John Robert NEWMAN

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NEWMAN, John Robert

Service Number: 404733
Enlisted: 8 November 1940
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 30 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Ayr, Queensland, Australia , 1 June 1920
Home Town: Ayr, Burdekin, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, New Britain Pacific Islands, 10 September 1943, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Rabaul Memorial Panel 34
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Ayr War Memorial, Postmaster-General's Dept. Qld. WW2, Rabaul Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 404733
8 Nov 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 404733, No. 2 Initial Training School
27 Jun 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
30 Dec 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer
30 Jun 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer
12 Dec 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 404733, 5 Operational Training Unit, Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
14 Mar 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 404733, No. 30 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF 30SQN Beaufighter A19-132 was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and forced to ditch into the ocean off Palmalmal Plantation on the south coast of New Britain on 9 September 1943 - all crew were seen in dinghies the next day but they did not survive.  They have no known grave and are all are listed on the Rabaul Memorial in New Britain.

Captain Thomas Fergusson Gill SX4550 of Number 1 Australian Air Liaison Section - army observer

Flying Officer John Robert Newman 404733 and Flying Officer William George Ronald Binnie 43192 - crew

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