LEST WE FORGET

Aircraftman Class 1 John Frederick TAYLOR

Service No: 46321
Born: South Perth WA, 20 May 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 January 1942
Unit: RAAF Station Pearce WA
Died: Aircraft Accident : ASW Operations in 1943 (No. 14 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-174), near RAAF Station Pearce, 7 January 1943, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Karrakatta War Cemetery WA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Joseph and Marguerite Adela Taylor, of Forestfield.
Roll of Honour: Claremont WA
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

A9-174 captained by Pilot Officer W.B. DIMELOW preparatory to patrolling sector 5 took off at 0530 hours. Almost immediately after becoming airborne the aircraft flew into a light fog bank off the windward end of the 045 degree runway. The aircraft crashed into timbered country about one and a half miles from the aerodrome boundary. The aircraft was completely destroyed and all occupants fatally injured. One 250 lb (pound) bomb exploded as a result of the fire. The remains of the aircraft were salvaged by No. 17 Repair and Salvage Unit.

No. 14 Squadron Operations Record Book A50 Entry dated 7 January 1943

The crew members of A9-174 were:

Sergeant John Burniston Arnett (403235) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Pilot Officer William Bruce Dimelow (408980) (Pilot)
Sergeant Colin George Saunders (413263) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Aircraftman Class 1 John Frederick Taylor (46321) (Wireless Mechanic)
Sergeant Newton George Wilson (29624) (Wireless Air Gunner)

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
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (Perth) On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-line Record A9845, 246

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990