JOHN DUNCAN KRONE
John was the son of Stanley and Isabel Krone of Herne Bay, New South Wales and born at Peakhurst on 28 July 1924. He was working as a clerk at the time of enlisted 5 December 1942, embarked from Sydney on 27 September 1943 for overseas. John was appointed Flight Sergeant on 16 March 1944.
John’s brother, Warrant Officer Henry Krone 413674, lost his life whilst engaged on a bombing attack on Stuttgart on 15 March 1944. He was with 360 Squadron RAAF, attached to RAF Binbrook, Lincoln, and is commemorated at Runnymede.
Halifax MZ701 took off from RAF Full Sutton at 0207 hours on the night of 8 June 1944, detailed to carry out a night flying training exercise. Almost immediately the plane crashed due to engine failure and loss of control. All the crew were killed.
RAAF Pilot Officer G L Hyde – Pilot RAF Sergeant H Fox – Flight Engineer
RAF Sergeant E F Chapman – Navigator
RAF Sergeant D J Hutchison – Air Bomber
RAAF Flight Sergeant K F Galvin – Wireless Operator Air RAAF Flight Sergeant J D Krone – Mid Upper Gunner RAAF Flight Sergeant A Jordan – Rear Gunner
After the crash John, who was severely injured was taken to the York Military Hospital but succumbed to his wounds shortly after. His funeral was held at 10 am on 13 June 1944 at the Royal Air Force Regional Cemetery Harrogate Yorkshire along with five other members of the crew.
Six of the crew are buried in the Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, John Krone – Sec B. Row E. Grave 15. Sergeant Fox is buried in the Huddersfield (Lockwood) Cemetery.
Flight Sergeant Krone and his brother are remembered with honour at the Australian War Memorial and the Hurstville, Sydney, NSW Roll of Honour.
Flight Sergeant Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery John Duncan Krone Yorkshire. UK
KRONE, June 8, Sgt John Duncan Krone RAAF 432211, dearly beloved son of the late Stanley Cyril Krone and Mrs Isabel Krone of the Myrtles, Peakhurst and beloved brother of Norman, Isabel, Donald, Mary and Peter. Missing in RAAF overseas aged 19 years.
KRONE, June 8, killed in air crash in England, Sgt John Duncan Krone RAAF beloved nephew and cousin of Mr and Mrs G.R. Farrand and Mary and David, of Mullumbimby, NSW aged 19 years.
KRONE, June 8 Sgt John Duncan Krone, RAAF beloved nephew of Mr and Mrs Ernest McKinnon, of Algerley, Brisbane and cousin of Ernest, Eileen and Rita.
KRONE, June 8 killed in air crash in England Sgt John Duncan Krone RAAF beloved nephew and cousin of Mr and Mrs Lamond and family of Carrarong,
KRONE, June 8 killed during air operations in England, Sgt John Duncan Krone,
Ralph and Amanda posted on FB, John’s death and Harrowgate Cemetery.
Ralph posted this picture on FB “The Ides of March. Just gone 75 years since our Uncle Peter’s Lancaster failed to return, never to be found. Pic this morning at Aust War Mem, 360 Squadron (John is nearby, he was serving with the RAF).”
Memorial where Henry (Peter) Krone is named.
Losses with Lancaster bombers, includes (Henry) Peter.