Born: 5th September 1917, Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Died: 3rd April 1941; age: 23; died from exposure & cold in the sea.

Joined the R.A.F. in April 1938 on a short service commission.


Rank: Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; Service Number: 40682.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 242 Squadron.


Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross – 12th December 1940 – Awarded for gallantry in operations against the enemy. The officer during operations from Duxford has destroyed five enemy aircraft, and probably destroyed another two. He has, on all occasions, shown the greatest coolness to engage the enemy, and has a fine example to his section. Gazetted 7th January 1941. Hugh was killed two days after receiving the D.F.C. from the King.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Norman & Ethel Mary Tamblyn, of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.




1921   Alameda Town, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Hugh was 3 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Norman Tamblyn, 35, a Bank Manager, born Ladock, Cornwall, England.

Ethel Mary Tamblyn (nee McLeod), 26, born Saskatchewan.

Glen Owen Tamblyn, 2, born Saskatchewan.

The Tamblyn family were Presbyterian.


Hugh’s father later became a Bank Manager for the Royal Bank, North Battleford, Saskatchewan.


Hugh’s father, Norman Tamblyn arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on the 6th April 1907, sailing on the S.S. ‘Virginian.’ He was 21 years old, and a Railway Clerk.


Hugh was educated at Burke Public School, Yorktown Collegiate School and the Provincial Institute of Technology, Canada.




Travel – On the 5th April 1938, 20 year old, Hugh arrived at the Port of London. He had sailed Tourist Class on board ‘Andania’ of the Cunard White Star. His proposed address in the U.K. – Perth Airwork Limited, Perth, Scotland.

Group Photo – Battle-hardened pilots of No.242 (Canadian) Fighter Squadron pose in front of the Commanding Officer’s Hawker Hurricane Mk.I at RAF Station Duxford. (L- R) D.W. Crowley-Milling (RAF), P/O HUGH NORMAN TAMBLYN from Yorkton, Saskatchewan-killed in action 3 April 1941, F/L Stan Turner from Toronto, Ontario, P/O Norman Neil Campbell from St.Thomas, Ontario-killed in action 17 October 1940. P/O William ‘Willie’ Lidstone McKnight from Edmonton, Alberta-killed in action 12 January 1941, S/L D.R.S ‘Douglas’ Bader-Commanding Officer of No. 242 (Canadian) Fighter Squadron, F/L G.E. Ball (RAF)-killed in action after Battle of Britain, P/O M.G. Homer (RAF)-killed in action 27 September 1940, P/O M.K. Brown of Kincardine, Ontario – killed in flying accident on 21 February, 1941.

3rd April 1941

Aircraft: Hawker Hurricane II; Serial Number: Z2692; based at R.A.F. Coltishall, Norfolk. Hugh was taking part in a mission to protect a convoy east of Felixstowe, when they came under attack by two of the enemy’s planes. While attacking one of the heavily armed, twin engine-ed German machines he was hit. Hugh radioed to report his Hurricane was afire and losing height rapidly.

After a search his unwounded body was recovered from the sea – Hugh had died from exposure.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial




  • When I look at the photo of this most gallant band of young men it makes me very sad to think that nearly all of them were killed defending our freedom. We owe them so much.

  • My late husband Hugh Owen Tamblyn’s Uncle, was Hugh Norman Tamblyn and I always like to read about Hugh near Remembrance Day, Hugh brother nickname Chub also served as a tank commander landing in Normandy … the Tamblyn family lives in Yorkton Saskatchewan


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