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RAF Benson confirms death of Senior Aircraftman Thomas Gamble

It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of Senior Aircraftman Thomas Gamble, who was a passenger in a road traffic collision in Leicestershire while off-duty on 20 December 2020. 

Eighteen year old Thomas, known as Tom to his friends, had only just started his career as a Military Transport Driver, arriving for his first posting at Royal Air Force Benson in September. 

Tom had a genuine interest in vehicles and driving and was always keen to learn more.  A highly competent driver, he had already successfully completed training to drive rigid and articulated large goods vehicles, coaches and hazardous goods.  He had recently been conducting familiarisation training on specialist off-road vehicles in readiness for future deployments.

A popular young man with a bright future ahead of him, he took pride in all aspects of his work and even spent a weekend helping to paint his workplace with his team.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Tom’s family have requested that no flowers or gifts are sent but that any donations are made in Tom’s memory to the Emergency Services who fought to save his life https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tom-gamble-1.

Warrant Officer Paul Royer, the Military Transport Officer at RAF Benson, said:

“Tom was at the start of his career and was always keen to learn, both about the vehicle fleet and the Royal Air Force.  He was quiet, thoughtful and popular with the team, always bringing a smile to everyone.  I will miss our chats about growing up in Leicestershire and I know the team will miss him greatly.”

Group Captain Nick Paton, the RAF Benson Station Commander, said:

“SAC Gamble was a popular young man who worked hard whether he was driving or doing other tasks.  He showed great promise and it is tragic that he never got the chance to reach his full potential.  Our thoughts are with Tom’s family, friends and colleagues as this incredibly difficult time.”

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