John Patrick O'DONNELL


O'DONNELL, John Patrick

Service Number: 416697
Enlisted: 16 August 1941, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia , 8 September 1920
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Christian Brothers College and Rostrevor College, South Australia
Occupation: Customs Department - Pubic Service Clerk
Died: Flying Accident, North Sea, North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, 28 December 1943, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Rostrevor College WW2 Memorial Plaques, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

16 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 416697, No. 4 Initial Training School Victor Harbor, Adelaide, SA, Australia
16 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 416697
28 Dec 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 416697, Operational Training Units (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Son of Daniel Thomas & May O'DONNELL, of Parkside, South Australia.

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Flight-Sgt. J. P. O'Donnell.
The sad news has been conveyed to Mr. and Mrs. D. T. O'Donnell, of 29 Wallis Street, Parkside, that their son, Flight-Sergeant John Patrick O'Donnell, R.A.A.F., was lost in an aircraft accident off the coast of Scotland on December 28 last and is believed to have lost his life. The late Sgt. O'Donnell was born on September 2, 1920. He was educated at  the Christian Brothers at Adelaide and Rostrevor Colleges. At the time of his enlistment he was employed in the Customs Department. He was keenly in terested in sports, and  was captain of the Old Collegians' football team.
He enlisted in 1940, and was later sent to England as a navigator.
Three brothers are in the forces, the eldest having served with the R. A.A.F. in Singapore and Malaya. There is one sister, Molly. Deep sympathy is tendered to his family. R.I.P.