HEAD, John

Service Number: 402016
Enlisted: 28 April 1940
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 1 Air Observers School (Cootamundra)
Born: Scone, New South Wales, Australia, 30 June 1915
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Illness, Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia, 11 November 1940, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Cootamundra General Cemetery
Presbyterian Plot Section AA Row C Grave 5 (GRM/2)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 402016
28 Apr 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 402016, No. 1 Air Observers School (Cootamundra)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

De Havilland Dragon aircraft A34-2 from Number 1 Air Observers School crashed 2 miles SW of Cootamundra after it stalled in a turn resulting in a spin, it then hit the ground and burst into flames killing all crew on board:

Flying Officer (Pilot) James Frederick Hearne 676 buried in Bathurst General Cemetery

AC John Duff Cameron 24119 buried in Toowoomba Cemetery

LAC Ernest Arthur Piercy 404202 buried in Cootamundra General Cemetery

LAC Robert Montgomery 4113 buried in Williamstown General Cemetery, Victoria

LAC James Clifford Stanley 400197 buried in Barrabool Hills Cemetery, Victoria

LAC John Head 402016 buried in Cootamundra General Cemetery (marked as “dangerously injured” on the NAA file - also died 11/11/40)