Robert Henry JOHNS


JOHNS, Robert Henry

Service Number: 428024
Enlisted: 11 September 1942
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 27 July 1924
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Princes St. Commercial High; Hobart Technical School
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental, Port Pirie, South Australia, Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia, 27 August 1943, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Port Pirie General Cemetery, South Australia
Plot C. Row D. Grave 9., Port Pirie General Cemetery, Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Pirie RAAF K9380 and L5654 Crash Site, Port Pirie RAAF Memorial and Flagpoles
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 428024
11 Sep 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 428024

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sergeant Johns 428024 was the pilot of Fairey Battle K9380 and onboard were 3 trainee gunners: LAC Gardiner 432548 / LAC Griffith 432506 / LAC Grant 419616 - all personnel were killed in a mid-air collision with Fairey Battle L5654 during air to air gunnery practice


Sergeant Ninness 423173 was the pilot of Fairey Battle L5654 and AC Cyril Albert Venables 122157 was an armament assistant who was onboard acting as the drogue operator

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Henry Charles and Ruby May Irene Johns, of Hobart, Tasmania.

SGT ROBERT HENRY JOHNS Of Hobart, who with five other members of the RAAF was killed in a training accident in Victoria. Sgt Johns, who was 19, was the second son of Mr and Mrs H. C. Johns. He
was educated at Princes St., Commercial High, and Hobart Technical schools, and then joined the Dept. of Civil Aviation at Western Junction. His father served with the 5th Field Co., Engineers, AIF,
in the First World War and completed 27 years of military service with the Royal Australian Engineers and the 40th Battalion.