John Eyre BROWN

BROWN, John Eyre

Service Number: 417809
Enlisted: 18 July 1942, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Quorn, South Australia, 23 July 1922
Home Town: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia
Schooling: Peterborough High School, South Australia
Occupation: Carriage builder
Died: Flying Battle, France, 21 April 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Clichy Northern Cemetery, France
Plot 16, Row 14, Grave 5,
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Peterborough & District Town Hall Honour Board WW2 Enlistments, Peterborough St Peter's Anglican Church Roll of Honour WW2, Peterborough War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

18 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, Adelaide, South Australia
19 Jul 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), No. 4 Initial Training School Victor Harbor, Empire Air Training Scheme
5 May 1943: Embarked
21 Apr 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 417809, No. 467 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Colleen Brown

Remembered with plaque on family headstone at Peterborough cemetery


Plane was Lancaster Mark 111, ND732.


Service Number: 417809

Rank: Flight Sergeant

Unit: 467 Squadron

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Date of death: 21 April 1944

Place of death: France

Cause of death: Flying Battle

Cemetery or memorial details: Clichy Northern Cemetery, Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, Ile-de-France, France

Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force


Flt Sgt John Eyre Brown service no. 417809 ..enlisted 18th July 1942 No. 5 Recruiting Centre RAAF Adelaide

Initial Training at "Mt Breckan" Victor Harbor, South Australia

Embarked from Melbourne  5th May 1943 for UK

1944 Stationed at RAF Waddington as Air Gunner(rear) for Lancaster bomber ND732 467 Squadron RAAF

On night of 20/21st April 1944 left base to bomb marshalling yards at La Chappelle France and never returned to base

It was established that their aircraft was hit by flack and crashed at Le Blanc Mesnil with crew lost.  They are buried at Clichy Northern Cemetery on the northern boundary of Paris

There is a monument in Le Blanc Mesnil dedicated to the crew.