DEVENISH Keith Hugh 17286

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Keith Hugh DEVENISH

Service No: 17286
Born: Perth WA, 22 December 1909
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 July 1940
Unit: Air Force Headquarters, Port Moresby PNG
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 33 Squadron C47 aircraft A65-56), Milne Bay PNG, 11 September 1945, Aged 35 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur and Caroline Elizabeth Devenish; husband of Joan Frances Devenish, of South Perth, Western Australia. L.Mus.A., L.R.S.M. (Organ).
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 9, Port Moresby Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 11 September 1945, RAAF Dakota aircraft A65-56 crashed into the sea off Milne Bay, PNG, killing all on board. Those on board were:

Crew Members:

Flight Lieutenant Eric Clarence Beer (253615) (Pilot)
Flight Lieutenant John Francis Mulcahy (403946) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Francis Xavier Sullivan (449405) (Wireless Air Gunner)

Passengers:

Flight Sergeant James Neville Davis (433345)
Sergeant Keith Hugh Devenish (17286)
Sergeant Wesley Greg Doran (50353)
Corporal Ernest Lochlan Eastell (88705)
Flight Lieutenant William John Gordon (419569)
Aircraftman Class 1 Albert John Haslam (159583)
Leading Aircraftman Percy Badon Healy (162787)
Corporal Neil Stuart Mackay (139076)
Corporal Michael Francis Moran (118118)
Flying Officer William Patrick Reedman (435578)
Flight Sergeant Kevin Francis Rutherford (433825)
Leading Aircraftman William Douglas Goldie Stevens (418569)
Leading Aircraftman Albert Grant Walton (151902)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 116