LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Kelvin COGHILL

Service No: 23756
Born: Dunedin, New Zealand, 12 October 1905
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 November 1940 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 10 Squadron, RAF Mount Batten, Devon
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Squadron Sunderland aircraft DV 993), Bay of Biscay, 17 November 1943, Aged 40 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of David Coghill, and of Isabella Coghill, of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Roll of Honour: Longreach QLD
Remembered: Panel 195 Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the 17th November 1943, Sunderland DV 993 took off from RAF Mount Batten at 1101 hours, on patrol Percussion A-2, but failed to return from its mission. The aircraft’s last radio signal at 1430 hours indicated that the aircraft had sighted some aircraft which was assumed to be enemy, and the patrol was over the sea. German radio News Service claimed that” its long range fighters on 17 November had shot down a British flying boat over the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft caught fire and the tail unit was shot away. The aircraft crashed in flames and there were no survivors.”.
As there were no other flying boats missing on 17 November, it was assumed that the radio report
referred to Behrndt’s aircraft.

The crew members of DV 993 were:

Flight Lieutenant Raymond Carl Behrndt (416406) (Pilot)
Sergeant Alexander Thomas Brooking (419082) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Kelvin Coghill (23756) (Fitter 11E/Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Alexander Frederick Davis (418356) (Observer)
Pilot Officer Clarence Furzer (424000) (Third Pilot)
Flying Officer Allen George Hartwig (421015) (Second Pilot)
Warrant Officer Herbert John Hicks (403667) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Trevor Reid Jones (424318) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Henry Edward Knights (11379) (Fitter 11A/Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Charles Henry Stringer Leggo (418134) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Philip Stanton (21903) (Armourer/Air Gunner)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/8/294

Bibliography:

Ashworth, N. (Norman) The ANZAC Squadron: A history of No. 461 Squadron RAAF 1942-5, Hesperian Press Victoria Park WA 6100, 1994
Baff, K.C (Kevin), Maritime is Number Ten, K.C. Baff Netley SA, 1983
Joubert, P.B. (Sir Phillip Bennet) Birds and Fishes: the story of Coastal Command, Hutchinson and Company London, 1960
Southall, I.F. (Ivan Francis) (418900) They Shall Not Pass Unseen, Angus and Robertson Sydney NSW, 1956
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992