Topic: Thomas Bayly Tanner (1919-1943)

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Tauranga man Thomas Bayly Tanner was completing his navigator training when his Wellington bomber crashed shortly after takeoff in 1943.

Thomas Bayly Tanner (1919-1943) Thomas Bayly Tanner was born on 7 February 1919 to Jonathan and Amelia Emily Tanner (nee Johnson) who married in 1910. He gained his university entrance papers whilst attending Tauranga District High School.

He completed his Air Force training in Rotorua and Palmerston North and then in Canada. He was with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 11 Operational Training Unit.

He was then posted to the UK. Thomas was completing his training as a navigator aboard a Wellington bomber when it crashed shortly after takeoff on 27 October 1943Sergeant Tanner was the navigator of a Wellington which was undertaking circuits and landings exercises when it hit trees about a mile from the airfield, crashed and burned at Wotton Underwood. Four of the five crew died.

Thomas is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).



Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand)

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Te Puke and District (2011) by Christine Clement (pp. 338-341)

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Thomas Bayly Tanner (1919-1943)

First Names:Thomas Bayly
Last Name:Tanner
Date of Birth:7 February 1919
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:27 October 1943
Place of death:United Kingdom
Place of burial:Botley Cemetery, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Fathers name:Jonathan Tanner
Fathers date of birth:1886
Fathers place of birth:Tauranga
Fathers date of death:1936
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Amelia Emily Johnson
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)