CIPRIANI – Thomas Michael

1802664 – T.M. Cipriani – Trinidad – Ach/P – attested 19.2.42
F/O – commissioned 10.12.43

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 – Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]

154714 – Flying Officer – Pilot – 126 Sqn – Spitfire – KIA at 22

Educated QRC; Only son of Mikey Cipriani; Spitfire MH 474 lost at 1650hrs on 22 Nov 1944 on air operations Haijbergen, Holland. Buried at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 15.

Oral history: was visiting relatives when he was recalled for the op. Story of deliberately crashing his aircraft into an ammunition train. Unconfirmed. Son of Michael and Daisy Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Initials: T M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 126 Sqdn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 22/11/1944
Service No: 154714
Additional information: Son of Michael and Daisy Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 15.

Spitfire LF.IX serial MH474 coded 5J-X took off 21-11-1944 for a sweep from Bradwell Bay but suffered engine failure and landed at B.79 Woensdrecht, Holland. Took off from B.79 22-11-1944 and again suffered engine problems, unfortunately crashed near Antwerpen (still looking for the exact location)


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