John Henry William SAUNDERS


SAUNDERS, John Henry William

Service Number: 471
Enlisted: 16 January 1939
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Richmond, Surrey, England, 8 April 1920
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Hale School
Occupation: Wool Appraiser
Died: Flying Battle, Egypt, 22 November 1941, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya
Plot 15, Row D, Grave 21 Local Roll of Honour - Cottesloe, WA
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wembley Downs Hale School Honour Roll 2, Wembley Downs Hale School Memorial Grove
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World War 2 Service

16 Jan 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Air Cadet, SN 471
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 471
22 Nov 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 471, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF), Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flight Lieutenant Saunders 471 in Tomahawk AN416 of 3SQN was killed when his aircraft was shot down by German fighters near the Acroma - El Adem road

He was in a group of twelve Tomahawk fighters that were escorting six Blenheim bombers from 45 Squadron RAF to attack enemy vehicle movements on the road

He has an entry in the book "Aces High" by Christopher Shores