LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer John Ernest SNADDON

Service No: 409361
Born: Nottingham, England, 24 April 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 August 1941 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 459 Squadron, operating from Cyprus
Died: Air Operations: (No. 459 Squadron Ventura aircraft JS926), Rhodes, 14 July 1944, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Hedley Snaddon and Edith Annie Snaddon, of East Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Malvern VIC
Remembered: Column 282, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 14/15 July 1944, eight Squadron aircraft were dispatched from Nicosia to bomb Calato airfield. Each aircraft was again armed with four x 500-pound and two x 265-pound bombs. That successful operation was marred by another tragic loss. Ian Yeates and his crew in Ventura JS 926 failed to return. The highly respected team had been with the squadron for six months and, only the previous day, Yeates had been awarded a Mentioned in Despatches for his exceptional contributions during the bombing campaign. The cause of the loss was uncertain as no signal was received from the crew and a search along their anticipated return track by four squadron aircraft at first light revealed no sign of the missing men.

Extracts from Kane-Maguire L. (Leon) Desert Scorpions: 459 Squadron RAAF 1942-1945, Australian Military History Publications Loftus NSW 2232, 2007 – Pages 374, 377

The crew members of JS926 were:

Pilot Officer Leo Reginald Abrahams (413503) (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Frederick Raymond Love (413623) (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer John Ernest Snaddon (409361) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Ian Marsh Yeates MID (9301) (Pilot)

References:

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 A9816, 145 (No. 459 Squadron Unit History)