Cyril Tofield

Sergeant, 217 Squadron
Service number 1012769
Died 8 Mar 1942
Buried Failsworth Jewish Cemetery, Manchester
Age 21

Headstone Inscription
‘DEEPLY MOURNED BY HIS BROKEN HEARTED PARENTS, SISTERS AND RELATIVES. TO KNOW HIM WAS TO LOVE HIM’


Cyril was born in 1920 in Prestwich, Manchester to Polish born Morris and Austrian born Jennie nee Glicher and he had three sisters, Cecily, Rita and Beryl. Their father Morris worked as a tailor.

Cyril studied at the Salford Royal Technical College for an engineering degree. ‘He was of an inventive turn of mind and contributed articles to engineering journals. One of his inventions was an anti-aircraft shell which was being considered by the authorities. He was a keen Zionist and a member of Vatike Habonim and the Higher Broughton Young Judeans.’ Jewish Chronicle Obituary.

Cyril was an observer on Beaufort AW242 which departed RAF Leuchars to journey to RAF Wick. The aircraft crashed on the Hill of Wirren, Scotland in poor visibility killing all on board.

W/Op, Jack Hayhurst, 1122493
W/Op, Leslie Frank Humphrys, 1189555
Pilot, Roy Walter George Stephens, 1376366

Cyril is 2nd row, 2nd from right. Courtesy of www.aw288.net
Beaufort AW242 on left. Courtesy RAF Museum