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, Alberta.

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, Ipswich.

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




John was attending school, and living with his parents, brother, and cousin, at their family home – 503/505, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Robert, a Buyer, Salesman, Mechanic – Cycles, Wireless etc. During the Second World War, Robert was a Special Constable.

Theodora, a General Shop Keeper.

Brian Theodore Thompson, at School, born May 1928, Ipswich.

Barbara Geraldine Hastings, at School, born July 1922, 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 (who had been posted to the Station, on the 27th July 1942), during his third hour’s dual, when, owing to an error of judgement on the part of his instructor, who was engaged in illegal low flying between the rising Banks of the River Bow (it being estimated that the banks rose 150ft above water level), the aircraft’s undercarriage struck the surface of the River Bow, causing the aircraft to nose in at high speed. The aircraft was completely wrecked, and he and the instructor were killed instantly.


William Arnold Howell; Sergeant/Pilot; age 32; R.A.F.V.R.

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  • Thank you for this post. Brian Thompson was my father and his date of birth was 1928 rather than 1922 as currently stated


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