FLGOFF John James Allen 404842

Squadron/s41 SQN RAF
Rank On Discharge/Death Flying Officer (FLGOFF)
Mustering / SpecialisationPilot
Date of Death20 Jun 1942
Contributing Author/sVince Conant
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Allen was born in Charters Towers, Queensland, in 1919. Prior to his military service, he worked as a jackeroo in Queensland.

He joined the Militia in 1939 serving with 26 Battalion and enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force in December of 1940. Allen attained the rank of Flying Officer (FO) in March 1942 while attached to 41 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

FO Allen was killed in an aircraft accident in Breighton, Yorkshire, England on 20 June 1942.

An engraved case belonging to John.

An unidentified officer pins wings to the uniform of 404842 Aircraftman John James Allen, RAAF, following completion of pilot training.

John is buried at Holme-Upon-Spalding Moor (All Saints) Churchyard in Yorkshire.

Learn more about the squadron/s in which John served.


Following the declaration of War on 3 September 1939, 41 Squadron spent the first several months on monotonous routine patrols in the north of England. At the end of May 1940, t...

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