Roscoe Dale Tomlinson was born at Whitesburg, Tennessee, the son of Carl Clinton Tomlinson and Carrie Lizette White. Brother of Henry Wayne Tomlinson who served a field artillery unit in France.
S/Sgt Tomlinson died 28 May 1944

Staff Sergeant
613th Bomber Squadron, 401st Bomber Group, Heavy

Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-102581 was on an operational bombing mission to Dessau, Germany. The aircraft was shot down 36,5 km east of Burg by Magdeburg, south of Glienecke, Germany by fighters and crashed with the bomb load.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt Paul Fredrick Scharff
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Charles Ansel Eckert
Navigator, 1st Lt Bernard Schwartz
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Robert Earl Hoover
Radio Operator, Sgt Robert Charles Strong
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Richard Xavier Karl
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Charles H. Bedell Jr.
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt James Montgomery Smallin
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Roscoe Dale Tomlinson
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt Frederick Gordon Pynigar

S/Sgt Tomlinson is buried at Creechs Chapel Cemetery, Whitesburg, Hamblen County in Tennessee.

The Johnson City Press-Chronicle, December 19, 1944
Two upstate men are listed by the War Department as having been killed in action. They are Staff. Sgt. Roscoe D. Tomlinson, 21, son fo Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Tomlinson of Johnson City and Pvt. Arthur L. Rutherford. Tomlinson, reported missing since midsummer, was listed as killed in action in the European area. A waist gunner of an Eight Air Force Flying Fortress crew, Sgt. Tomlinson was awarded the Air Medal last April for ëxceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in combat missions over continental Europe.”
In civilian life he was employed by American Bember Corporation as a process worker. He was graduated from Whitesburgh High School in 1940. Shortly after enlistment in the Air Corps in October, 1942, he was graduated form armament school at Lowry Field, Denver, Colo., and later had aerial gunnery training at Tyndall Field, Fla.
An older brother, Pvt. Henry Tomlinson, is witht he famous field artillery in France.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 14 May 1922
  • Date of death: 28 May 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 613th Bomber Squadron, 401st Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Creechs Chapel Cemetery, Whitesburg, Hamblen County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Bottom Panel
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