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    Default Researching WO Eric Keith Tomlinson

    I am trying to find information on my uncle Keith Tomlinson. He was with the RCAF but stationed with the RAF. He was killed in action in 1942. I would appreciate any help and guidance.

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    One of the first things you ought to do is oorder his service record from Ottawa, its will give you his enlistment papers and details of his death etc.

    Details on the archvies website:
    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909.007-e.html

    Better again, if your in Canada, you can go review it in person.

    For the benefit of people posting, this airman is from CWGC:
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1282817

    W/O1 Eric Keith Tomlinson R/69533 260 Squadron missing on 23 Oct 1942, name on Alamein Memorial.

    He is mentioned on this italian fighter aces bio:
    http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/italy_oblach.htm

    "It seems that the 9o Gruppo formation intercepted a mixed group of twelve Kittyhawks of 260 Squadron that were covering Tomahawks of 5 SAAF Squadron with a top cover of nine Spitfires of 145 and nine Spitfires of 601 Squadrons doing a sweep over El Daba around midday. They were reportedly intercepted by four Bf109s. Flight Lieutenant Curry claiming to have damaged one while Warrant Officer Tomlinson of 260 Squadron failed to return and Sergeant Colley force-landed. No Luftwaffe records seem to correlate with this combat."

    Also here:
    http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1941.htm
    He suffered a misshap in England in 1941 prior to shipping out to North Africa.

    And we did mention him on this old thread some years back:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2729-Unaccounted-airmen-30-4-1941/page2

    which in turn quoted from:
    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=1710
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    Default E.K. Tomlinson

    He was with 403 Sq. in April 1941 and joined 416 Sq. on November 22nd 1941.

    That's all I've got.

    John

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    Hello,

    I've see that info on him has been found on my site.
    The additional info I have on him is:

    Tomlinson attended the Elementary Flying Training School at Windsor, Ontario and then the Service Flying Training School at Camp Borden.
    He volunteered to the Middle East from 416 Sq. (I have that he arrived at 416 Sq. on 20 November not 22 as John but my sources could be wrong)

    He was in 260 Sq. from 21 August 1942 until his death.

    There is a photo on him in Lavigne's "Kittyhawks over the sand" (page 93)

    Best wishes/Håkan Gustavsson
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    Default W/O E.K. Tomlinson

    My Father F/O T.E. White flew with your uncle in 260 Squardon. He is mentioned in my fathers log " W/O Tomlinson Missing Flak Accurate" on Oct 23/42. My Father was flying wing for F/Lt Cundy (Ron) while flying Kittyhawk iia FL237 Top Cover Fighter Sweep. I have a quite a few pictures of 260 at Amriya and will look for him for you,,he shouldnt be to hard to spot, he was tall. My father was from Collingwood but moved to Oshawa and I have all his stuff including Desert gear. He passed away in 1983.
    Cheers
    Don W

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    Default Eric Keith Tomlinson

    Hi Don,
    I see that you have responded to a cousin whom I have lost track of. Keith was also my Uncle.
    I wonder if you ever found those photo's of his group. I have a few but think they were taken in Canada before going overseas.
    We have applied to Archives Canada for his military history. Have to be patient.
    Thanking you in advance, Judi

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