Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Douglas Tomlin

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Douglas Tomlin

April 25, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/90650

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

635 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Alfred A. and L. Pearl Tomlin, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 463 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

10 B. 21.

Location:

BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY is located 39 Km north west of Antwerp and 19 Km after passing the Border into the Netherlands. The N11 connects Antwerp to Bergen op Zoom via Kapellen, Pulte, Hoogerheide and finally on to Bergen op Zoom. On reaching Bergen op Zoom railway station, turn right onto the Bredastraat. Follow this road for 500 M where it becomes Wouwsestraatweg and carry straight on for 2.5 km. The street name has now changed to the Ruytershoveweg and the war cemetery can be found on the left 200 M further than the Canadian cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper clipping– The Toronto Star January 19, 1945, page 9

P/O Tomlin served on 635 Squadron Pathfinder Force and was rear air gunner, and the only Canadian, on  Lancaster ND848 which had been delivered to the Sqdn on 12 April 44 and lost on its first operation with a total of 8 recorded hours.  The crew were airborne at 2147 on the 24th of April from their home base at Downham Market on an operation to Karlsruhe, and crashed homebound at Loon op Zand, Holland.  F/S A. M. Ross was injured and confined to hospital.  Those killed are buried in the British Cemetery, Bergen op Zoom.  They are:

Sgt. (FE) Peter C. Wilson, age 20, from Yorkshire
F/O (N) Joseph Rigby, age 23, from Lancashire
F/S (AB) John E. Bloomer, age 21, from Nottingham
Sgt. (WAG) John W. Hoyle, age 22, from Manchester
Sgt. (AG) Roy D. Hewlett, age 20, from Oxford

[Sources:  CWGC; //lostbombers.co.uk]
  • Newspaper clipping– Obituary from The Toronto Star January 19, 1945, page 9
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Douglas Tomlin is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Douglas Tomlin is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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