John Dering Nettleton Military Person

John dering nettleton

Squadron Leader John Dering Nettleton VC (28 June 1917 – 13 July 1943) was a South African recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Born on 28 June 1917 in Nongoma, Natal Province, South Africa, the son of Admiral A T D. Nettleton, he was educated at Western Province Preparotary school (WPPS) in Cape Town, Nettleton then served as a Naval cadet on the General Botha training ship and then for 18 months in the South African Merchant Marine. He took up civil engineering, working in various parts of South Africa. Commissioned in the RAF in December 1938, he then served with Nos. 207, 98 and 185 Squadrons before joining 44 Squadron flying the Handley Page Hampden. He took part in a daylight attack on Brest on 24 July 1941 and in a series of other bombing raids and was mentioned in dispatches in September 1940. Nettleton was promoted Flying Officer in July 1940, Flight Lieutenant in February 1941 and was a Squadron Leader by July 1941. No.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 28th, 1917
South Africa
Date of death
July 13th, 1943 at age of 26
Place of death
Cause of death
Killed in action

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
Royal Air Force No. 98 Squadron RAF Flight lieutenant February, 1941
Royal Air Force No. 44 Squadron RAF Squadron leader July, 1941 July 13th, 1943
Royal Air Force No. 207 Squadron RAF Flying officer July, 1940
Royal Air Force No. 185 Squadron RAF

Military conflicts participated

World War II


September 1st, 1939


September 2nd, 1945

Wikipedia article

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.

Awards won

1942 Victoria Cross

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
In recognition of most conspicuous bravery that took place on 17th April, 1942 as Squadron Leader of the No. 44 Squadron RAF during the Second World War. Posthumously awarded.


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