Lavington Edmund John Frederick (Jack) CHINNERY


CHINNERY, Lavington Edmund John Frederick

Service Number: 429924
Enlisted: 10 October 1942, Enlisted 10th October, 1942 in Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 466 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Goodwood, South Australia, 7 November 1911
Home Town: Magill, Campbelltown, South Australia
Schooling: St. Peters College
Occupation: Clerk , Junior Winemaker
Died: Flying Battle, Belgium, 13 May 1944, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium
Grave ref. Coll. grave IVa. E. 33-34
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Magill Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

10 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 429924, Enlisted 10th October, 1942 in Adelaide, South Australia
30 Aug 1943: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, SN 429924, Embarked 30th August, 1943 per US NT P23 & arrived in UK on 16th October, 1943
31 Jan 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 429924, No. 466 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Lavington Edmund John Frederick CHINNERY was born on 7th September, 1911 in Goodwood in South Australia

His parents were Archibald George CHINNERY and Melinda Myrtle Dineen COCKER

On 26th January, 1935 Lavington married  Ruva Arna YOUNG in South Australia & had two children

He had previously served with the St Peters College Cadet Corp when he enlisted on 10th October, 1942  with the RAAF- Rank Air crew 2

Lavington died on 13th May, 1944 in Belgium & had been a rear gunner in a Halifax Bomber (LV919) that was shot down (see attached story for more details )

He was originally buried in a temporary cemetery in Fort 3, Antwerp & later re-interred  in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium - Grave reference Coll grave IVa E 33-34 - he is also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Magil, SA and has a Memorial Plaque in Magil cemetery

He was awarded an Air Gunners Flying Badge on 22nd July, 1943


Australian War Memorial - Last Post & Story

Jack Chinnery was the youngest son of Archibald & Melinda Chinnery, born 7th Sept 1911.  He grew up on his fathers winery in Magill, Adelaide and attended St Peters College where he was a prefect & served with the college Cadet Corps.  After school he first worked for George Wills & Coy before joining his father & older brother in the family winery (A.G. Chinnery & Sons)  He married Ruva Arna Young in the early 1930s and went on to have two children, John born 1936 and Jacey born in 1938

Jack enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in Feb. 1942 and was accepted for active service with the RAAF in October of that year.  He then underwent an extended period of training at bases around Australia, including those at Ballarat, Parafield, Victor Harbour and Port Pirie.  He was granted a commission on 21st July, 1943

Chinnery was sent to the United Kingdom under the Empire Air Training Scheme in which countries of the British Commonwealth established a joint pool of trained aircrew to reinforce the British Royal Air Force for service in Europe.  As a part of this process Chinnery was posted to no 466 Squadron of the RAF and commenced flying  operations in Halifax bombers against German occupied Europe. On 12th May 1944 Flying Officer Chinnery was one of a crew of 7 in Halifax LV919.  They took off at 9.51 pm to bomb railway & transport yards in the occupied Belgian town of Hasselt. They never returned

It was later determined that the Halifax in which Chinnery was the rear gunner had been shot down about 20 miles north east of Antwerp shortly after midnight on 13th May. The crash was attributed to Luftwaffe night fighter pilot Heinz Wolfgang Schnaufer.

Although there were some reports of crew members being made prisoners of war, it was eventaully determined that all seven men had been killed in the crash.  Jack Chinnery and his 6 crewmates are now buried together in Schoonselhof cemetery

We now remember Flying Officer Lavington Edmund John Frederick Chinnery and all of those Australians who have given their lives in the service of our nation.