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Tom Perrem RIP

Old 21st Mar 2020, 11:25
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Thumbs down Tom Perrem RIP

Dreadfully sad to report that Tom Perrem died on the afternoon of Thu 19 Mar. I knew him from Nav School and my time on Canberras 1971-75 with 85, 100 and 360 Sqns. He went on to have a notable career on Canberra PR7 and Tornado GR1a with 13 Sqn, being awarded the AFC in the Gulf War. It was my great privilege to have shared some of my RAF and personal life with him and his family. Nig Randall

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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 21:44
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Very sad news. A fine officer and proud to have served with him.
RIP Tom.
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 06:23
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Very sad news. A fine officer and proud to have served with him.
RIP Tom.
That's very sad. A really great bloke.

RiP Tom.
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 09:14
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Well there's some news I didn't need this morning. Many happy, if hazy, memories of Tom from two spells at Marham. RIP Mate.
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 18:17
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Very sad news indeed. Getting very worrying that I am recognising more and more of the names in these RIP threads
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 19:43
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Lovely guy, shared some time with him at Marham till 1993 and then stumbled across him again last year in his local, The Crown, Gayton, near King’s Lynn.
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 23:00
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Very sad news, great guy, my flight commander on 13 Sqn 95 to 97, very entertaining as the warlord..! shared a beer at Finfest last month.. RIP Tom ..
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 23:33
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Sad News

So sad to hear this news. Served with Tom in GW1. Solid guy - the most loyal you could find.
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Old 23rd Mar 2020, 23:33
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Tom was on the front I was behind him when we set off tobogganing down the stairs in our accommodation at Deccimomannu on an ironing board.
We we’re doing alright when the pointy bit of the ironing board dug in propelling us off. I went down head first, safe for aircrew, but Tom bounced down the rest of the steps on his arse.

He was a bit sore the next day when we strapped in and by the end of the trip was definitely in pain, his language was the clue. The next day we had to recover to UK and he was not happy. We decided not to tell the boss, a right PITA, no pun intended, as he was known to get a bit excited about what his Flying Officers were up to.

Tom perched on his bang-seat, never strapping in, all the way home. I took pity on him and did a GCA, not a RIAB for which he always remained grateful.

He had broken his coccyx, or in is words his “arse bone.”

There are too many other tales to tell, a very fine man and aviator.
God Bless you and your family.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 20:22
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Thank you.

Tom’s eldest daughter here. I have been shown this thread by a friend and just wanted to say thank you all for the messages and stories. We are all heartbroken, but we also love hearing about Dad’s antics!
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 11:15
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Tom was the Squadron Intelligence Officer (SQUINTO) on XIII (PR) Squadron at RAF Luqa in Malta during the final period of the RAF’s tenure in Malta in the late 1970s. Tom’s empire was ‘the vault’.

Although he was on a ground tour, Tom was a fully qualified - and highly capable - Canberra recce navigator and flew whenever he could. We flew together twice on 8 Oct 76, then on 21 Oct 76, 7 Jun 77, and 18 Apr 78 (a Hi-Lo- Hi sortie from Pakistan into Iran and back).

That latter sortie was on Exercise SHAHBAZ which saw the Squadron operating out of the Pakistan Air Force base at Masroor (the former RAF Mauripur). Some of the local delicacies tested even the strongest constitution which gave rise to an oft repeated catchphrase, ‘sweating like a Perrem’!

Tom and I were crewed together for all the formation practices for XIII Squadron’s farewell 9-ship Diamond Jubilee flypast over Luqa: 7-ship, 21 Sep 78: 7-ship, 22 Sep 78; 9-ship, 25 Sep 78; 9-ship, 27 Sep 78; and the final 9-ship flypast on 29 Sep 78.

We then flew together from Luqa to Wyton on 4 October 78. That was my last trip on XIII Squadron.

During our last 9-10 months in Malta, we were neighbours of Tom’s in Grosvenor Court, Balzan. Twelve years later, we holidayed in Malta and our children, both born on the island, were keen to see where they had lived. By then the terrace of houses we had known had become the Grosvenor Court Hotel. Twenty-two years after that, we visited again. By then the hotel had become an up-market residential home, Casa Antonia. It was almost as if our former home had mirrored our aging, from house, to hotel to old peoples’ home! I’m sure that would have made Tom laugh.

Sincere condolences to Tom’s family.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 16:39
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So sad. I flew with Tom probably a dozen times on 360. He and Katie were mainstays of the 'Heythrop Road' gang at Cottesmore. Tom was always fun to be with.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 20:04
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Very upset. Fond memories of going round to Tom's on a Sunday afternoon, possibly for a Dining-in Night debrief, and enjoying the wonderful family atmosphere, not to mention the fantastic soda bread. Always felt welcome around Tom and his family. Tom and his wife made a big impression on my folks who briefly met them during a squadron anniversary, my mother later commenting how lovely they both were.
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