Leading Aircraftman Keith Thomas EDWARDS

Service No: 27883
Born: Port Pirie SA, 21 September 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 October 1940
Unit: No. 10 Squadron, RAF Mount Batten
Died: Air Operations (No. 10 Squadron Short Sunderland aircraft W4019) Bay of Biscay, 8 August 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Henry and Mabel Sylvia Edwards, of Colonel Light Gardens, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 112, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

In the absence of more suitable specialised aircraft, the Sunderlands in No. 19 Group still carried the burden of anti-shipping operations in the Bay of Biscay. … This marked offensive spirit brought special commendation from Air Chief Marshal Joubert (Commander-in Chief, Coastal Command, RAF), but the risks of these operations, though gladly accepted, were not commensurate with the actual damage caused. A tragic reminder of this fact came when, in quick succession, Martin (30th July) and Yeoman (9th August) were sent out on similar duties, but were shot down and killed.

Extract from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954 – Pages 287-8.

The crew members of W4019 were:

Pilot Officer Geoffrey Moyle Biggin (408831) (Observer)
Flying Officer Reginald Carson (406469) (Second Pilot)
Aircraftman Class 1 William Ossian Chelman (25061) (Armament Fitter)
Leading Aircraftman Keith Thomas Edwards (27883) (Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Thomas Michael Gibson (400041) (First Pilot)
Flight Sergeant William Henry Isle (405222) (Engine Mechanic / Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Alan Robert McEnnally (403483) (Observer)
Aircraftman Class 1 William Ernest Menzies (21152) (Fitter IIA)
Aircraftman Class 1 Lindsay Thomas Ogg (20033) (Fitter IIA)
Aircraftman Class 1 Colyn Arthur Rheuben (34656) (Fitter IIE)
Sergeant Doctor Dudley Troode (401841) (Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Edwin St. Clair Yeoman (473) (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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/105/118
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


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