LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer John Sutherland PULLAR

Service No: 401664
Born: Kew VIC, 13 April 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 March 1941
Unit: No. 36 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident: (No. 36 Squadron Wellington aircraft), off the Algerian Coast, 2 November 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Le Petit Lac Cemetery, Algeria
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Francis Thomas Pullar and Charlotte Pullar; husband of Ellen Bond Pullar, of Ardmona, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

A No. 36 Squadron Wellington aircraft dived into the Mediterranean Sea approximately 50 miles north of Oran at around 1700 hours on 2 November 1943. Six of the crew members were rescued by HMS Anemone. They were injured and admitted to 7th US Hospital, Oran. Flying Officer Pullar died of his injuries on 2 November 1943. Flying Officer Brandt was missing believed killed.

The crew members of the Wellington aircraft were:

Flying Officer Clarence Elmer Brandt (J/11314) (RCAF) (Second Pilot) Missing
Sergeant F Durham (1379963) (RAFVR) Injured
Flying Officer Jack Henry Hand (412134) (Observer) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 2 July 1945
Flying Officer John Sutherland Pullar (401664) (Pilot) Fatally injured, Died: 2 November 1943
Flying Officer John Owen Scoble (411391) (Wireless Operator Air) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 5 April 1945
Sergeant R E Woodgate (1331598) (RAFVR) Injured

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/33/93