Biography

Birth date: 23 February 1908
Birth place: Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Death date: 28 April 1942
Death place: New Guinea
Final rank: Squadron Leader
Service number: 493 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • No. 3 Squadron
  • No. 75 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Date of Death: 28 April 1942
  • Unit: No. 75 Squadron

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Film (1)
Private Record (1)

JACKSON, JOHN FRANCIS DFC (SQUADRON LEADER b: 1908 d: 1942) PR90/015

Film

Scenes at Port Moresby March-April 1942 taken by Squadron Leader J F Jackson DFC

Scenes at Port Moresby March-April 1942 taken by Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson DFC 75 Squadron RAAF.

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Private Record

JACKSON, JOHN FRANCIS DFC (SQUADRON LEADER b: 1908 d: 1942)

LETTER WRITTEN AFTER JACKSON WAS SHOT DOWN BETWEEN LAE AND SALAMAUA ON 10 APRIL, 1942. JACKSON TRYING TO GET A MESSAGE THROUGH TO HQ PORT MORESBY OR NGVR. HE PRAISES NATIVES OF NEW BRITAIN WHO ASSISTED HIM. JACKSON WAS LATER RESCUED BUT LATE IN APRIL 1942 WAS KILLED IN A FLYING BATTLE. SEVEN MILE...

PR90/015

Photograph

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Informal portrait of 386 Wing Commander Alan Charles Rawlinson, DFC, after landing his damaged aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron...

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"A bloke with all the gear on. I only fly in shorts, shirt, helmet etc." Informal portrait of 402147 Flight Lieutenant Derek Scott, No. 3 Squadron RAAF wearing a full khaki flying suit, flying helmet, oxygen mask and flying gloves. Photograph is annotated on the reverse by Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr)...

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A Gloster Gladiator (serial no. K6142), nose to ground after being crashed by 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson shortly after takeoff. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn...

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Wreckage of a French Glen Martin aircraft, shot down by 481 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Peter Turnbull, No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. Three bodies are buried under the stones in the foreground. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force...

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Wreckage of a French Glen Martin aircraft, shot down by O35436 Wing Commander (later Group Captain) Peter Jeffrey, No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr...

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A French Potez TOE aircraft captured by No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the...

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Tent scene from the desert camp of No. 3 Squadron RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the...

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Damaged exterior of a hospital at Rayak. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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"Living under the stars." Tent in the camp of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron...

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Members of No. 3 Squadron RAAF examine the wreckage of a French Glen Martin aircraft shot down by O35436 Squadron Leader (later Group Captain) Peter Jeffrey. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished...

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Vichy French Troop carrying aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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P12424.040

Wreckage of a French Glen Martin aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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Exterior of No. 3 Squadron's mess hall at Rayak. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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Wreckage of an Italian bomber, a Breda 88 aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle...

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"One of our Tommies". A Tomahawk flown by pilots of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3...

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Members of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF investigate the wreckage of a Dewoitine French fighter aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in...

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Damaged French aircraft Hangar at Rayak, Syria. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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Informal portrait of Ed Jackson, No. 3 Squadron RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle...

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P12424.051

Informal portrait of 386 Wing Commander Alan Rawlinson, DFC, after landing his damaged aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in...

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Mess tent in camp of No. 3 Squadron RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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A captured Vichy French Potez aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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Members of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF examine the wreckage of a French Dewoitine D.520 aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia...

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"Vichy armoured car we straffed and put out of action." This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the...

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"The way we camp - sometimes." Scene of a camp occupied by No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939),...

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"Pointing the bone. One of our aerodrome defence blokes with a bone tied on his gun." Pointing the bone (or pourri-pourri) was an Aboriginal belief, adopted by this soldier to perhaps assist the effectiveness of his anti-aircraft machine gun against the enemy. This image is from the collection of...

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A German aircraft captured by No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle...

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Wreckage of a French Glen Martin aircraft, shot down by 481 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Peter Turnbull, No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. Three bodies are buried under the stones in the foreground. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force...

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Captured French aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East (1940-1941), and No. 75...

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"A couple of Tommy hawks met." Members of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF examine two damaged Tomahawk aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in...

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Informal portrait of Flight Sergeant Maurie Quinten and Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson...

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Vichy French Troop carrying aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East...

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Captured French Potez 63.11 observation/reconnaissance aircraft. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in...

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P12424.073

A Potez French fighter bomber, captured by No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in...

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Camouflaged hangar of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. The Squadron occupied Rayak aerodrome until 3 September 1941 when it transferred back to the Western Desert. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter...

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Wreckage of a French Glen Martin aircraft shot down by O35436 Squadron Leader (later Group Captain) Peter Jeffrey. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No....

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A Bloch MB.200 French bomber aircraft captured by No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3...

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Camp of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East (1940-1941), and...

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Camouflaged hangar of No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. The Squadron occupied Rayak aerodrome until 3 September 1941 when it transferred back to the Western Desert. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter...

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Portrait of 481 Pilot Officer Peter St George Bruce Turnbull, No. 3 Squadron RAAF (later Squadron Leader, No. 76 Squadron RAAF) with a Gloster Gladiator. Sqn Ldr Turnbull was killed in action during a flying battle in New Guinea on 27 August 1942. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron...

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Desert camp of No. 3 Squadron RAAF, featuring a dug out and tent. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in...

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Wreckage of a Vichy French Air Force Lioré et Olivier 451 twin engined light bomber aircraft, possibly shot down by 493 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) John Francis Jackson, No. 3 Squadron RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air...

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Wreckage of a German Heinkel HE111 aircraft destroyed by Allied forces. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3...

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"A ton bomb found at Benina." This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with No. 23 Squadron in Australia (1939), No. 3 Squadron in the Middle East (1940-1941), and...

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Group portrait of unidentified men with the wreckage of a German Heinkel HE111 aircraft (3769) shot down by 134 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Duncan Campbell, No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A...

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Smoke billows from the wreckage of a Junker 88 shot down by 134 Squadron Leader (later Wing Commander) Duncan Campbell, No. 3 Squadron RAAF. Sqn Ldr Campbell was killed during operations on 5 April 1941, aged 26. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC,...

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"Swimming in the Dead Sea." Identified are Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Peter St George Bruce Turnbull; 'Bill Carson'; 'Ken Carson'; and Sqn Ldr John Francis Jackson (far right). This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A...

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Informal portrait of 270447 Wing Commander Patrick Stephen Jocelyn Primrose, Intelligence Officer, No. 3 Squadron RAAF. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A distinguished fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Jackson served with...

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Informal portrait of NX12184 Major (later Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col)) Alan Binnie, the Army Intelligence Liaison Officer attached to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. Lt Col Binnie was killed on operations on 25 March 1945 in New Guinea. This image is from the collection of 493 Squadron Leader John Francis...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1908-02-23
Date of death 1942-04-28