Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Thomas Henry Navin Emerson

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Thomas Henry Navin Emerson

July 14, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/18062

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

405 Sqdn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Medal

Additional Information


Son of Thomas James Emerson and Josephine Navin Emerson, of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 157 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

16. E. 4.

Location:

The town of Nijmegen is 16 km south of Arnhem. JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY is 4 km south west of Nijmegen, 1 km south of the main Grave-Nijmegen road. Folowing the A73 exit at the junction Nijmegen Wijchen taking following directions to Nijmegen along the A32b entering Nijmegen on the Graafseweg. On reaching the Industrieterrein a Commission signpost directs visitors to turn left onto the Weg Door Jonkerbos. Shortly after appears a further signpost showing the left hand turning onto Oude Mollenhutseweg. The JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY is located on 150 metres after entering the Oude Mollenhutseweg on the right hand side of the road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial – Pilot Officer Thomas Henry Navin Emerson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Pilot Officer Thomas Henry Navin Emerson is also 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
  • Grave Marker – Photo courtesy of Frans van Cappellen, Putten, The Netherlands
Halifax aircraft HR-905 was airborne 2315 13Jul43 from Gransden Lodge. Shot down by a night-fighter and disintegrated near Asten (Noord Brabant), 9 km SE of Helmond, Holland. Burials were held at the temporary military cemetery at Venlo. Their graves are now located in Jonkerbos War Cemetery. S/L D. L. Wolfe, DFC, joined the RAF prior to the outbreak of war.  He had been a flight commander with 419 Sqdn and was on his second tour of operations. Sgt Bebensee RCAF had previously served on No.35 Sqdn, his DFM being Gazetted 11Jun43. That for F/S Emerson was Gazetted 28Jul44.  Sgt D.G.Bebensee DFM RCAF KIA F/O R.G.Morrison DFC; Sgt E.M.Witt; F/O G.G.McGladrey DFC; F/S T.H.N.Emerson DFM.  Two crew were taken PoW:  F/O D.M.Clarke, RCAF, was interned in Camp L3. No.6474 with F/O D.J.Smith, RNZAF, PoW No.6291. 
(Source:  //lostbombers.co.uk)
  • Photo of THOMAS HENRY NAVIN EMERSON – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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