LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer John Tulloch Burrill SADLER

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 40061
Born: Date, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAF: 1937
Unit: No. 144 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Hemswell
Died: Air Operations (No. 144 Squadron Hampden I aircraft L4121), Heligoland, 29 September 1939, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Bernie Tulloch Sadler and Emily Sadler, of East Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 1, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK

Flying Officer Sadler was an Australian Cadet trained for the RAF who embarked for the UK on 20 July 1937.

Hampden L4121 took off from Hemswell at 0640 hours to attack Heligoland. The aircraft was intercepted and shot down into the sea at 1000 hours between the German islands of Heligoland and Wangerooge.

The crew members of L4121 were:

Aircraftman Class I James White Cumming (523342) (RAF)
Sergeant R L Galloway (580200) (RAF) PoW
Flying Officer John Tulloch Burrill Sadler (40061) (RAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant William Henry Stephens (580680) (RAF)

References:

Chorley W R, Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1939-1940, Midland Counties Publications UK, 1992
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Newton, Dennis A Few of the Few: Australians and the Battle of Britain, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT 2600, 1990

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