George Oswald JONES


JONES, George Oswald

Service Numbers: V56909, 410493
Enlisted: 30 December 1940, Drafted into the Militia - Melbourne University Rifles Regiment
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Armadale, Stonnington - Victoria, Australia, 9 November 1920
Home Town: Box Hill, Whitehorse, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne University
Occupation: Student
Died: Aircraft JO-E shot down during night bombing raid - Lille (Fr), Lille, France, 10 May 1944, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Forest-sur-Marque Communal Cemetery, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

30 Dec 1940: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN V56909, Drafted into the Militia - Melbourne University Rifles Regiment
18 Jan 1942: Transferred Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), Aircrew Training Units
31 Jan 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 410493, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
10 May 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 410493, No. 463 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

George Oswald JONES had initially been drafted into the Militia as were all men of eligible age.  He subsequently transferred to the RAAF for training under the Empire AIr Training Scheme.

In due course he qualified as a Navigator and was eventually posted to No. 463 Squadron.  By May 1944, Flying Officer George Oswald JONES was the Navigator of Lancaster tail number LL891 C/S JO-E of No. 463 Squadron RAAF based at Waddington in Lincolnshire.

He was killed in action in the course of a night bombing raid on the French city and major rail junction of Lille, in northern France, on the night of 10/11 May 1944.  He was 23 years old at the time of his death. There were no survivors from their aircraft.


Steve Larkins Apr 2020