Flight Lieutenant John Thomas ROBERT

Service No: 400835
Born: Northcote VIC, 11 December 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 November 1940
Unit: No. 22 Squadron, Noemfoor Island
Died: Aircraft Accident (No.22 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A8-38), Noemfoor, 20 January 1945, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Lae War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Thomas Robert and Martha Robert; husband of Esma de Yoete Robert, of East Malvern, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Northcote VIC
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During a test flight on 20 January 1945, Beaufighter A8-38 crashed 3 kms south west of the Kamiri airstrip at 1535 hours and both crew members were killed. The cause of the accident was engine failure and fire. The crew members were:

Flying Officer Alexander Garden Halliday (437618) (Navigator)
Flight Lieutenant John Thomas Robert (400835) (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, 52


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, 1992

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