John Evelyn TODD

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TODD, John Evelyn

Service Numbers: 207425, 271707
Enlisted: 15 May 1932
Last Rank: Squadron Leader
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 3 February 1914
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Prisoner of War (Illness), Rabaul, 22 July 1944, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

15 May 1932: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 207425, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)
15 May 1932: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 207425, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)
8 Feb 1936: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 207425, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Squadron Leader, SN 271707, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
15 Jul 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader, SN 271707, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
15 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader, SN 271707, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
15 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 271707
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader, SN 271707, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

11SQN RAAF Catalina A24-34 crash-landed in Jacquinot Bay, New Britain and all crew survived the landing.

Four members evaded capture and returned to Australia: Flying officer Ian Douglas Vaughan Ralfe 405501 / Flying officer Allan Bernard Liedl 426624 / Sergeant Richard Murray Howard 47149 / Sergeant Harold Francis Jones 71534  

Six crewmen were taken POW, but only Flight Lieutenant Brian Paul Stacy 406446 survived to be eventually repatriated

Squadron Leader John Evelyn Todd 271707 died in Rabaul of disease contracted as a POW - 22 July 1944

The other four were killed in an Allied bombing raid on Rabaul 5 March 1944: Sergeant Ernest Hubert Kraehe 27791 / Flight Sergeant Henry Laurence Murphy 412621 / Sergeant Fred Woolley 43098 / Flying Officer Frank Ronald Pocknee 401663

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