Sergeant John Burniston ARNETT

Service No: 403235
Born: Randwick NSW, 7 February 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 4 January 1941
Unit: No. 14 Squadron, RAAF Station Pearce WA
Died: Aircraft Accident: ASW Operations in 1943 (No. 14 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-174), near RAAF Station Pearce WA, 7 January 1943, Aged 26 years
Buried: Karrakatta War Cemetery WA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edward Louis and Catherine Elizabeth Mary Arnett.
Roll of Honour: Wollongong NSW
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Commonwealth Bank of Australia Honour Rolls, Sydney NSW

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 (413264) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Aircraftman Class 1 John Frederick Taylor (46321) (Wireless Mechanic)
Sergeant Newton George Wilson (29624) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


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

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