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John William Thrasher

In memory of:

Pilot Officer John William Thrasher

December 20, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/19337

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

617 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Charles De Vere Thrasher and Irene Agnes Thrasher, of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 220 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

GOSSELIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Belgium

Grave Reference:

Row 2. Grave 16.

Location:

GOSSELIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY is located 5 km north of Charleroi. Taking the E42 from Mons in the direction of Liege then exit at Gosselies onto the N5 towards Charleroi. 2 Km after this junction lies the third right hand turning towards Brussels. After taking this turning the next right hand turning leads onto the Chaussee de Fleurus, with the cemetery located 50 metres along this road on the left hand side. Visitors should note that this site is restricted to normal cemetery opening hours.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– John Thrasher is the sixth man back row. These are the surviving Canadian members of the Dambuster Raid of May 17, 1943 (617 squadron).
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer John William Thrasher is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer John William Thrasher is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Squadron Badge
  • Grave marker

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