10.12.1942 No. 453 Squadron Spitfire Vb EN824 FU-U Fl/Lt. J.W. Yarra
Operation: Roadstead (1)
Date: 10th December 1942
Unit: No. 453 Squadron (RAAF)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Martlesham Heath
Location: North Sea off Holland
Pilot: Fl/Lt. “Jack” John William Yarra DFM AUS/402823 RAAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking part in a Roadstead during the morning when shot down by flak from both Westkapelle and flak ships. Believed to have come down in the North Sea.
Also lost with Jack Yarra was 20 year old, P/O. Mathew Henry Ivor De Cosier AUS/405575 RAAF. Flying Spitfire Vb BL899 FU-W. Neither bodies nor aircraft recovered.
Above: The Yarra brothers! Jack on the left with his younger brother Robert on the right - Robert was also to be killed later in the war - page dedicated to his loss also on our website. (courtesy AWM)
Above left: Jack receiving his DFM from Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta, Lord Gort. Right: Jack in the centre during training in Australia in a Tiger Moth. (courtesy AWM)
(1) Roadstead - Low level attacks on coastal shipping.
Fl/Lt. John William Yarra DFM. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 108. Born on the 24th August 1921 at Stanthorpe, Queensland, the son of Alfred Ernest and Harriet Yarra, of Grafton, New South Wales, Australia.
P/O.Mathew Henry Ivor De Cosier. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 111. Born on the 03rd October 1922 at Melbourne, the son of Matthew Norman and Carmen Christian de Cosier, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below as well as the Australian Archives: