Jack Vivian BRITTAIN

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BRITTAIN, Jack Vivian

Service Number: 407889
Enlisted: 3 February 1941, Adelaide
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 5 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: North Norwood, SA, 11 January 1922
Home Town: Brooklyn Park, South Australia
Schooling: Lockleys Primary School, Lockleys SA
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental, Balliang, Victoria, 21 March 1942, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, S.A.
Sec. DX. Row 9. Grave 30C
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Brooklyn Park T*
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World War 2 Service

3 Feb 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 407889, Empire Air Training Scheme
3 Feb 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 407889, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide
21 Mar 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 407889, No. 5 Squadron (RAAF), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

Jack Vivian BRITTAIN

Jack Vivian BRITTAIN was born 11 January 1922 at North Norwood, South Australia
Son of Vivian Arthur (who served in WW1) & May Charlotte BRITTAIN nee BUTTERFIELD of Brooklyn Park South Australia. He was educated at Adelaide Technical High School & Adelaide University where he took a Bachelor of engineering degree.
He enlisted on 3 February 1941 in Adelaide. He served as a Pilot officer in the Royal Australian Airporce 5th Squadron. He received his wings on 24 July 1941.
He was killed in an air accident near Laverton Victoria on 21st March 1942 aged 20.



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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Jack Vivian BRITTAIN was born 11 January 1922 at North Norwood, South Australia Son of Vivian Arthur (who served in WW1) & May Charlotte BRITTAIN nee BUTTERFIELD of Brooklyn Park South Australia.

He was educated at Lockleys Primary School, where he is commemorated, Adelaide Technical High School & Adelaide University where he took a Bachelor of engineering degree.

He enlisted on 3 February 1941 in Adelaide. After qualifying as a pilot and receiving his wings on 24 July 1941, promotion to Pilot officer followed.

He was posted to No. 5 Squadron which was forming in response to the unfolding threat of Japanese expansion.  At this time it was equipped with the locally built but already obsolete Wirraway. 

It was in one of these aircraft that Jack Brittain and Sergeant William Burnett Scotton were killed in the loss of Wirraway aircraft A20-210, operating out of RAAF Laverton, which crashed near Balliang, Victoria on 21st March 1942 aged 20 years.

 

Submittd originally by Helen Prettejohn.  Edited by STeve Larkins with material submitted by David Barlow

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