Biography

Birth date: 03 July 1910
Death date: 11 May 1944
Death place: Belgium
Final rank: Group Captain
Service number: 68 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • No. 7 Squadron
  • No. 13 Squadron
  • No. 467 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Group Captain
  • Date of Death: 11 May 1944
  • Unit: No. 467 Squadron

Honours and Awards : Officer of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 467 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

026590

WING-COMMANDER J.R. BALMER, COMMANDING 1ST AUSTRALIAN BEAUFORT SQUADRON, RAAF.

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026642

MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. COMMANDING OFFICERS OF FAMOUS RAAF SQUADRONS AT MILNE BAY. LEFT TO RIGHT:- WING-COMMANDER J.R. BALMER, COMMANDING 1ST AUSTRALIAN BEAUFORT TORPEDO-BOMBER SQUADRON; SQUADRON LEADER "BLUEY" K.W. TRUSCOTT, COMMANDING 76 KITTYHAWK FIGHTER SQUADRON; AND SQUADRON LEADER LES...

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026643

MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. COMMANDING OFFICERS OF FAMOUS RAAF SQUADRONS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- WING-COMMANDER J.R. BALMER, COMMANDING NO 100 SQUADRON, THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN BEAUFORT TORPEDO-BOMBER SQUADRON TO GO INTO ACTION; SQUADRON LEADER "BLUEY" K.W. TRUSCOTT, COMMANDING NO 76 KITTYHAWK FIGHTER...

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026659

MILNE BAY, PAPUA. 1942-09. OFFICERS OF THE 1ST AUSTRALIAN BEAUFORT TORPEDO-BOMBING SQUADRON, LEFT TO RIGHT:- FLYING OFFICER D. STUM; FLIGHT-LIEUTENANT L.A. DOUGLAS; FLIGHT-LIEUTENANT C.S. BERNARD AND THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE SQUADRON, WING-COMMANDER J.R. BALMER.

026659

UK0635

Outside Buckingham Palace after an investiture is Wing Commander (Wing Cdr, later Group Captain [Gp Capt]) John Raeburn Balmer OBE, DFC, RAAF of Melbourne, Vic, Commanding Officer of Lancaster No 467 Squadron, RAAF Bomber Command (right), and Squadron Leader D. A. Green DSO DFC, RAF, Devon, UK. Grp...

UK0635

Film

These eagles incognito

Aerial of 100 Squadron RAAF Bristol Beaufort bombers heading for Gurney Strip Milne Bay, New Guinea. Aerial view of Gurney Strip. Landing at Gurney Strip. Hal Watt, 68 Wing Commander John Raeburn (Sam) Balmer OBE, DFC, (KIA 11 May 1944, Belgium), RAN Lieutenant Commander Gerald Mellor (Gerry)...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1910-07-03
Other units 1940-06-01 Commanding Officer No 13 Squadron.
Date promoted 1941-01-01 Wing commander.
Other units 1942-01-19 Commanding Officer No 7 Squadron.
Other units 1942-03-18 Commanding Officer No 100 Squadron.
Other units 1943-08-18 Commanding Officer No 467 Squadron.
Date promoted 1943-12-01 Group captain.
Date of death 1944-05-11