Biography

Birth date: 13 November 1912
Death date: 27 February 1945
Death place: United Kingdom
Final rank: Wing Commander
Service number: 405111 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Attached Royal Air Force 11 Personnel Disposal and Reception Centre
  • No. 453 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Wing Commander
  • Date of Death: 27 February 1945
  • Unit: Attached Royal Air Force 11 Personnel Disposal and Reception Centre

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 453 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

P00448.182

UK. C 1943. SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MKV AIRCRAFT PILOTED BY 405111 SQUADRON LEADER J.R. RATTEN, CO OF NO. 453 SQUADRON RAAF AT RAF STATION HORNCHURCH AFTER RETURNING FROM A RAID OVER EUROPE.

P00448.182

P02260.001

London, England. C. 1943-04. Informal outdoors portrait of 405111 Squadron Leader J. R. Ratten DFC, the Commanding Officer of No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF, at RAF Station Hornchurch, dressed in his flying gear.

P02260.001

P07970.003

Group portrait of an RAAF cricket team, with five additional RAAF officers, who played a match against a team from the Morris Leyland motor company at Old Trafford cricket ground on 3 June 1944, to mark the reopening of the ground for the first time since the war began. Back row, left to right:...

P07970.003

SUK10237

Drem, Scotland. C. 1942-06. Group portrait of pilots of No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF, based at an RAF Station. Left to right: 403278 Sergeant (Sgt) B. T. Nossiter; 407747 Pilot Officer J. Barrien; 405252 Sgt W. W. Waldron; 405111 Flight Lieutenant J. R. Ratten; 403319 Sgt Clemesha; 401543 Sgt...

SUK10237

SUK10239

Group portrait of pilots of No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF, based at an RAF Station at Drem. Left to right: Squadron Leader Morello, RAF Commanding Officer; 403046 Sergeant (Sgt, later Flight Lieutenant [Flt Lt]) Ronald Clyde Ford; 416291 Sgt David Hayward Steele; 403763 Sgt (later Flying Officer...

SUK10239

SUK10507

RAF Station, Drem, Scotland. 1942-12-22. The BBC visits the No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF Christmas party and broadcasts the proceedings to Australia. The Station Commander, Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Cyril Gadney, the famous English rugby football referee, proposes the toast of the Squadron. On...

SUK10507

SUK10513

RAF Station, Drem, Scotland. 1942-12-22. The BBC visits the No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF Christmas party and broadcasts the proceedings to Australia. 405111 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) J. R. Ratten of Hobart, Tas, is in command of the RAAF Fighter Squadron in Britain. He is responding to the...

SUK10513

SUK10757

Hornchurch, England. C. 1942-09. 405111 Squadron Leader J. R. Ratten, Commanding Officer of No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF based at an RAF Station.

SUK10757

SUK10851

England. C. 1943-05. Group portrait of Australian Members of Parliament meeting 405111 Wing Commander J. R. Ratten of Tas, on his return from a sortie over France. The Australian Members of Parliament were visiting No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF at RAF Station Hornchurch.

SUK10851

SUK12085

RAF Station Hornchurch. First Empire Air Training Scheme trainee from Australia to gain his Wings, 405111 Wing Commander (Wing Cdr) John Richard Ratten DFC of Tasmania, Commanding Officer of No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF beside the aircraft "Tikkie". Wing Cdr Ratten died of illness on February...

SUK12085

UK1122

LONDON, ENGLAND. 1944-03-21. 405111 WING COMMANDER J. R. RATTEN DFC, KINGSTON BEACH, TAS, LEAVING BUCKINGHAM PALACE AFTER AN INVESTITURE.

UK1122

SUK10510

RAF Station, Drem, Scotland. The BBC visits the No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF Christmas party and broadcasts the proceedings to Australia. Members of the Squadron sing "On the Road to Gundagai". Seated extreme right is the Station Commander, Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Cyril Gadney and on his...

SUK10510

Timeline

Date of birth 1912-11-13
Other units 1941 No 2 Service FLying Training School.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1941-03-29 Aircraftman at No 7 Elementary Flying Training School.
Date promoted 1941-09-23 PIlot officer.
Other units 1942-02-28 No 72 Squadron.
Date promoted 1942-03-23 Flying officer.
Date promoted 1942-08-04 Acting flight lieutenant.
Other units 1942-08-04 No 453 Squadron.
Date promoted 1942-11-01 Acting squadron leader.
Other units 1942-11-01 Commanding Officer No 453 Squadron.
Date promoted 1943-05-11 Acting wing commander.
Other units 1943-05-11 Commanding Officer RAF Station, Hornchurch.
Other units 1943-07-31 Commanding Officer RAF Station Peterhead.
Date promoted 1943-09-23 Flight lieutenant.
Other units 1944 No 11 Personnel Dispatch & Reception Centre.
Date of death 1945-02-27