John HILLS

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HILLS, John

Service Number: 65589
Enlisted: 3 June 1942, Aircrew Officer and NCO School Watsonia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Aircrew Training Units
Born: Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, 28 February 1923
Home Town: Ryde, Ryde, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 26 October 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 65589
3 Jun 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircrew Training Units, Aircrew Officer and NCO School Watsonia

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Charles Henry Forbes Hills and Marie Nathalie Hills of West Ryde, NSW

Sergeant Hills was killed in a grenade explosion during training at the Aircrew Officer & NCO School at Watsonia army base, the incident occurred during hand grenade throwing practice, which is part of the defence section of the course given at the school.

As one of the airmen was about to throw the grenade it slipped from his hand and exploded before warning could be given. Thirteen sergeants were injured, two seriously: Sergeant Guy 440040 who was discharged in March 1945 & Sergeant McDonald 440452 who was discharged in May 1945

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