Corporal John Ronald GORTON

Service No: 19218
Born: Melbourne VIC, 23 May 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 October 1940
Unit: No. 31 Squadron, Coomalie Creek NT
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 31 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-116), Milingimbi NT, 25 September 1943, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Alfred and Emily Kate Gorton, of East Malvern, Victoria.
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Beaufighter A19-116 crashed just after takeoff at Milingimbi, killing all on board. Those killed were:

Leading Aircraftman Nathaniel Ross Beggs (40978) (Fitter IIE)
Corporal John Roland Gorton (19218) (Fitter IIE)
Flying Officer Ronald Arthur Hocking (39161) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Donald Gordon Taylor (406738) (Pilot)


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, 17; A705, 166/16/184


Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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