Pilot Officer Basil Kemp ARMSTRONG

Service No: 401094
Born: Malvern VIC, 4 May 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 January 1941
Unit: No. 14 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 14 Squadron Blenheim aircraft V6021), Egypt, 9 July 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Tel El Kebir War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Cyril Amos Armstrong and Lilian Constance Armstrong; husband of Marjorie Armstrong, of Elwood, Victoria, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2200 hours on 9 July 1942 Blenheim V6021 took off from Abu Sueir and immediately crashed. The Pilot was killed in the crash and the Observer who suffered severe burns was placed on the dangerously ill list but died on 10 July 1942. The Wireless Air Gunner suffered slight shock and was admitted to Station Sick Quarters.

The crew members of V6021 were:

Pilot Officer Basil Kemp Armstrong (401094) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Jean Maurin-Bonnemain (401295) (Observer) Fatally injured: Died 10 July 1942
Pilot Officer Ronald Martin McCauley DFC (405358) (Wireless Air Gunner) Slightly injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 11 September 1945


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, 163/22/145


Napier, Michael Winged Crusaders: the exploits of 14 Squadron RFC & RAF 1915-1945, Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley UK, 2012

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