Pilot Officer John Loughnan BARNES

Service No: 404946
Born: Quirindi NSW, 23 April 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 January 1941 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Milingimbi NT
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 2 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-183), Rabuma Island, 20 April 1943, Aged 32 Years
Buried: Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harold Claude and Constance Charlotte Barnes; husband of Nena Bryden Barnes, of Mitchell, Queensland
Roll of Honour: Mitchell QLD
Remembered: Panel 98, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0614 hours on 20 April 1943, soon after their two Hudsons set off from Milingimbi to bomb Timoeka in Dutch New Guinea, Flight Lieutenant Keith Daniel (A16-197) and Flying Officer Keith Mills (A16-183) collided over Rabuma Island. All members from both the crews were killed in the subsequent explosions and crashes.

The crew members of A16-183 were:

Pilot Officer John Loughnan Barnes (404946) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Pilot Officer Trevor William Bassan (411985) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Harold Herbert Keith Hadley (411904) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Noel Edward John (409551) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Keith Rosslyn Mills (405637) (Pilot)

The crew members of A16-197 were:

Pilot Officer Joseph Gibson Butler (408820) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Keith Edmund Daniel (402852) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer William Julius Henderson Gove (401636) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Jack Laws (412979) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Thomas William Wilson (408899) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 137


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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