Flight Sergeant John Phillip Sinclair DALTON

Service No: 418640
Born: Mildura VIC, 9 September 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 May 1942
Unit: No. 26 Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 26 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft LP314), Buckinghamshire, 7 July 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire
CWGC Additional Information: on of Robert Martin Dalton and Dorothy Grace Dalton, of Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Camberwell VIC
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0125 hours on 7 July 1944, Wellington LP314 took off from RAF Station Wing for night circuit training. Following the failure of the starboard engine, at approximately 0215 hours the crew tried to make a landing on the airfield. Initially, all went well until the aircraft was nearing the runway when, at a height estimated to have been no more than 250 feet, it swung violently and crashed. The crew of three was killed.

The crew members of LP314 were:

Sergeant Ivor Arthur Checkley (1894195) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Phillip Sinclair Dalton (418640) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant William Arthur Sheppard (432582) (Wireless Operator Air)


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/37/463

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