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MARR, JOHN NEVILLE, DFC

Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:3487; O3489
Rank:Squadron Leader
Date of Birth:10 June 1915
Place of Birth:Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross
Units:No. 25 Squadron, RAAF
No. 31 Squadron, RAAF

NAA: A12372, R/3489/P


Distinguished Flying Cross1939-45 Star
Pacific StarDefence Medal1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45

Timeline

25 March 1936Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 1st Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
31 August 1942Posted to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
24 July 1943Posted to No. 25 Squadron, RAAF.
10 June 1970Retired from the Royal Australian Air Force.

Citations

Distinguished Flying Cross:
Flying Officer MARR has been actively engaged in operational flying since November 1942 and as air observer to the Squadron Commander has participated in many sorties. His standard of navigation under difficult conditions has been of the utmost accuracy and has been directly responsible for the success of many attacks.
When in February 1943 after attacking Penfoei aerodrome in Timor his aircraft was subject to attack by enemy fighters for 25 minutes, Flying Officer MARR continuously passed information to the pilot enabling appropriate evasive action to be taken. The aircraft subsequently was able to return to base with a minimum amount of damage.
On another occasion in June 1943, while attacking a float plane base in Aroe Islands, he was wounded in the face by shrapnel from an explosive shell. He continued, however, to pass sightings of enemy aircraft to his pilot and also worked his camera continuously, bringing back many valuable photographs.
While holding the appointment of squadron wireless leader, Flying Officer MARR's extensive knowledge and untiring efforts have proved invaluable in keeping up a high standard of communications in the squadron. His efficiency and keenness are worthy of the highest praise.

Photos

F/O J.N. Marr of No. 31 Squadron, RAAF, in the Navigator's seat of a Beaufighter

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll

References

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1970, MARR John Neville : Service Number - O3489 : Date of Birth - 10/06/1915 : Place of Birth - Williamstown, VIC : Conflict - WW2, A12372, R/3489/P.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1997, MARR John Neville : Service Number - O3489 : Date of Birth - 10/06/1915 : Place of Birth - Williamstown, VIC : Conflict - WW2, A12372, R/3489/H.

Record updated on 19 November 2017.


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