Thomas Mairs                                                                                            Updated: 11 MAR 2018

Airman: e777186.htm Surname: Mairs Init: T Rank: Sgt Service: RAF Sqdn: 138

P_link: p143.htm Plane: HAL DT620 Operation: SOE to PL Crash_site: Off Store Heddinge

Crash_d: d140343 Buried_d: e777 C_link: e777.htm At_Next: NO KNOWN

"Under en SOE-flyvning til Polen med våbenforsyninger blev Halifax DT620 skudt ned over Stevns. Flyet nedstyrtede den 14. marts 1943 kl. 21.45
på 7-8 m vand ved Harvig. Alle ombordværende blev dræbt." (FAF) Se Google Map p143 HAL DT620. Zoom.

Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver: ”I den efterfølgende måned drev 6 lig i land langs kysten, og alle blev begravet på Bispebjerg kirkegård. Blandt de 6 var
flyets ene skytte Sgt. Thomas Mairs, der drev i land ved Harvig (omkring her) den 24. april. Ifølge engelske rapporter blev liget identificeret på
Store Heddinge Sygehus, men Sgt. Mairs er dog stadig begravet som ukendt på Bispebjerg.” (FT 88-31-6)
Kommentarer: Chambers blev begravet i Fjelie i Sverige og 5 andre på Bispebjerg Kirkegård, se plan.
Her hviler også en "
Ukendt engelsk flyver (fundet 24. april 1943) Nedstyrtet med fly, druknet. Begravet 28. april 1943." Det kan ikke fastlås sikkert, at
det er Thomas Mairs! Se mange
fotos af Sgt Mairs og dokumenter om flyet indsamlet af Niels B. Pedersen.
Niels B. Pedersen sendte også denne historie om flyet og dets besætning til www.airmen.dk. Se kommentar af Anders Straarup at Sgt Thomas Mairs
må være begravet på Bispebjerg Kirkegård.

Sergeant Thomas Mairs, 23 år, var søn af Charles Frederick og Sarah Elizabeth Mairs, Warrington, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Hans navn er på Panel 158 på the Runnymede Memorial blandt mere end 20.000 navne på flyvere, der ikke har en kendt grav. (Kilde: CWGC)
Fra HAL DT620 blev 5 flyvere begravet på Bispebjerg og 1 i Sverige, mens 1 har ingen kendt grav. 7 flyvere. 

"Halifax DT620 was shot down over Stevns on a SOE-operation to Poland with supplies of weapons. The plane ditched on 14 March 1943 at 21:45
in the sea at Harvig at a depth of 7-8 m. All on board were killed." (FAF) See Google Map p143 HAL DT620. Zoom.

(Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:
"6 bodies were washed ashore along the coast during the following month, and all of them were buried in Bispebjerg Cemetery. Among the 6 was
Air Gunner Sgt Thomas Mairs who drifted ashore at Harvig (about here) on 24 April. According to English reports his body was identified in
Store Heddinge Hospital. However, Sgt Mairs is still buried as Unknown in Bispebjerg." (FT 88-31-6) Comments: Chambers was buried in Fjelie in
Sweden and 5 others were buried in Bispebjerg Cemetery, see plan.
Here also rests an "Unknown English airman (found 24 April 1943). Crashed in an aircraft, shot down, drowned. Buried on 28 April 1943."
However, it is not possible to establish with certainty that it is
Thomas Mairs
See many
photos of Sgt Mairs and documents about the plane collected by Niels B. Pedersen.
He also sent this story about the plane and its crew to www.airmen.dk - in Danish but with a number of photos. Important: Translation of p. 3 + 4
about the find of the bodies of the 7 airmen and with a comment by Anders Straarup stating that Sgt Thomas Mairs must be buried in Bispebjerg Cemetery.

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial has this about Sergeant Donald Robin Ross and about others buried in Bispebjerg Cemetery, including Sgt Thomas Mairs
and this about Flight Sergeant E.S. Masson.


Sergeant Thomas Mairs, 23, was the son of Charles Frederick and Sarah Elizabeth Mairs, of Warrington, Lancashire, the United Kingdom.
He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 158, among more than 20,000 airmen, who have no known grave. (Source: CWGC)

5 airmen from HAL DT620  were buried in Bispebjerg and 1 in Sweden, while 1 has no known grave. See p143MACR about this crew.
See Bomber Command No. 138 (Special) Squadron * See Halifax Print and Halifax - Bless 'Em All. * Tempsford Special Duties Squadrons.
See also No. 138 Squadron * RAF Tempsford * The Tempsford Airfield Pages Roll of Honour, Tempsford   7 airmen.