John Seaton MBE – Obit Notes and Photos
Born April 21st 1927 – Died 21st April 2020 on his 93rd birthday
24 April 2020 – Compiled by David Parer
Portrait of John Seaton while in the RAAF (Pittwater Online News)
John Seaton MBE – the passing of an Antarctic Explorer
L to R – SQN LDR Leckie, PLT OFF Seaton, SGT Sunberg, SGT Johanson
(Doug Leckie Collection)
John Seaton served in Korea in the Royal Australian Air Force. He was involved in establishing airstrips in the Pacific and wintered in the Antarctic at Mawson Station in 1956 with the first RAAF crew to do so. Flying inland from Mawson, he discovered what was then thought to be the world’s biggest glacier, the Lambert Glacier. Seaton Glacier is named after him.
John was educated at Launceston Grammar School. In his early teens his father took him to Launceston Airport where he had a joy flight in a Fox Moth. He made model aeroplanes and gliders and wanted to be a pilot. But it wasn’t until the start of the Korean War in 1950 that John applied to join the RAAF, graduating to Mustangs (John’s favourite aircraft) and Vampires in 1952. He ended up flying 49 missions in Korea.