John Augustine SIEBERT DFC


SIEBERT, John Augustine

Service Number: 416897
Enlisted: 11 October 1941
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 454 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Adelaide, SA, 21 July 1922
Home Town: Kingswood, South Australia
Schooling: Christian Brothers' College, Rostrevor College
Occupation: Staff Land Titles Office
Died: Air operations, Mediterranean Sea, 27 February 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein, Marsa Matruh, Egypt
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Alamein Memorial (El Alamein), Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rostrevor College WW2 Memorial Plaques
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World War 2 Service

11 Oct 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 416897, No. 454 Squadron (RAAF)
11 Oct 1941: Enlisted Adelaide
11 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 416897
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Augustine Frederick Siebert, and of Francis Estella Siebert, of Glenelg, South Australia.

Mrs. A. F. Siebert, of Gower street, Dunleath, has been notified that her only son. Flt-Sgt. John Siebert, 21, has been reported missing during air operations in the Middle East. He is the son of the late Mr. Gus Siebert. Before joining the RAAF in 1941 he was on the staff of the Lands Titles Office.

Member of Noted Catholic
Family Gains High Honor.
IT was officially announced on Saturday last that Flight Lieutenant John Aloysius Siebert, of Adelaide, had been awarded the coveted Distinguished Flying Cross for his conspicuous gallantry and devotion to hazardous duty with the Royal Air Force since the outbreak of war. Member of a well-known and much esteemed Catholic family, Flight Lieutenant Siebert is a son of Mr. Frank J. Siebert and Mrs. Siebert, of Wakefield Street, Adelaide, and Seafield Avenue, Kingswood. With his brothers, Frank and Peter Siebert (the latter is now serving with the R.A.A.F. in Canada), he is amongst the most devoted and popular of the old boys at Christian Brothers' College, Rostrevor. On Saturday last the  Rostrevor College flag was flown in honor of the distinguished airman, who has always been happy to pay fitting honor to his Alma Mater.
In 1937, Flight Lieut. Siebert joined the R.A.A.F. at Point Cook, and in August, 1938, he was appointed to the Royal Air Force School, at Uxbridge, England. Since the outbreak of  war in September of last year he has been attached to a squadron of Handley-Page Hampden twin-engine bombers, and he has made 36 flights to military objectives in Germany.

Flight-Lieut. J. A. Siebert Killed
Mr. F. J. Siebert, of Seafield avenue, Kingswood, has received private advice that his son Flight-Lieut. J.A. Flight-Lieut. Siebert. DF.C. has been killed as the result of air operations. Flight-Lieut. Siebert was previously reported "missing, believed killed." The communication received by Mr. Siebert states that the crew of his son's plane are unwounded prisoners in Germany.
Flight - Leut. Siebert was awarded the D.F.C. last November. He was educated at Christian Brothers' College and Rostrevor, where he was a prefect and stroke of the college eight. He achieved success in several gymnastic championships. He joined the R.AF. in 1937, and entered the R.A.F. training station at Uxbridge, England, in August 1938. He was promoted to the rank of acting flight-lieutenant last year. He took part in a number of raids over Germany while attached to a bomber squadron.