A Canadian Spitfire Memorial Cross to 'Churchill's Own' Squadron
A Canadian Spitfire Memorial Cross to 'Churchill's Own' Squadron; (F.O. T. KELLEY J16429). Naming is officially engraved. Without ribbon, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, with award card, case also extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his death notice from The Globe and Mail (dated Saturday, July 22, 1944) and assorted research papers. Footnote: J16429 Flight Officer (Pilot) Thomas Kelley, Royal Canadian Air Force was the son of Thomas R. Kelley and Hattie Stainsby Kelley of Toronto, Ontario. He was serving with No. 615 Squadron (County of Surrey Squadron), Royal Air Force when he was Killed in Action on June 20, 1944, at the age of 22. His Spitfire suffered a glycol leak and went down three miles south-west of Mintha, Burma. He is remembered with honour on the Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Republic of Singapore, Grave Reference: Column 442. The Singapore Memorial bears the names of over 24,000 solders and airmen of the British Commonwealth and Empire who have no known grave. The airmen whose names are inscribed on the Memorial died during operations over the whole of southern and eastern Asia and the surrounding seas and oceans.