Thomas was a Wireless Telegraphist and enlisted in the RAF. He served with various RAF Squadrons before being posted to 452 Squadron in the UK in 1942. (Web Master: 452 Squadron was the first RAAF Squadron formed in Britain during the Second World War. On 22 May 1941, the Squadron became operational as a fighter squadron flying early model Supermarine Spitfires.) The Squadron and Bill eventually endied up in Darwin in 1943.
When 452 Squadron moved to Morotai in 1944, Bill was posted as a Sergeant Instructor to the Signal School, Point Cook. There, while in Melbourne, he met Lorna and they married in 1944.
When the War in the Pacific ended, Bill and Lorna went back to the UK and he was demobilised. They then moved back to Sydney in 1948. He worked as a menswear buyer at Farmers, then as Company Secretary at Telex Hearing Centre, finishing his business career at Goodyear.
On retirement, Bill and Lorna moved from Gymea to Blaxland. He died at Blaxland NSW on 26th June, 1996 at the age of ninety years.