JACKSON, JOHN FRANCIS, DFC
|Service:||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Date of Birth:||23 February 1908|
|Place of Birth:||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Date of Death:||28 April 1942 (Aged 34 years)|
|Decorations:||Distinguished Flying Cross|
Mentioned in Despatches
|Units:||No. 3 Squadron, RAAF|
No. 4 Squadron, RAAF
No. 23 Squadron, RAAF
No. 75 Squadron, RAAF †
No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
|2 October 1939||Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force.|
Promoted to Pilot Officer.
Posted to No. 23 Squadron, RAAF, Brisbane.
|30 April 1940||Promoted to Flying Officer.|
|16 October 1940||Posted to Headquarters, Melbourne.|
|19 October 1940||Embarked Sydney.|
|26 November 1940||Posted to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF, Middle East.|
|1 July 1941||Promoted to Flight Lieutenant.|
|29 November 1941||Disembarked Sydney.|
Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Sydney.
|19 December 1941||Posted to No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Point Cook.|
|1 January 1942||Mentioned in Despatches.|
|7 January 1942||Posted to No. 4 Squadron, RAAF, Canberra.|
|19 March 1942||Promoted to Acting Squadron Leader.|
Posted to No. 75 Squadron, RAAF, Port Moresby.
|7 April 1942||Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.|
|10 April 1942||Kittyhawk A29-24: Aircraft was shot down by Japanese Zero fighters while engaged on a reconnaissance mission to Lae, Salamaua, and Nadzab.|
|23 April 1942||Reported back to No. 75 Squadron, RAAF, Port Moresby.|
|28 April 1942 †||Kittyhawk A29-8: Crashed and destroyed, Mount Lawes, Port Moresby, during enemy action.|
Distinguished Flying Cross:
This officer has served with squadron since December 1940. Has participated in operations in Lybia, Syria and short time in Cyprus. Has invariably displayed marked keeness and determination. One occasion April 1941 near Benghazi participated in attack against force enemy bombers which were harrassing our troops. In combat shot down three enemy aircraft. Has destroyed eight hostile aircraft.
|Cemetery:||PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY|
|Grave:||B2. C. 17.|
|Epitaph:||Life is Eternal|
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
World War 2 Nominal Roll
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, JACKSON JOHN FRANCIS : Service Number - 493 : Date of birth - 23 Feb 1908 : Place of birth - Unknown : Place of enlistment - Unknown : Next of Kin - JACKSON ELIZABETH, A9300, JACKSON J F.
National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1961, Operations record book (forms A50 & A51), 75 Squadron. [Unit history sheets], A9186, 95.
Record updated on 5 May 2018.
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