Dunlop, Thomas Norman (No. 1798048)

Dunlop, Thomas Norman (Norman)

Sergeant

No. 1798048, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed on active service on Thursday 8 March 1945 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 274)

Ireland’s Aviator Heroes of World War II by John C. Hewitt

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Norman Dunlop was born on 17 May 1925 in Newtownards and he was a son of William and Margaret Dunlop (nee Dunlop).  William Dunlop worked as an upholsterer and he and Margaret Dunlop were married on 23 January 1918 in Regent Street Methodist Church, Newtownards.  William’s parents lived at 30 Delaware Street, Belfast and Margaret’s parents lived at 37 Court Street, Newtownards.  William and Margaret Dunlop had at least four children including:

James Patton (Jim, born 28 January 1919 in Court Street, Newtownards)

Molly

Thomas Norman (born 17 May 1925)

During the Second World War Jim Dunlop served with the Royal Navy.

Norman Dunlop was a founder member of 1901 (Cregagh) Air Training Corps Squadron and he was an apprentice electrician before he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 22 June 1943.  He served in Bomber Command and on 7 March 1945 he was one of a seven-man crew aboard an Avro Lancaster Mark I aircraft (PB852) that took off at 6.25 pm from RAF East Kirkby in Lincolnshire on a mission to bomb oil installations at Harburg in Germany.  Their aircraft was lost without trace and the other six men who died that night were:

  • Flying Officer Charles William Baush (aged 30) from Muswell Hill, Middlesex
  • Flight Sergeant Norman Cooper
  • Flight Sergeant John Ernest Thompson (aged 22) from Hoole, Cheshire
  • Flight Sergeant Donald Stuart Whitehouse from Sheffield
  • Flight Sergeant John Leslie Stone
  • Warrant Officer Donald Forbes (aged 21) from Chiswick, Middlesex

Sergeant Thomas Norman Dunlop (No. 1798048) is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey and on Page 156 in the book Ireland’s Aviator Heroes of World War II by John C. Hewitt.