LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Keith Alexander ANDREW

Service No: 404823
Born: Crows Nest QLD, 23 February 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 December 1940
Unit: No. 455 Squadron, RAF Station Wigsley
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 455 Squadron Hampden aircraft P5326), near Wigsley, 12 March 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Thurley (St German) Churchyard, Lincolnshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Sidney and Elizabeth Ellen Andrew, of Crows Nest, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Crows Nest QLD
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Hampden P5326 took off from RAF Wigsley at 1300 hours on 12 March 1942 on an air test. It crashed on take-off due to engine failure that caused the aircraft to bank steeply to port before diving into the ground.

The crew members of P5326 were:

Sergeant Keith Alexander Andrew (404823) (Pilot)
Sergeant Ernest George Alfred Miflin (404898) (Navigator) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 26 February 1946

References:

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 A9301, 404823

Bibliography:

Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951