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Thomas Frederick Hall
F/O Thomas Frederick Hall, only son of R.S.M. Thomas Hall and Mrs. Hall, 130 West St., piloting a Lancaster bomber, took off from his base at Kairouanzino, Tunisia, North Africa, on June 26, 1943, to attack Sciacca, on the west coast of Sicily, part of the plan of "softening up" that island for the Allied army's invasion. Nothing was heard of the crew after their departure. F/O Hall had a record of more than two years' service with the R.C.A.F., enlisting in June, 1941. He trained at Mount Hope and Toronto, and received his pilot's wings at Dunnville on July 17, 1942. He then left for England, sailing on the same ship as his father, who was going over with the 15th Field Regiment and who returned home after more than three years overseas' service in England and on the Continent. R.S.M. Hall is one of Brantford's outstanding veterans, his active service record dating hack to the First Great War. His son was born in Brantford on June 16, 1923, attended Victoria School and graduated from the Collegiate Institute with his matriculation. He was employed at the Standard Drug Store until he was 18 and then he joined the R.C.A.F. An intrepid flier, Tom won his commission overseas on January 18, 1943, and five months later was promoted to the rank of F/O. His superior officers anticipated a brilliant future for him but death intervened. One of the popular young men of Brantford, F/O Hall's passing represented a severe loss not only to his Air Force squadron, but also to his community.