Thomas Barry Brierley  

Servicenumber : 417009
Rank : Warrant Officer (Pilot)
Regiment : Royal New Zealand Air Force
Unit : 190 (R.A.F.) Squadron
Date of Death : 21-09-1944
Age : 21
Grave : Plot 4. Row D. Grave 15. 
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Thomas Barry Brierley was pilot of Stirling LJ-982. On 21 september the plane took off from Fairford Airfield on a resupply mission. It was hit by flak and crashed at about 1545 hrs, 500 metres north of the 'De Slop' farm, one and a half km south of the river Rhine at Zetten. He was initially buried in the churchyard of the Vluchtheuvel Church at Zetten.
According to the author of "Green On!"(Arie-Jan van Hees) LJ-982 was the lead plane of the third resupply serial arriving in the Oosterbeek area. After dropping the supplies in the Hartenstein Hotel area LJ-982 was shot down by German fighters. 
Picture: 23-09-2012
Sources: Website CWGC, "Green On!" and Roll of Honour

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