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623923   Sergeant Thomas Nelson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 14/08/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Died: 20/02/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Thomas Nelson was the son of Thomas J and Sarah Nelson. He was born about 1921. He was the husband of Mary Nelson. Sergeant (Air Gunner) Thomas Nelson was serving with the 158 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve when he was killed in action on 20th February 1944, aged 23. He was part of a seven man crew on board a Halifax bomber on a night raid of Leipzig.. He was shot down near Beedenbostel, NNE of Lachendorf, Germany.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Hanover War Cemetery
  Hanover, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)
Grave Ref: Grave 5-C-6
CWGC Casualty 2074979
The city of Hannover lies in the north of Germany approx 290kms west of Berlin. From the A2 motorway Dortmund to Berlin take exit 42 (Ausfahrt 42) HANNOVER-HERRENHAUSEN / GARBSEN-OST (CWGC sign) and follow the B6 direction HANNOVER-ZENTRUM. Continue along the B6 for approx 1.5kms and turn right onto L395 STOCKNERSTRASSE (CWGC sign) direction AHLEM. Continue for approx 3.5kms then turn left onto KLOCKNERSTRASSE (CWGC Signposted) Continue for approx 800m then turn left onto B441 AHLEMERSTRASSE direction HANNOVER (CWGC sign) road name changes to WUNSTORFER LANDSTRASSE. After approx 1km turn right onto RICHARD-LATTORFSTRASSE (CWGC sign) and continue for approx 800m. Turn right onto HEISTERBERGALLEE (CWGC sign) and continue for approx 1km. The cemetery can be found on the right.
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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWII - North Panel Cookstown
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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 358
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1 158 Squadron Association Details of Sergeant Thomas Nelson
2 Bomber Command website Details of raid in which Sergeant Nelson was killed
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023