Service Number: 400573
Enlisted: 15 September 1940
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units
Born: Manchester, England, 8 July 1920
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Machan's Beach, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 5 March 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Cairns War Cemetery
Plot A. Row D. Grave 12.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 400573
15 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), Aircrew Training Units
5 Mar 1945: Involvement Flying Officer, RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units

The early years.

During WW2 I was just a little girl living in East Kew, Victoria, Australia. Due to the housing shortage my family rented rooms to Flying Officer Gordon Thomson and his wife Margo. When Mr Thomson came home on leave from the RAAF he often brought me chewing gum and other gifts. As a little girl of 7 years he made such an impression on me that I have never forgotten him.
During their time living with us Mrs Thomson gave birth to twins - a boy (Ian) and a girl (Margaret) - named after me.

As I reflect on another Anzac 2021, I am reminded of Gordon Thomson and his family and I was able to access this site to record my memories. I don't know what became of Margo - I believe she moved to Queensland to be near the memorial.
Her children would be in their 70s now.

+In loving memory of Gordon and all those who lost their lives in that plane crash off the Queensland coast in March 1945.


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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones


Son Or Robert and Marjeanetta Thomson; husband of Emily Amelia Margot Thomson, of Clarkefield, Victoria.

Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-118 (VMZI-FM) crashed into the sea about 400 yards out from Machan's Beach, just north of the mouth of the Barron River near Cairns - the pilot had been warned not to take off due to a cyclone in the area, however they left from Townsville and crashed near Cairns.

RAAF crew from Number 4 Communications Flight:

Flight Lieutenant John William Newell 404543

Flying Officer Gordon Thomson DFM 400573

Warrant Officer Berrol Samuel Frieze 409400

Flying Officer Donald James Bassett 406465

Leading Aircraftman John Dudley Moore 77157

The aircraft was carrying:

Major General George Alan Vasey VX9 - HQ 7 Australian Division

Major General Rupert Major Downes CMG VD of the Australian Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant Colonel George Anthony Bertram OBE NX324 of Advanced Land HQ "G" Branch Australian Headquarters

Corporal Edward Lewis James NX4011 of Local Administration Staff Australian Headquarters - Batman to General Vasey

Colonel Robert Heathcote Russell DSO NX168 of the Australian Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant William Riggall VX80932 of the Australian Army Service Corps - PA to General Vasey