LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Ross Newcombe KEMSLEY

Service No: 417203
Born: Carlton VIC, 18 July 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 January 1942 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 11 Personnel Disposal and Reception Centre, RAAF Overseas Headquarters
Died: Aircraft Accident (Tiger Moth aircraft N9198) Wiltshire, 19 May 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Salisbury (London Road) Cemetery, Wiltshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Newcombe Kemsley and Gladys Annie May Kemsley, of Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On a non-operational day flying instruction flight on the 19th May 1943, Tiger Moth N9198 crashed at 1010 hours near County Steeple, Langford, Wiltshire. The Pilot was injured and the Observer was killed. The aircraft flew into high tension cables, while carrying out unauthorised low flying.

The crew members of N9198 were:

Sergeant Robert Frederick Gauvin (414555) (Pilot) Injured: Discharged from the RAAF: 29 June 1944
Sergeant Ross Newcombe Kemsley (417203) (Observer)

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, 166/22/66