LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer John Norman SCOTTON

Service No: 405559
Born: Bundaberg QLD, 5 June 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 April 1941
Unit: No. 36 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 36 Squadron Wellington aircraft HF533), Algeria, 5 September 1943, Aged 29 Years
Buried: El Alia Cemetery, Algeria
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Thomas Scotton and Annie Christina Scotton; husband of Noela Scotton, of Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Shortly after take-off from Blida aerodrome on 5 September 1943, Wellington HF533 crashed at 0550 hours approximately 4 miles west of the aerodrome. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of HF533 were:

Flying Officer Gilbert Stanley Bray (126618) (RAF) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flight Lieutenant Jack Ernest Frederick Cowdrey (64757) (RAFVR) (Passenger)
Flying Officer Verdun Ashley Scott DFC (109027) (RAF) (Pilot)
Flying Officer John Norman Scotton (405559) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Henry Edward Walker (656661) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Warrant Officer I John Walczak (R/94109) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)

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, 166/37/206