SergeantBECKETT, JOHN ARCHIBALD

Service Number 521319

Died 12/04/1947

Aged 41

Royal Air Force

G C

Son of Samuel Nicholl Beckett and Elizabeth Swanton Beckett.

Inscription

HIS UNSELFISH GALLANTRY SAVED MANY COMRADES"

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 12th December, 1947. On the night of 28th March, 1947, during re-fuelling operations on a Lancaster aircraft, a violent fire broke out suddenly in the pumping compartment of the refuelling vehicle of which Sgt. Beckett was the driver. There was grave danger that the main tank of this vehicle containing over two thousand gallons of fuel, would explode. This would almost certainly have resulted in the destruction of more than twenty aircraft in the park. Despite serious burns on the hands and face, Sgt. Beckett drove the blazing vehicle about 400 yards to a point outside the aircraft park where it could cause no further damage. He then collapsed, and on 12th April he died. There is no doubt that his prompt and gallant action saved a number of valuable aircraft from destruction and his comrades working in the vicinity from serious injury.

Buried at KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY

Location: Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)
Number of casualties: 758

Cemetery/memorial reference: D. C. 4.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.