About Thomas Michael Cipriani
Thomas Michael Cipriani
1802664 - T.M. Cipriani - Trinidad - Ach/P - attested 19.2.42 F/O - commissioned 10.12.43
[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]
154714 - Flying Officer - Pilot - 126 Sqn - Spitfire - KIA at 22
Educated QRC; Only son of Mikey Cipriani; Spitfire MH 474 lost at 1650hrs on 22 Nov 1944 on air operations Haijbergen, Holland. Buried at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 15.
Oral history: was visiting relatives when he was recalled for the op. Story of deliberately crashing his aircraft into an ammunition train. Unconfirmed. Son of Michael and Daisy Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Name: CIPRIANI, THOMAS MICHAEL Initials: T M Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 126 Sqdn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 22/11/1944 Service No: 154714 Additional information: Son of Michael and Daisy Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 15. Cemetery: SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY
Spitfire LF.IX serial MH474 coded 5J-X took off 21-11-1944 for a sweep from Bradwell Bay but suffered engine failure and landed at B.79 Woensdrecht, Holland. Took off from B.79 22-11-1944 and again suffered engine problems, unfortunately crashed near Antwerpen (still looking for the exact location)