Sadd, John Peter
Pilot Officer (Pilot)
No. 106188, 153 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 19 July 1942 (aged 24)
Idmiston (All Saints) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England (South side of church)
John Peter Sadd was a son of Major John Ambrose Sadd and Doris Sadd (nee Mooney) of Salisbury and his birth was registered in the first quarter of 1918 in Willesden, Middlesex. His parents’ marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1916 in Bradford, Yorkshire.
John Peter Sadd joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and in July 1942 he was serving with 153 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert.
On 19 July 1942, a Bristol Beaufighter aircraft (X7822) of 153 Squadron was returning to Ballyhalbert airfield, having completed a practice night interception and radar calibration exercise, when it flew straight into Shanlieve Mountain in the Mourne Mountains at Grid Reference J250214. It was reported at the time that ‘the aircraft appeared to have homed on an inappropriate radio beacon’. The aircraft was destroyed and both crew members were killed. They were the Pilot, Pilot Officer John Peter Sadd (No. 106188) from Willesden, Middlesex and the Navigator/Radar Operator, Sergeant Marks Weiner (served as Marks Wayne) of Maida Vale, London. Pilot Officer John Peter Sadd was buried in Idmiston (All Saints) Churchyard, Wiltshire and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
O VALIANT HEART