Born: 3rd October 1923, Ipswich.

Died: 6th September 1942; age: 18. Killed while training in Alberta under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan – No. 31 Elementary Flying Training School, DeWinton, Alta.

Residence: 505, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich; Religion: CofE.

Rank: Leading Aircraftman; Service Number: 1455337; Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Grave Reference:


Calgary (Burnsland) Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert William Thompson & Theodora May Thompson, of Ipswich.


Father: Robert William Thompson, born February, 1897.

Mother: Theodora May Thompson (nee Nears), born May 1896, Ipswich.


John is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo Church, Ipswich.


6th September 1942.


John was posted to the Elementary Flying Training School on 30th August 1942 as an under training pilot. He was flying with his instructor during his third hour’s dual, when, owing to an error of judgement on the part of his instructor, the aircraft struck the surface of the River Bow, causing the aircraft to nose in at high speed. The aircraft was completely wrecked, and he was killed instantaneously.

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