Jeffers, Lieutenant John Patrick

No 3 Sqn AFC

John Jeffers came from Cosgrove, Victoria, where he was born in 1892, and was a Mechanic living in Brunswick when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 28 September 1916. He departed from Melbourne as an Air Mechanic in ‘B’ Flight of No 2 Sqn AFC on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916. After trade training in the UK he served with Nos 69 and 71 (A) Sqns before applying for observer training, which he completed in September 1917, when he was commissioned. Promotion to Lieutenant followed in December. On 5 March 1918 he was posted to No 3 Sqn in France and was lightly wounded in action on 17 days later when the Officers’ Quarters at Abeele aerodrome were hit by German long-range artillery fire. He spent some time in hospital in the UK in mid 1918, but returned to the squadron when he was fit.

On 11 August 1918, he was flying with Lt L P Chase in D4853 on a Counter-Attack Patrol when the RE 8 was damaged by shrapnel. He is mentioned in the Official History for an action with Lt Chase on 22 August when the pair escaped from a fight with six enemy two-seaters.

He was killed in action while on a photographic mission over the Hindenberg Outpost Line on 19 September 1918 while flying in RE 8 E120, flown by 2Lt J C Peel, who was also killed. The aeroplane disappeared without trace.

Lt J P Jeffers has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Villers-
Bretonneux Memorial, France.

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