Sergeant Kenneth AIRD

Service No: 403415
Born: Bangor, Ireland, 4 March 1909
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 January 1941 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 150 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Snaith
Died: Air Operations (No. 150 Squadron Wellington I aircraft X3448), Lincolnshire, 31 May 1942, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Scampton (St John the Baptist) Churchyard, Lincolnshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Dr. Ivie Aird and Ella Margaret Aird; husband of Marcia Clarice Aird, of Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Wellington took off from RAF Snaith at 2315 hours on the night of 30/31 May 1942 detailed to bomb Cologne, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed on 31 May 1942 at Mottrams Farm, Faldingworth, four miles south west of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of X3448 were:

Sergeant Kenneth Aird (403415) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Leonard Beck (1310501) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Joachim Charles Dean (812230) (RAF (Auxiliary Air Force)) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant George Lawson Mustoe (404869) (Observer)
Sergeant Roy George Peverill (401079) (Pilot)
Sergeant Stanley Bernard Shaw (1375427) (RAFVR) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/87/207

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