Pilot Officer Keith Francis LLOYD-JONES

Service No: 404250
Born: Barcaldine QLD, 23 December 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 July 1940
Unit: No. 76 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Middleton St George
Died: Air Operations: (No. 76 Squadron Halifax II aircraft R9487), Germany, 13 April 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Francis and Elizabeth Anne Lloyd-Jones, of Barcaldine, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Barcaldine QLD
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Halifax R9487 took off from RAF Middleton St George at 2201 hours on the night of 12/13th April 1942, detailed to bomb Essen, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. R9487 was hit by flak at 16,000 feet and crashed at Buer, 5 kms north north west of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Six of the crew were members killed and one became a Prisoner of War.

The crew members of R9487 were:

Flying Officer William Culmsee (104516) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Pilot Officer Robert Fairclough (112109) (RAFVR) (Observer) PoW
Flight Sergeant Richard William Albert Hawksworth MID (551586) (RAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Harry Ernest Hothersall (902193) (RAFVR) (First Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Keith Francis Lloyd-Jones (404250) (Pilot)
Sergeant Wallace Alfred Richard Moule (R/54309) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Philip Lawrence Wheeldon (569291) (RAF) (Second Wireless Air Gunner)


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/129/177


Chorley W R, To See the Dawn Breaking: 76 Squadron Operations, W R Chorley Devon UK, 1981

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