Jack William Robinson BOANAS

BOANAS, Jack William Robinson

Service Number: 417331
Enlisted: 25 April 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Muston, South Australia, 7 December 1921
Home Town: Muston, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Prisoner of the Japanese, Ambon, Netherlands East Indies, 31 October 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
2. B. 13.
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Kingscote War Memorial, No 2 Squadron RAAF Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

25 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 417331, Royal Australian Air Force
25 Apr 1942: Enlisted Adelaide
25 Apr 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 417331
8 Sep 1943: Involvement No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
9 Sep 1943: Imprisoned Air War SE Asia 1941-45, Captured by Japanese along with 410337 Flight Sergeant Maurice Anthony Graham following shooting down of Lockheed Hudson aircraft A16-233 near the Tanimbar Islands, west of Timor. Later executed.
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Lockheed Hudson aircraft A16-233 of Number 2 Squadron was shot down into the Timor Sea near Tanimbar Island while attacking a Japanese armed Merchant vessel - two crewmen were able to bail out and were taken prisoner by the crew of the ship they had been attacking (8 September 1943).  Eventually the two survivors were handed over to the Kenpeitai (Kempei Tai - Japanese Special Police) and were executed by beheading at Ambon sometime in October 1943

Extensive post-war investigations and interrogations led to the recovery of their remains and the killers being brought to trial.  Buried in Ambon War Cemetery are:

Flight Sergeant Morris Anthony Graham 410337 - Son of James and Violet May Graham of Thornbury, Victoria

Flight Sergeant Jack William Robinson Boanas 417331 - Son of William and Willehmina Elsie Boanas & Husband of Mary Berenice Boanas of Darlinghurst, NSW


The other three crewmen were KIA and are commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing located at Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT -

Pilot Officer Ralph Henry Williams 410391 - Son of David Alexander and Edith Williams & Husband of Nancy Williams of Moonee Ponds, Victoria

Flying Officer Lynnton Ainsley Martin 408816 - Son of James Lewis Martin and Mary Jane Martin & Husband of Norah Martin of Mornington, Victoria

Pilot Officer Marcus Cedric Wettenhall 408818 - Son of Marcus Edwy and Leila Wettenhall & Husband of Ada Marion Wettenhall of Rosedale, Victoria