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Flying Officer John Irvine Gordon D.F.C.

Flying Officer John Irvine Gordon D.F.C.
Coningsby Cemetery, Lincolnshire.

Name: GORDON, JOHN IRVINE
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Flying Officer
Service No: 412218
Date of Death: 13/02/1944
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross
Grave Reference: Row 64. Grave 1252
Additional Information: B.A., Dip. Ed. Born 26/02/1912 at Cessnock, New South Wales. Son of David Irvine Gordon and Mildred Gordon, of Cessnock; husband of Mary V. S. Gordon, of London, England.

Flight Officer Gordon died after completing a raid on Antheor Viaduct. He was in Lancaster DV382 from 617 Squadron when the aircraft was lost in an accident. On the night of 12th February, ten aircraft left RAF Woodhall Spa (Lincs) for RAF Ford (West Sussex) to be re-fuelled before continuing to the viaduct in southern France. DV382 was armed with one ‘Blockbuster’ bomb.

The results from the mission were mixed, but direct hits are believed to have been scored. Nine aircraft successfully returned to RAF Ford, one aircraft had to land at Sardinia. The weather in the early hours of the 13th was poor, with low visibility due to fog and low cloud cover. Sqn Ldr W. R. Suggitt, who was the pilot, made the decision to head back to RAF Woodhall Spa. The aircraft flew into trees just after take off, disintegrated and burst into flames.

The pilot was pulled from the wreckage alive by local farmers but he died a few days later. The rest of the crew died on impact.

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