John Howell FURNESS


FURNESS, John Howell

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 26 September 1941, Unley, SA
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 15 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Malvern, South Australia, 8 April 1922
Home Town: Malvern, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Librarian
Died: Flying Battle, Germany, 4 December 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

26 Sep 1941: Enlisted Unley, SA
27 Oct 1942: Enlisted Sydney, NSW
28 Aug 1944: Transferred Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, No. 15 Squadron (RAF)
24 Nov 1944: Promoted Pilot Officer, No. 15 Squadron (RAF)

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Biography contributed by David Jordan

John Furness was born in South Australia.  He was working as a Librarian at the Adelaide University Law Library.  He initially enlisted in the Army (CMF) before transferring to the RAAF.  John trained as a General Duties Navigator in Australia, Canada and UK before joining No. 15 Sqn (RAF) on Lancasters.

His aircraft (Lancaster HK626) was struck by flack over Oberhausen Germany.  All crew members were killed.