Thomas McNamara joined the Royal Air Force in 1940 and was commissoned as Pilot Officer in the Administrative and Special Duties Branche on 4th May 1940 and promoted to Flying Officer in May 1941. In July 1942 he voluntarily reverted to the rank of Pilot Officer to transfer to the General Duties Branch and to fly operationally.
Served with 70 Squadron, (Wellingtons) initially as 2nd Pilot but mostly as Captain of Aircraft during a first tour totalling 37 ops.
In September 1944 McNamara joined 178 Squadron at Amendola in the Foggia Basin which was equipped with Liberators. Operations consisted mostly of disrupting railway and road communications in Northern Italy and Yugoslavia, and dropping supplies to partisans in Yugoslavia All but two of McNamara’s 29 operations were in these categories, the exceptions being in Northern Hungary when he attacked Szombathely aerodrome on 20 Oct 44 and delivered ammunition to Harsani on 20 December.
In July 1948 McNamara was granted a permanent commission.
He served in the Far East in the mid-1950s during the 12-year Malaya emergency and retired in the rank of Wing Commander on 18 November 1957
He was also awarded the GSM E.II.R., 1 clasp, Malaya and the Coronation 1953 medal
May 4th, 1940: Pilot Officer (probation)
May 4th, 1941: Flying Officer (war sub)
November 21st, 1941: relinquished the rank of Flying Officer at his own request and transferred to the General Duties Branche in the rank of Pilot Officer
October 1st, 1942: Flying Officer (war sub)
November 21st, 1943: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)
June 27th, 1946 appointent to commission As Flight Lieutenants, extended service (four years on the active list)
July 15th, 1948: Appointment to commission as Flight Lieutnenant (permanent)
January 1st, 1949: Squadron Leader
? Wing Commander
November 18th, 1957: retirement
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