Flight Sergeant John Bradford WATTS

Service No: 419978
Born: Richmond VIC, 9 February 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 October 1942
Unit: No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School (RCAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School Anson aircraft 6086), Ontario, 3 July 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Jarvis (Knox Presbyterian Church) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edward John and Alice Mary Watts, of Burwood, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Camberwell VIC
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 3 July 1944, Anson 6086 took off from RCAF Jarvis, on a bombing training flight, and crashed at approximately 0110 hours six miles north west of the aerodrome. The aircraft dropped a flare at low altitude, then crashed and burned. All three on board were killed.

The crew members of 6086 were:

Leading Aircraftman Gordon Cooper Best (1590496) (RAFVR) (Trainee Air Gunner)
Leading Aircraftman Robert Waller (1097101) (RAFVR) (Trainee Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Bradford Watts (419978) (Pilot)


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, 166/43/744

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