Pilot Officer John Kenneth Ridley, DFM was an Australian officer of the Royal Australian Air Force, attached to the Royal Air Force, who died during the Second World War.

He was born the son of Samuel William and Winnifred Leslie Ridley (née Pride), of Marrickville, New South Wales. Before his enlistment on 14 October 1940, Ridley was a resident of Dulwich Hill and worked as a bank clerk.[1]

Aged 25, Ridley, serving as a navigator in 83 Squadron, died on 19 February 1943, when his Avro Lancaster (serial R5473) was lost to unknown causes while engaged on a raid against the port of Wilhelmshaven. He was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Flying Medal for a "very high standard of navigational skill" displayed on operations.[2]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Runnymede Memorial.


  1. Portrait and Profile, Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  2. Storr, Alan (2006), RAAF Personnel Serving on Attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units in World War 2 and Missing with No Known Grave, p. 398, Retrieved 1 December 2012.


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