John was a pilot flying Hudsons with 2 and 13 Squadrons of the RAAF
He was born on the 15th May 1918 in Melbourne, Victoria. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School, and at the time of enlisting in the RAAF on the 18th August 1940 he was in the stock department of Dennys, Lascelles Ltd, Geelong.
John was Mentioned in Despatches for his work in Hudsons in the Coastal Command overseas. When he returned to Australia in December 1942, he was posted to a northern station. He unexpectedly died of an illness on the 9th November 1943.
John is buried at the Adelaide River Cemetery (refer photo) F.C.16 in the Northern Territory. He was the son of Frank and Agnes Margaret Austen of Avalon, Lara, Victoria.