THOMAS – Herbert Percival

Initials: H P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 514 Sqdn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 05/03/1945
Service No: 605706
Additional information: Son of Alexander Thomas, and of Susan Thomas, of Beckford Kraal, Clarendon, Jamaica.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 10. F. 1-7.

Lancaster NN775 crashed near Bunsbeek, 2 km N of Tienen, Belgium. (Chorley’s Bomber Command Losses Vol. 6, page 109).

Lancaster NN775

A news-item on Dutch television about a display of the wreckage of Lancaster NN775

[Source: Overloon War Museum]




605706 – H.P. Thomas – Jamaica – attested 18.10.43 – u/t Wireless Operator UK 22.1.43

[Source NA AIR 2/6876]

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[Photographs courtesy Ms. Paulette Thomas]


Herbert Thomas and Chris Hogg - air gunners
Chris Hogg and Herbert Thomas, airgunners of Lancaster NN775[Picture from ‘The search for Lancaster NN775’]




7 additions to “THOMAS – Herbert Percival”

  1. Bruyninckx A ndré adds:

    We are digging up the plane on this moment(4/2016) at Bunsbeek
    a commemoration board is placed in 2015 on the crashplace

  2. Bruyninckx André adds:

    I am looking for photograhps en relatives of THOMAS Herbert Percival son of Alexander and Susan THOMAS from Beckford Craal clarendom Jamaica ;H P Thomas was killed in teh crash of LANCASTER NN775 in my village Bunsbeek Belgium on 5/3/1945
    Thanks Andre

  3. jerome lee adds:

    Hi Andre,
    I have contacted RAFA Jamaica and they will check if there are any living relatives still in Jamaica.

  4. Bruyninckx A ndré adds:

    in 2017 there will be a commemoration WE at Glabbeek after we digged up the plane and the remains of the crew
    a picture of H P THOMAS woud be wonderful

  5. Brenda Francis adds:


    Just a thought you could place your message about Herbert Percival Thomas on Clarendon, Facebook page, Or Clarendon genealogy page etc.

    Good luck

    Brenda Francis

  6. Paulette Thomas adds:

    I went to visit my mother this weekend and she had the scroll given to my family on the death of H P Thomas, my dad’s brother. We have a picture of him and one with other squad mates. Please contact me at

  7. Roger Guernon adds:

    In the crew photo, compared with some photos which I possess, my thought is the 2nd from left is Herbert’s crewmate Allan Olsen (Australian). Thus which would be the position of H.P. Thomas if he is really in this photo? It seems to me that he is not in the picture.
    For adding details in our 514 Squadron archives, I’ll be very pleased to be in touch with Paulette Thomas. She can contact me through

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