Crossman, Thomas Edward Stafford

Tom Crossman was born 19th October 1917, the third son of the Hon. Mr Justice Charles Stafford Crossman (Coll.1884-1888) and Helen Crossman, daughter of David Howard DL of Buckhurst Hill House, Essex.  He was the younger brother of Richard Howard Stafford Crossman OBE., MP (Coll. 1920-1926).

He was in College VI for two years, and was 2nd Captain of VI in 1935.  He went up to Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1936 as a Commoner and immediately joined the University Air Squadron.   He got a 2nd in Greats in 1939.

He was a Flying Officer and employed as an instructor at 9 Elementary Flying Training School at Coventry when he had a crash on landing with a pupil on 31st May 1940.  Tiger Moth N6590 dived into the ground at Ansty, and although the pupil escaped almost unhurt, Crossman was killed instantaneously. He was twenty two years old. He is buried south of the church in St. John the Baptist churchyard, Buckhurst Hill.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Crossman
  • Forenames or initials: Thomas Edward Stafford
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1931-1936
  • Rank: Pilot Officer
  • Regiment: RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 19th October 1917
  • Date of Death: 31st May 1940
  • How Died: Killed in Flying Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: St John the Baptist Churchyard, Buckhurst Hill, Essex