John Richard PARKINSON

PARKINSON, John Richard

Service Number: 411371
Enlisted: 28 April 1941
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Arncliffe, New South Wales, Australia, 18 September 1917
Home Town: Arncliffe, Rockdale, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia , North West Europe, 2 February 1945, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, 411371
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), Aircrew Training Units
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 411371
2 Feb 1945: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Starkie and Harriet Venetta Parkinson

Husband of Lucy Joyce Parkinson of Arncliffe, NSW 


Flight Lieutenant John Richard Parkinson 411371 and Flying Officer John Macpherson Pitt 401830 were killed when Liberator A72-88 of Number 24 Squadron crashed two miles west of Fenton airstrip, NT as it returned from an attack mission on Japanese shipping.

The rest of the crew survived the crash: Sergeant Ernest William Jennings 443957 / Flight Lieutenant Victor Charles Edward Scanlon 416131 / Flying Officer Ivan Fernley Coward 416415 / Flying Officer Arthur Aram Cambridge 406750 / Warrant Officer Fredrick Crawford 425611 (A11367 - served until 1965) / Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wallace Rhodes 413253 / Pilot Officer Geoffrey Neil Johnson 416767 / Sergeant Ernest Lancelot Francis 442341 / Flight Sergeant Allen George Cullen 19835