29.09.1944 No. 182 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN599 Fl/Sgt. Thomas Edwards
Operation: Armed Reconnaissance
Date: 29th September 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 182 Squadron (83 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: B.78 Eindhoven, Holland
Location: Pannerdens Canal area, Netherlands
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Sylvester Edwards NZ/422049 RNZAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
With the great research carried out by Errol Martyn on the Royal New Zealand Airforce losses we have been able to compile this page. If you have further information and or photographs we would welcome contact from you.
Taking off from the advanced landing ground at Einhoven to carry out a Armed Reconnaissance over the Rees - Emmerich area at 11:50 hrs with 7 others from the squadron.
They attacked barges seen at the jetties on the Pannerdens Canal with rockets and that was the last they saw of Fl/Sgt. Edwards, they tried calling him but no reply was made. A brief search was made with no trace of him or wreckage.
Fl/Sgt. Thomas Sylvester Edwards. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 263. Son of Sylvester James Edwards and Ada Louise Edwards and husband of Ada Dorothy Edwards, of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: