KEVAN Harold James 406040

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Harold James KEVAN

Service No: 406040
Born: Perth WA, 25 August 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 May 1940
Unit: No. 113 Squadron (RAF), Comilla Main, Bangladesh
Died: Air Operations: (No. 113 Squadron Blenheim aircraft Z7892), Burma (Myanmar), 18 June 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Lindsay Telfer Kevan and Olive Mary Kevan, of Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Column 421, Singapore Memorial, Singapore
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Blenheim Z7892 of 113 Squadron took off from Tezpur on 18 June 1942 leading a formation of three aircraft over enemy territory. Z 7892 was lost in cloud and not seen again. After the war the wreckage of the aircraft was found near the village of Ninglaw, which is north of Myitkina in north-east Burma. Local villagers who saw the aircraft crash state it exploded on impact and all occupants killed. No one had baled out. A search of the area failed to locate any bodies.

The crew members of Z7892 were:

Flying Officer Leonard Anthony Lasseter Beauchamp (401266) (Observer)
Squadron Leader Clifton Watt Harper (42221) (RAF) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Harold James Kevan (406040) (Wireless Operator/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, 163/132/179