Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Donald Clifford Tonkin

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Donald Clifford Tonkin

December 24, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/95500

Age:

20

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Harry P. and Marjorie B. Tonkin, 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:

VENRAY WAR CEMETERY
Netherlands

Grave Reference:

Coll. grave VIII. D. 9-10.

Location:

Venray is located 40 Km east of Eindhoven in the south east province of Limburg. Approaching from Helmond via the road to Venray lies the first exit in Venray to Overloon N270. From the first crossroads along this road turn left and follow signposts to the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • 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 Donald Clifford Tonkin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Pilot Officer Donald Clifford Tonkin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker – Operation Lohausen airfield Dusseldorf December 24, 1944
408 Squadron Operational Record Book.
Linton-on-Ouse, December 24, 1944.
Sixteen Halifax aircraft of this Squadron were detailed to attack Dusseldorf/Lohausen airfield. All aircraft took off. Thirteen aircraft claimed to have attacked the target between 1450.5 and 1457.5 hours from between 
15 to 18,500 feet. Two aircraft abandoned the mission due to engine trouble. One aircraft NP781 “U” failed to return from this operation and nothing has been heard of, or from this aircraft since take off time. 
All crews were unanimous in the decision that this attack was successful and very concentrated. Ground defences consisted of heavy flak bursting between 16 to 18,500 feet. A number of our aircraft were damaged by flak. All aircraft were diverted to Earls Colne, Essex. England.
 
Crew of Halifax Aircraft NP781 EQ-U
Pilot, Canadian J37475 Flying Officer Dunwoodie W H – POW
Navigator Canadian J ? Flight Lieutenant Friker W L - KIA
Air Bomber, Canadian J38411 Flying Officer Kellar D G.- KIA
Wireless Operator, Canadian R212809  Flight Sergeant Tonkin D C. - KIA
Mid Upper Gunner, Canadian R88187 Flight Sergeant Chiasson J A – POW
Rear Gunner, Canadian R274509 Flight Sergeant D’Amour G R- KIA  - KIA
Flight Engineer, Canadian R208171 Flight Sergeant Allan W B -  KIA
   
Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, WR Chorley, Loss of Aircraft and Crew WR Chorley, Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War.
Volume 5 1944, 408 Squadron Halifax VII. NP781 EQ-U failed to return from an Operation on Lohausen Airfield
  • Details of the Crash

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