Sergeant John Thomas SUTHERLAND

Service No: 421474
Born: Culcairn NSW, 6 April 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 1 February 1942
Unit: No. 10 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 10 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit Anson aircraft DJ239), Cumberland, 31 May 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Silloth (Causeway Head) Cemetery, Holme Low, Cumberland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Bain Sutherland and Hilda Sutherland, of Culcairn, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Culcairn NSW
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 31 May 1943, Anson DJ239 and No. 18 Maintenance Unit Wellington HZ637 collided in mid-air, and DJ239 crashed east of Maryport, Cumberland. All on both aircraft were killed.

The crew members of DJ239 were:

Sergeant Michael Henry Cornell (R/114951) (RCAF) (Navigator)
Sergeant Thomas Green (1027819) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Alexander Iver MacRae (J/16366) (RCAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant John Thomas Sutherland (421474) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Geoffrey Basil Temple Wymer (1382991) (RAFVR) (Navigator)

On board Wellington HZ637 were:

Flight Lieutenant William John Calver (RAF) (44751) (Pilot)
Mr John Charles Gurdler, Aged 21 Years (Civilian)
Mr Charles Pearson Neave, Aged 43 Years (Civilian)
Mr Adam Welsh (Civilian)


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, 166/38/163

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