Favel Tomachepolsky

Special Operator, 101 Squadron
Service number 1389282
Died 3 November 1943
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Age 21


Favel was born on 17 August 1921 in Paddington, London to Russian born Joseph who was a fur trader and Esther née Hyams.

When Favel was twenty he married Mary Gotlieb in 1941 Hackney and their son Jason was born five months after his father’s death. The family surname was changed in 1943 to Tomas.

Favel known as ‘Tomo’ volunteered in November 1941. Navigator Ken Scott who was in another aircraft on the same raid, first met Tomo at No 2 Sqn, A Flight 6, Initial Training Wing at Aberystwyth where they both graduated in May 1942. They went on to Anstey, but both failed the flying course and met up again at Ludford Magna in Oct 1943. Ken described Tomo, ‘as a remarkable chap and an accomplished artist who drew amazing portraits of his comrades.’

Favel was the special operator on Lancaster DV265 which departed RAF Ludford Magna on a night operation to Dusseldorf. The aircraft was coned by searchlights, and shot by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Hans-Heinz Augenstein of the 9./NJG 1. The aircraft caught fire in the central fuselage area and communications were lost. Five crew were killed and three became prisoners of war.

A/G George Edwin Boucher 1315053, killed
Pilot Anthony Henry Evans 1318804, killed
W/Op Arthur Fogg 1240718, killed
A/G Cyril Terence Wheldon 1818212, killed
Favel Tomachepolsky, killed

Robert Anderson 646029, POW Stalag 4B
A Longstaff 1450372, POW Stalag 4B
RG Phillips 1332231, POW Dulag DL Wetzlar