O'Brien, James Thomas DFM


War Service:
Pilot Officer JAMES THOMAS O'BRIEN DFM Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve was killed on 12 June 1943 while serving with 161 Squadron. He was 31. At this period 161 squadron was based at Tempsford in Bedfordshire flying over France and Scandinavia dropping and resupplying agents. At 2320 on 11 June Halifax 'MA-V' took off on operation Physician 32/Charlotte in support of agent network Physician in France. The aircraft was lost without trace but subsequent reports suggested that it had completed the first part of its mission (the dropping of agent 'Charlotte') and was shot down by anti aircraft fire near Beauvais.

Notification of the award of his Distinguished Flying Medal appeared in the London Gazette of 11 June 1943.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered in the Brockley County School Book of Remembrance.

He was the son of Daniel and Rose O'Brien and husband of Bethena O'Brien of Lee.

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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