Charles Thorne

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Sergeant Charles Thorne

Charles Thorne was conscripted into the Royal Air Force on 7 October 1940 at the age of 25 years, and was sent to Blackpool for his service training as an Aircraft Fitter. He completed his training in March 1942 and was then posted to Burma where he carried out wartime aircraft maintenance with the Royal Air Force. His rank was Corporal, then upgraded to Sergeant.

Charles returned to England on 24 March 1945, having been in Burma for three years. His Royal Air Force Service and Release Book states his RAF character as "Very Good", his proficiency rating as "Superior", and a brief statement of any special aptitudes or qualities states "A very good worker with ability to take charge of a gang employed on inspection and minor rectifications or aero engines. Has good knowledge of trade processes and is keen". Signed C.C. O'Grady Officer Commanding, dated 14 March 1946.

Charles was awarded the 1939-45 Star, The Burma Star, The Defence Medal and The War Medal 1939-45, for services to his country during World War Two.

Charles continued working in civil aviation after the war up to the time of his retirement in 1980. He enjoyed a long, happy and healthy retirement with his wife, Anne, until August 2002 when he died following a short illness.

Charles was a true gentleman, a very considerate person and always willing to lend a helping hand. He was greatly loved and respected by all his family and friends.

Added by: Linda Berry on 26th November 2010.


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