Flight Sergeant Thomas Paxton, M.I.D.

Flight Sergeant Thomas Galbraith Paxton, Mentioned in Dispatches.  He was killed on 7th April 1942 whilst serving with 30 Squadron, Royal Air Force aged 20. He was the son of Willam and Margaret Paxton of Fernirig, Birgham and is buried in Colombo ( Kanatte) Cemetery, Ceylon ( now Sri Lanka). The Squadron had re-equipped from the Bristol Blenheim light bomber to the Hawker Hurricane and posted to Ceylon to repel Japanese air attacks on Colombo and the naval base at Trincomalee which the did. He is also commemorated on the Birgham War Memorial.

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