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Name: Thomas Laurence Purdom
Military Cross (MC) Thomas Purdom
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 15, 62
Victories: 13
Born: 24 June 1892
Place of Birth: Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Died:
Place of Death:
 
 
Thomas Laurence Purdom received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1873 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Military School, Birmingham on 11 October 1915. From the King's Own Scottish Borderers, Territorial Force, 2nd Lieutenant (temporary Lieutenant) Purdom was appointed Flying Officer on 18 January 1916. On 20 September 1916, he was appointed Flight Commander with the rank of temporary Captain. A Bristol Fighter pilot with 62 Squadron in 1918, Purdom and his observers scored thirteen victories.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Thomas Laurence Purdom, K.O.S.B., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked and shot down a hostile scout, and when himself attacked by a second scout, he shot the latter down out of control also. He has in addition to these destroyed four enemy machines within a month. He has shown the most exceptional gallantry and daring in engaging enemy aircraft.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 Albatros D.V (DES)
2 21 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 Albatros D.V (OOC)
3 24 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 Albatros D.V (DESF)
4 26 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 EA (DES)
5 26 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 EA (OOC)
6 28 Mar 1918 1005 62 Bristol F.2b 1 EA (OOC) Sailly
7 21 Apr 1918 0945 62 Bristol F.2b 1 Albatros D.V (DES) 3 SE of Estaires
8 03 May 1918 1100 62 Bristol F.2b (B1216) 1 Albatros C (DES) N of Merville
9 03 May 1918 1100 62 Bristol F.2b (B1216) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Armentières
10 15 May 1918 1745 62 Bristol F.2b (B1216) 1 C (DES) Pozieres
11 17 May 1918 1045 62 Bristol F.2b (B1216) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Armentières
12 17 May 1918 1045 62 Bristol F.2b (B1216) 1 C (OOC) Armentières
13 19 May 1918 1815 62 Bristol F.2b 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) NW of Douai

1 Observer Lt Percival Chambers
2 Observer Sgt William Norman Holmes
3 Shared with 2Lt William Staton & Lt John Gordon
 
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