HAYWARD FRED TOMKINS

Born: 1920, Chipping Sodbury, Shropshire.

Died: 16th October 1941; age: 21 – Operation: ‘Habo Patrol’

Rank: Sergeant Wireless/Operator/Air/Gunner; Service Number: 755409.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 59 Squadron.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 53.

Runnymede Memorial,

Surrey.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick & Christiana Harriet Tomkins, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Frederick Tomkins, born 1896, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Mother: Christiana Harriet Tomkins (nee Plummer), born February 1895, Somersham, Suffolk.

 

16th October 1941

 

In July 1940, No.59 Squadron moved to Thorney Island, West Sussex, becoming a reconnaissance squadron carrying out anti-shipping strikes, first with Blenheim’s and then with Lockheed Hudson’s. On the 16th October during operation Habo Patrol (Le Havre – Boulogne), Hayward was in a Hudson V serial AM 740 code TR-O. Taking off from Thorney Island at 18:50 hours. The aircraft failed to return. Believed shot down off Boulogne in the English Channel.

Crew:

Pilot Officer; Maurice Henry Sherley-Price; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.

Observation Sergeant; Charles Ewart White; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant; Cubit Henry Benjamin Page; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.

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