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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:493
Rank:Squadron Leader
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

AWM: P12424.001


2 October 1939Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Promoted to Pilot Officer.
Posted to No. 23 Squadron, RAAF, Brisbane.
30 April 1940Promoted to Flying Officer.
16 October 1940Posted to Headquarters, Melbourne.
19 October 1940Embarked Sydney.
26 November 1940Posted to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF, Middle East.
1 July 1941Promoted to Flight Lieutenant.
29 November 1941Disembarked Sydney.
Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Sydney.
19 December 1941Posted to No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Point Cook.
1 January 1942Mentioned in Despatches.
7 January 1942Posted to No. 4 Squadron, RAAF, Canberra.
19 March 1942Promoted to Acting Squadron Leader.
Posted to No. 75 Squadron, RAAF, Port Moresby.
7 April 1942Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
10 April 1942Kittyhawk A29-24: Aircraft was shot down by Japanese Zero fighters while engaged on a reconnaissance mission to Lae, Salamaua, and Nadzab.
23 April 1942Reported 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.

Burial Details

Grave:B2. C. 17.
Epitaph:Life is Eternal


J.F. Jackson in Wirraway A20-100 of No. 23 Squadron, RAAF, at Archerfield, QueenslandGrave of S/Ldr J.F. Jackson, DFC, at the Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

External Links

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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