Service Details
Name:
NETTLETON
Given Name:
JOHN DERING
Initials:
J D
Service No:
41452
Rank:
Wing Commander
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Regiment:
Royal Air Force
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Unit:
44 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1943-07-13
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Date of Birth:
1917-06-28
Age:
26
Cause of Death:
Killed in action. Nettleton's Lancaster was shot down by a German night fighter over the Channel while returning from Turin. He and his crew all died.
Decorations:
V C, Mentioned in Despatches
Citations:
LG 24 April, 1942 pg. 1851 - "Squadron-Leader Nettleton was the leader of a bomber formation detailed to attack, in daylight on 17th April, 1942, the Diesel engine factory at Augsburg in Germany, a target of high military importance. To reach it and return meant a flight of one thousand miles over hostile territory. German fighters attacked, and only the leading bomber and one other remained to fly to the still distant target. Squadron-Leader Nettleton, with great spirit and almost defenceless, brought these two remaining aircraft, mostly at only fifty metres above the ground, to Augsburg, where they encountered intense anti-aircraft fire. Through fire from point-blank range, bombs were dropped on the target. The second aircraft was hit, burst into flames, and crash-landed. The leading aircraft, though riddled with holes, flew safely back to base, the only one of six to return. Squadron-Leader Nettleton, who has successfully undertaken many other hazardous operations, displayed unflinching determination as well as leadership and valour of the highest order." MID LG Sup 24 September 1941 pg. 5572
Additional
Information:
Son of John Hennah Nettleton and Ethel Nettleton; husband of Betty Isobel Nettleton, of Paignton, Devon. Born in South Africa and lived in Rhodesia. Born on 28 June 1917 in Nongoma, Natal Province, South Africa, the grandson of Admiral A T D. Nettleton, he was educated at Western Province Preparatory School in Cape Town from 1928 to 1930, Nettleton then served as a Naval cadet on the South African Training Ship General Botha and then for 18 months in the South African Merchant Marine. He took up civil engineering, working in various parts of South Africa.
Commemoration
Country:
United Kingdom
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Locality:
Surrey
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Cemetery:
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
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Grave Reference:
Panel 118.

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