Flight Sergeant John PRITCHARD

Service No: 417887
Born: Wishaw, Scotland, 22 June 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 July 1942 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 101 Squadron (RAF), RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 101 Squadron Lancaster aircraft DV301), France, 1 July 1944, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Langon Communal Cemetery, Loire-et-Cher, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Robert Thomas Townsley Pritchard and Ann Paterson Pritchard, of Largs Bay, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Lancaster DV301 took off from RAF Ludford Magna at 2219 hours on the night of 30 June 1944, detailed to carry out specialist ABC (Airborne Cigar – Radar jamming) duties in support of a mission to bomb railway facilities at Vierson. The aircraft was shot down and crashed at L’Autiere in the commune of Langon, 20 kms east of Vierson. All the crew members were killed

The crew members of DV 301 were:

Pilot Officer James Nelson Brown (173626) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Albert Thomas Couch (R/208208) (RCAF) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer William Robert Cuthbertson (144345) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Carl Victor Krieg (437425) (Wireless Operator Air) (Specialist Equipment Operator)
Sergeant Thomas Lyth (1491299) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant William Offord (1892332) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant John Pritchard (417887) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant David Urquhart (R/208306) (RCAF) (Mid Upper Gunner)


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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/33/186

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