Photograph courtesy of Mr. Woods.


Born: 18th October 1922, Ipswich.

Died: at 15:15 hrs, 1st July 1946; age: 23; killed whilst flying at low level through fog at Painter’s Wood, Powderham Park, Devonshire.

Residence: 26, Austin Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Malt Analyst.


John was promoted to Flight Sergeant on the13th June 1943.


Rank: Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; Service Number: 148183.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 222 Squadron.


Funeral service held 6th July 1946, at 11 a.m. Crematorium Church, Ipswich.


Grave Reference:

Section TR- Crematorium, grave 1.1.

Ipswich Crematorium,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Travers Norman & Agnes May Thorogood, of Ipswich.


Father: Travers Norman Thorogood, born 1893, Braintree, Essex.

Mother: Agnes May Thorogood (nee Huggins), born June 1894, Hoxne, Suffolk.


John was educated at Northgate Grammar School.



John was a Malt Analyst. He was living with his parents & sister at their family home – 26, Austin Street, Ipswich.

Travers, a Policeman.

Agnes, unpaid domestic duties.

Jean Muriel Thorogood, born January 1927, Ipswich.


Probate to Travers Norman Thorogood, a Carpenter & Joiner.


Earlier in the war, on the 30th May 1944, John, a Flight Officer for the Royal Air Force, 609 Squadron was shot down north of Rouen, France. He was flying a Typhoon JR 386, Evader. John found protection among the French Resistance and escaped.


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


1st July 1946

Aircraft: Gloster Meteor F.3. Mk III; serial number EE295, based at R.A.F Exeter, Devonshire. John was flying at low level through fog, when the aircraft flew into the ground at Painter’s Wood, Powderham Park, 6 miles south of Exeter.


In July 2001, John’s brother, Mr. Dennis Norman Thorogood, of Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, wrote a letter to Mr. Reg Driver, after reading an article in the Evening Star newspaper about the extension of the war memorial at Christchurch Park. Dennis submitted the name of his dear lost brother, John David Thorogood, of the R.A.F., and thanked Mr. Driver for his dedication and hard work to remember the people who gave their life.


  • John David Thorogood was my great uncle, I have all of his war memorabilia.

    If anybody has any interest in him or would like photos etc I have them.

    Regards Ashley.

  • There was a J. D. Thorogood who trained at the No. 1 British Flying Training School, Course 2, 1941, in Terrell, TX. He would have completed his training in the United States in late 1941 or early 1942. I believe the J. D. Thorogood who trained in Terrell, TX is the same J. D. Thorogood commemorated in Ipswich.

  • Bonjour, je fais des recherches sur les crashs d’ avions alliés tombés en Seine Maritime (Normandie) au cours de la seconde guerre, actuellement mes recherches concernent le Lt John Torogood abattu le 30 mai 1944 avec son Typhoon. Je recherche tous documents qui parlent de cet aviateur. Avez vous des contact avec sa famille? Merci de votre réponse.
    Bonne journée.
    A. T.


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