Flight Sergeant Jack Irvine THOMPSON

Service No: 403437
Born: Manilla NSW, 23 April 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 January 1941
Unit: No. 14 Squadron (RAF), Shallufa, Egypt
Died: Air Operations: (No. 14 Squadron Marauder aircraft FK 150), Eastern Mediterranean, 15 February 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of the Revd. William Alexander Thompson and Lucy Evelyn Thompson, of Bexley, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Bexley NSW
Remembered: Column 278, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Marauder FK 150 of No. 14 Squadron took off from RAF Shallufa at 1045 hours on 15 February 1943 together with Marauder FK 142 to carry out an offensive sweep with torpedos in the Aegean Sea. No message was received from FK 150 after take off and it did not return to base. Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1948 that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of FK 150 were:

Flying Officer Bernard Thomas Connell (402853) (RNZAF) (Navigator)
Sergeant Kenneth Firth (1068543) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Robert Edward Herbert Hope (407363) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Sergeant William James Semple (542705) (RAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Jack Irvine Thompson (403437) (Second Pilot)
Pilot Officer Colin Carl Truman (402766) (Pilot)

Marauder FK 142 subsequently made a forced landing in Turkey, and the crew were interned in Ankara. They were later released and rejoined the Squadron. In a statement made by this crew they reported that “they last saw FK 150 in the Euboean Sea heading north east about 1600 hours and it did not appear to be in trouble. FK 150 was in radio communication with the accompanying aircraft until 1630 hours, and then nothing further was heard.”


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/166/239


Napier, Michael Winged Crusaders: the exploits of 14 Squadron RFC & RAF 1915-1945, Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley UK, 2012

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