John Anthony Howard WILKINSON

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WILKINSON, John Anthony Howard

Service Number: 417547
Enlisted: 23 May 1942, Adelaide
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 23 March 1924
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Sacred Heart College
Occupation: Clerk (Elder's T&E Co. Adelaide)
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), France, 29 July 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Choloy War Cemetery, France
Memorials: Adelaide WW II Wall of Remembrance*, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

23 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Adelaide
23 May 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 417547, No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography

"John Anthony Howard Wilkinson was the eldest boy in a family of seven. He was shy and gentle with an easy laugh.

After completing high school at Sacred Heart College, in South Australia, he worked as a clerk at Elder's Trustee and Executor Company in Adelaide.

When War broke out, John enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He saw active service as a Flying Officer in 463 Squadron, which sustained the highest damage (by size) of any Australian squadron. One in two airmen died. 

In 1944, on his fifteenth mission, John was killed in France. He was 20 years old..." - READ MORE LINK (open.abc.net.au)

 

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