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Potts John Nigel Elmhirst


Was the son of the City Engineer William Elmhirst Potts of Launceston and his wife Iris Rose Potts.  He was working as an architectural draughtsman when he enlisted in the RAAF and was posted to 11 Squadron. 

Flying Officer Potts was co pilot on a Catalina that took off from Cairns to drop supplies to coastwatchers at two destinations in the Solomon Islands.  On arrival at their destination two drops were made but prior to the third drop an impact was heard. It was later established the aircraft had flown into a ridge and crashed.

Three were killed in the impact - Flying Officer Potts was one of them 

He is commemorated at the Bomana War Cemetery 

The Mercury 3 May 1943

POTTS.-John Nigel Elmhirst, Flying Officer, RAAF, born Rylstone NSW July 14 1921, in air operations, Northern Australia, April 26 1943, elder son of Mr and Mrs W. E. Potts Launceston, and brother of Murray and Anne.






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