BRENNAN John Joseph 406343

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer John Joseph BRENNAN 

Service No: 406343
Born: Fremantle WA, 26 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 November 1940
Unit: No. 32 Squadron, Camden NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 32 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-278), Off the NSW Coast, 27 April 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Joseph Anthony and Elizabeth Josephine Brennan, of Fremantle, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 27 April 1943, Beaufort aircraft A9-278 went missing off the NSW coast during an anti-submarine patrol.  The crew members were:

Sergeant Arthur Alexander Barbour (412566)
Sergeant James Bradley (415224) (Pilot)
Flying Officer John Joseph Brennan (406343)
Sergeant Gordon Verdon Keane (412525)

References:

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 A9300, BRENNAN J J

Bibliography:

Graham, B. (Burton) and Frank Smyth, A Nation Grew Wings: The Story of the RAAF Beaufort Squadrons in New Guinea, Winterset House Publishers Melbourne VIC, 1946
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990