MILLS John Franklin 415040

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant John Franklin MILLS

Service No: 415040
Born: Perth WA, 29 July 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1941
Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAF), RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire UK
Died: Air Operations (No. 10 Squadron Halifax aircraft DT732), Zuider Zee, 14 May 1943, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Thomas Mills and Louisa Cecilia Mills; husband of Edna Geraldine Mills, of South Perth, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 193, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 14 May 1943, Halifax DT732 tasked to attack Bochum, crashed in the Zuider Zee, Holland and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of DT732 were:

Sergeant John William Avent (1336690) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Eric John Charles Howard (1260589) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant James Cyril Howie (1284957) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Aeron Jones (1211847) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant John Swanson MacAdam (1347046) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Charles Maltby (1055780) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Franklin Mills (415040) (Pilot)

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, 166/27/126