Thomas Alfred Oliver
Rank & Number: Captain
Regiment: RWF / RFC 29th Squadron
Cemetery / Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial
Other memorials: Capel Curig, Loughborough
His Nieuport 17 plane was shot down near Arras on August 14th 1917, aged 24
Life / Background:
Son of Alfred Oliver, a well-known artist, and his wife Anne, who moved to Capel Curig and lived at The Studio.
Tom enlisted with the RWF at Caernarfon in the very early days of the war, on 28th August 1914, and was posted to the 6th battalion, before being transferred to the Royal Flying Corps where he graduated as a pilot in December 1915. He was posted to No1 Squadron in France and in March 1916 was engaged in his first raid, against a German floatplane base at Zeebrugge. He was clearly a daring pilot, credited with bringing down two enemy aircraft, in one case being part of a dogfight with five German aircraft. He was also a talented artist and painted scenes of the aircraft he flew.
Following a rest from operations in the first half of 1917, Oliver was posted to the 29th squadron as Flight Commander. Within two days he brought down a further three enemy aircraft. His luck ran out on August 14th of that year…
North Wales Chronicle, February 9 1917