John Peile Tolson

Pilot Officer John Peile Tolson came from strong military stock and was killed aged 21 in the Liberator AL577 crash in Co. Louth on 16th March 1942.

Pilot Officer

John Peile Tolson

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Pilot Officer John Peile Tolson came from strong military stock and was killed aged 21 in the Liberator AL577 crash in Co. Louth on 16th March 1942.

Pilot Officer John Peile Tolson (67640) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He served with Royal Air Force 108 Squadron.

RAF 108 Squadron in Egypt

Imperial War Museum Photo: CM 3386 (Part of the Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection). Consolidated Liberator Mark II, AL574 ‘O’, one of the handful of Liberators operated by No. 108 Squadron RAF in the Middle East at this time, parked on a dispersal pan at Fayid, Egypt, with its crew standing in front. Copyright Official RAF Photographer.

A proud military family

Tolson is the son of Son of Squadron Leader Wilfred George Tolson MC and Marjorie Seymour Tolson from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK. Wilfred George Tolson (75658) was a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force. He also died after a short illness while on active service at the age of 57.

John Peile Tolson came from strong military stock. He grandparents were Colonel Wilfred Tolson of the Royal Sussex Regiment and Maud Carrington Tolson.

The London Gazette announced his promotion to Pilot Officer on 27th June 1941.

Liberator AL577 crash in 1942

On 16th March 1942, he was co-pilot on Liberator AL577 when it crashed near Dundalk, Co. Louth. He was 21 years old when he died alongside thirteen others from RAF 108 Squadron.

In 2002, Pilot Officer Tolson’s brother and other family members visited the Co. Louth crash site. Former members of the Irish Army who attended the incident and other locals who remembered the crash were also present.

His nephew created a short documentary telling the story of Liberator AL577 and in particular of John Tolson and Paul Morey.

John Peile Tolson lies next to his father who passed away on 12th April the following year. His grave is in Section 1, Grave L-37 of Westfield Cemetery, Harpenden, England.

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