LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant John Russell BANNISTER

Service No: 408166
Born: New Norfolk TAS, 24 December 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 January 1941
Unit: No. 223 Squadron (RAF), Amriya, Egypt
Died: Air Operations (No. 223 Squadron Baltimore aircraft AG814), Egypt, 25 September 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Roland Joseph and Margaret Jane Bannister; husband of Stella Mae Bannister, of New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia.
Roll of Honour: New Norfolk TAS
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Baltimore AG814 crashed at 1520 hours on 25th September 1942, four miles north west of Landing Ground 86, Egypt. All the crew were killed.

The crew members of AG814 were:

Sergeant John Russell Bannister (408166) (Observer)
Sergeant Norman Ross Buchanan (406609) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Andrew Murray Kettle (401170) (Pilot)
Sergeant George Henry Patterson (1294122) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705,163/90/390