OVERIJSE (TOMBEEK) CHURCHYARD
- Country Belgium
- Total identified casualties 7 Find these casualties
- Region Vlaams-Brabant
- Casualties from Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 50.75455, Longitude: 4.5676
Overijse, a village and commune 17 kilometres south-east of Brussels, lies astride the main Brussels-Namur road. The hamlet of Tombeek is on this main road, 3 kilometres east of the village. The churchyard is 180 metres south of the main road, in the centre of the hamlet. The graves are at the far end, beyond and left of the church.
The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. Overijse (Tombeek) Churchyard contains the graves of seven Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War.