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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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263 Squadron Crest
13.10.1944 No. 263 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN476 P/O. John Thould

Operation: Patrol

Date: 13th October 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 263 Squadron

Type: Typhoon

Serial: MN476

Code: Not known

Base: ALS: B.51 Lille/ Vendeville

Location: Hoogstraten, Belgium

Pilot: P/O. John Thould 175972 RAFVR Age 24. Killed


During the afternoon the Typhoon is understood to have been hit by flak - crashing at Hoogstraten in Belgium.

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Burial details:

P/O. John Thould. Merksplas Communal Cemetery. Grave 1. Son of Mrs. E. E. Thould, of Worcester, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Frank Mahieu and his colleagues for visiting the cemetery and photographing this and other graves in the area. Any relative who would like a higher resolution of his grave photo are welcome to contact us. Other sources as quoted below:

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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