THURECHT, Norman Ray

Service Number: 414102
Enlisted: 20 July 1941
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 156 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Gympie, Queensland, Australia , 14 December 1922
Home Town: Gympie, Queensland
Schooling: Gympie State High School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Bank Officer
Died: Shot down over Frisian Islands returning from raid, Off Netherlands, 3 April 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gympie WW2, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

20 Jul 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, 414102, Aircrew Training Units
20 Jul 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 414102, No. 156 Squadron (RAF)
3 Apr 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 414102, No. 156 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45, Lost with the rest of the crew of Lancaster W4894 squadron code GT-T over Texel Island, The Netherlands

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Sergeant Norman Thurecht, the bomb-aimer in the crew of  Lancaster W4894 GT-T, was lost with the reminder of the crew on a raid with No.156 Squadron.

156 Squadron was one of the Pathfinder Force squadrons that led the bomber stream to its targets over Germany and occupied Europe.

The aircraft was shot down near Texel Island off the Netherland's coast.

The aircraft was discovered in 1989 when a Dutch fishing trawler snagged its wreckage.

Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Norman Ray THURECHT was born in Gympie, Queensland on 14th December, 1922

His parents were Norman David THURECHT & Eileen Isabel KEMP

His father Norman served in WW1 (SN3159) and WW 2 (SN QX19632)