Image from 8th November 1944 Evening Star Newspaper.
Born: 1924, Ipswich.
Died: 4th November 1944; age: 20; Died of severe head and chest injuries, at 135th U.S.A. General Hospital, Leominster, Herefordshire.
Residence: 148, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.
Employed: at Messrs. Reavell and Co., Ipswich.
John joined the Air Force in early 1943, and gained his wings at Teville, Texas.
Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1805162.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 5 Gilder Training School.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Thomas Boon & Lilian Annie Boon, of Ipswich.
Father: Frederick Thomas Cecil Boon, born February 1895, Ipswich. A Capstan Lathe Hand – Brass.
Mother: Gertrude Maud Boon (nee Pooley), born 1897, Ipswich – died 1928, Ipswich.
Step-Mother: Lilian Annie Boon (nee Brill), born September 1891.
John was educated at Northgate School, he joined the 262nd Squadron, Air Training Corps.
John is also remembered on the war memorial at Bethesda Baptist Church, St. Margaret’s Plain, Ipswich.
3rd November 1944
Aircraft: Hotspur III Toop Carrying Glider; serial number HH134; based at Shobden Airfield, Herefordshire. John was the pilot of the Hotspur when it collided, mid-air with another Hotspur whilst approaching to land. John was transferred to the 135th U.S.A General Hospital, at Leominster, but died of his injuries the next day. Sergeant James Wardrobe Walker of the R.A.F.V.R. No. 5 Glider Training School, pilot of the other Hotspur, serial number BT508, died on the 3rd November 1944, and was laid to rest at Gateshead East Cemetery, Durham. He was 21 years old.