Image from the Evening Star – 23rd October 1941

Born: 20th January 1920, Chipping Sodbury, Shropshire.

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

Residence: 270, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich.

Employed: on the staff of the Eastern Counties Farmers’ Co-operative Society, Princes Street, Ipswich.

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

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 59 Squadron.

Memorial Reference:

Panel 53.

Runnymede Memorial,


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

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

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


Hayward was a Junior Clerk with the Eastern Counties Farmers’ Cooperative Society. He was living with his siblings at their family home – 270, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich.

Betty Margrett Tomkins, born January 1922, Bristol, Avon.

Colin Maurice Tomkins, at School, born September 1926, Sheppey, Kent.

Graham Dennis Tomkins, at School, born July 1932, Ipswich.

Hayward’s mother, Chistiana Tomkins was living at 266, Clapgate Lane, the family home of George Tweed & Lily Agnes M. Tweed (nee Thurlow).

Hayward’s sisters – Jean Priscilla Tomkins, born 1928, Sheppey, Kent and Heather Patricia Margaret Tomkins, born 1930, Ipswich were living with their maternal grandparents Frederick Charles Plummer, a blacksmith & Florence Emma Plummer (nee Grimsey), of Rose Cottage, 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.

Fellow 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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