Image from the Evening Star – 23rd November 1943.


Born: 1923, Ipswich.

Died: 16th November 1943; age: 20. On an attack on Siebel Ferry and two barges near island of Kalymnos.

Residence: 17, Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Flying Officer; Service Number: 128593.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 47 Squadron.


Memorial Reference:

Column 268.

Alamein Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of Frederick William & Dorothy Fletcher, of Ipswich.


Father: Frederick William Fletcher, born June 1885, Higham, Suffolk.

Mother: Dorothy Fletcher (nee Freeman), born November 1887, Mendlesham, Suffolk.


John was educated at Northgate School, Ipswich.

Brother to PETER GORDON FLETCHER – Peter’s parents had heard the news about John 4 days earlier.



John was living with his parents & brother at their family home – 17, Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.

Frederick, a Railway Accounts Clerk.

Dorothy, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Peter Gordon Fletcher, an Engineering Wages Clerk, born February 1922, Ipswich.

Ernestine Bratt, unpaid Domestic Duties, born August 1856, Shipston On Stour, Worcestershire.

Ernestine had been Governess to the Freeman family, and later their Housekeeper.


John is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich.


16th November 1943.

Aircraft: Bristol Beaufighter TF Mk. X; serial number: LX923, failed to return after taking off on the morning of the 16th November on a highly dangerous operation to attack the Siebel Ferry and two barges near the island of Kalymnos. Aircraft presumed shot down by a Luftwaffe Bf-109.


Jack Dale; Sergeant; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

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