Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Paul William Tokar

In memory of:

Flying Officer Paul William Tokar

June 29, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/27116

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Son of Steven and Teckla Tokar, of Fenwick, Ontario, Canada.

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

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

54. J. 3.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Paul William Tokar – Flying Officer Paul Tokar, 22, was one of six Canadian men on board a Wellington bomber on a navigational training exercise over Northamptonshire when the plane was struck by lighting and exploded. The six men were killed instantly. Also on board were Robert Andrews, 21, from Toronto; Charles Stephen, 30, from Montreal; William Clark, 22, from Washago; Allan MacKimmie, 18, from Bentley, Alta.; and John Sollie, 23, from Port Colquitlam, B.C.
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Paul William Tokar 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 – Flying Officer Paul William Tokar is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – On 9th November 2014, a Canadian Bomber Crew Memorial, was dedicated on Roade Memorial Green, Tal-y-Bont, Brecon Beacons, Wales to the six RCAF men who lost their lives when their Wellingtonbomber exploded over Roade 70 years previously. On July 6, 1942 a Wellington Bomber took off from the Operational Training Unit at Wellesbourne Mountford, near Stratford-upon-Avon, for a cross-country training exercise. In dense cloud the pilot decided to descend from his advised level of 10,000 feet to try and fix his position. He hit the summit of Waun Rydd. The crew were only 30 metres or so from clearing the wide plateau at the top of the mountain.
  • Crash site – On 9th November 2014, a Canadian Bomber Crew Memorial, was dedicated on Roade Memorial Green, Tal-y-Bont, Brecon Beacons, Wales to the six RCAF men who lost their lives when their Wellingtonbomber exploded over Roade 70 years previously. On July 6, 1942 a Wellington Bomber took off from the Operational Training Unit at Wellesbourne Mountford, near Stratford-upon-Avon, for a cross-country training exercise. In dense cloud the pilot decided to descend from his advised level of 10,000 feet to try and fix his position. He hit the summit of Waun Rydd. The crew were only 30 metres or so from clearing the wide plateau at the top of the mountain.
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