Jim Cunningham PAROISSIEN


PAROISSIEN, Jim Cunningham

Service Number: 407801
Enlisted: 17 June 1940
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 458 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 31 December 1910
Home Town: Kybybolite, Naracoorte and Lucindale, South Australia
Schooling: Mount Gambier High School & Adelaide University
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Flying Battle, Sicily, Sicily, Italy, 28 April 1943, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Malta Memorial, Malta
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kybybolite Memorial Gates, Malta Memorial, Floriana, Naracoorte War Memorial, Port MacDonnell Memorial Walk, Port MacDonnell War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

17 Jun 1940: Enlisted
6 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 407801, Adelaide, SA Air Crew
6 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 407801
17 Oct 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
17 Apr 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant
15 Apr 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer
28 Apr 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 407801, No. 458 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Jim Cunningham PAROISSIEN was born on 31st December, 1910 in Mount Gambier, South Australia

His parents were Thomas PAROISSIEN and Bertha Sarah CUNNINGHAM

Jim married Mabel Doreen JOHNSON & had one son Brian James who never got to meet his father

He enlisted in the Reserves on 17th June, 1940 & was previously with the 3rd Light Horse for 1 year & 11 months & was discharged to join the RAAF - he then enlisted in the RAAF on 6th January, 1941 in Adelaide and sailed for overseas in November, 1941

Jim died in a Flying Battle in Sicily on 28th April, 1943 when the plane he was in ( Wellington MK IC  AD593) was shot down and crashed into a cliff - he was stated as missing, believed Killed in Action - he has no known grave and his name is memorialised on the Malta Memorial ,Valetta, Malta & the Australian War Memorial

His brother Leonard Tom PAROISSIEN served in WW1 (SN684) and also WW2 in the Army (SN S31359) & discharged in 1947.


On enlistment he was in Air crew V (p)

Air crew II (o) 23.4.41

Air observor 17.9.41

267 squadron 1.8.42 -458 squadron 9.10.42

attached to RAF  6.1.41

458 squadron, RAF Malta 6.1.43 - 221 Squadron

His last rank was Navigator on Wellington MK IC AD593


In 1938 Jim received a Certificate of Merit from the Royal Humane Society in recognition of his gallantry & bravery for rescuing a 6 year old girl from heavy surf at Orwell Rocks in South Australia


Narracoorte Herald (SA) 7th May, 1943, page 1

Sergeant - Observor Jim Pariossien Missing

Mrs. B Pariossien of Port MacDonnell has received word from the Air Board that her son, Sergent - Observer, J.C. Paroissien is missing in air operations in the Middle East on April 28, 1943

He joined the RAAF in June 1940 & sailed for overseas in November 1941.  He had been in the Middle East, Kenya & Malta for the last four months

Sgt-Obs Paroissiens wife, formerly Miss Johnson of Kybybolite is living at Port MacDonnell with his small son Brian, whom Jim has never seen.  Before enlisting Jim was teacher in charge of the Kybybolite School