FRENCH Keeble Charles 415518

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Keeble Charles FRENCH

Service No: 415518
Born: Northam WA, 10 September 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 November 1941
Unit: No. 207 Squadron (RAF), RAF Langar, Nottinghamshire
Died: Air Operations: Hamburg and Raids on Italy (No. 207 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM334), Germany, 28 August 1943, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Edward and Catherine Frances French, of Northam, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Northam WA
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster LM334 took off from RAF Langar at 2126 hours on the night of 27/28th August 1943, detailed to bomb Nurnberg, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. A Research & Enquiry report stated that the aircraft crashed at Lohe, and all the crew were killed.

The crew members of LM334 were:

Flight Sergeant Keeble Charles French (415518) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Augustine Lynch (408909) (Air Bomber)
Flying Officer Hugh John McCulloch (410698) (Navigator)
Sergeant Leslie Thomas Reynolds (1438887) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant James Seddon (2203354) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flying Officer John Richard Welch (413918) (Pilot)
Sergeant Arthur Herbert Whetton (1255976) (RAF) (Rear 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, 166/14/86