfield stands, now a flying club, remains as I see it, as it was,a country road during the war.
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Copy death cert would tell you what he died of

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Thomas Jones
    Death Age: 19
    Birth Date: abt 1922
    Registration Date: Jun 1941
    Registration district: Peterborough
    Inferred County: Huntingdonshire
    Volume: 3b
    Page: 505

  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Mavis can you stop posting RAF queries in the Airborne forum. I have explained why in your profile several times.

    Have moved this thread.
  7. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Oh dear, my sincere apologies Owen, I obviously forgot, I always look at the "Unit History," and choose whatever the unit of the services my person was in. I will remember next time. My many thanks again to the members of the Forum, TD Harry Ree and CL1I am glad you all have patience with me, you have added so much to his story especially the photograph of the Gravestone and the explanation of the Initials I posted, you have opened up the story once again. Kindest regards, Mavis
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Is this your man??


  9. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    I have no idea TD, I will save a copy, just in case, thank you. Regards, Mavis

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