John Dering Nettlton was born June 28th, 1917 in Nongomam, the son of John Hennah Nettleton and Ethel Nettleton. After his education at Western Province Preparatory School in Cape Town, he served as a Naval Cadet and received his training aboard the trainingvessel General Botha. Following this, he served 18 months in the South African Merchant Marine before taking up Civil Engineering. He was employed in various locations.
December 1938 he enrolled in the RAF and served in 207, 98, 185 and ultimately in 44 Squadron flying the Handley Page Hampden. In July 1941 he was appointed Squadron Leader of 44 (Rhodesian) Squadron and transferred to the Avro Lancaster.
Nettleton lost his life on July 13th, 1943 during an attack on Turin in Italy when his Lancaster, ED331, KM-Z was shot down over the Gulf of Biscaye by a German nightfighter.
?: Acting Pilot Officer;
September 3rd, 1939: Pilot Officer on probation;
October 6th, 1939: Pilot Officer;
September 3rd, 1940: Flying Officer;
?: Acting Flight Lieutenant;
September 3rd, 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.);
?: Acting Squadron Leader;
June 2nd, 1943: Squadron Leader (war subs.).
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