John Wilson (Jack) HURSTHOUSE



Service Number: 416215
Enlisted: 24 April 1941, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 21 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 26 September 1913
Home Town: Elbow Hill, Franklin Harbour, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft crashed during an Operational Mission , Vansittart Bay, WA, 23 March 1945, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the Adelaide River Memorial Panel 7
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cowell Memorial Plaque for J Mills & J.W. Hursthouse, Cowell War Memorial, North Adelaide Christ Church and Queen's College Honour Roll, Whyalla Memorial Wall, Whyalla Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

24 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 416215, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide, SA
23 Mar 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 416215, No. 21 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Calvert Fearon Hursthouse and Lilian Ethel Hursthouse

Husband of Jean Isabel Hursthouse of Toorak Gardens, South Australia


RAAF Liberator aircraft A72-80 of 24 Squadron crashed into Vansittart Bay, WA shortly after take-off from Truscott airstrip on an Operational mission - all on board were killed:


Bodies not recovered, commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial -

Flying Officer John Wilson Hursthouse 416215

Flying Officer Raymond Allenby Whiting 426733

Warrant Officer William Richard Flanagan 401748

Warrant Officer Herbert Gordon Parker 408591

Flight Sergeant Howey James Boyd 427775

Flight Sergeant Ronald Malcolm Morris 46563

Flight Sergeant John Richmond Ryan 422716

Sergeant Alexander Douglas Whitehead 121592

Corporal Douglas William Madden 36484


Bodies recovered, buried at Adelaide River War Cemetery -

Squadron Leader Nathaniel Ivan Straus 250759 (Mentioned in Despatches)

Flight Lieutenant Charles David Parry-Okeden 404485

Flight Sergeant William Anthony Jordan Rodgers 436889