Sergeant David Alcorn McKELL

Service No: 400061
Born: Mosman NSW, 26 March 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 April 1940 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 69 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 69 Squadron Maryland aircraft LB427), central Mediterranean, 24 November 1941, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norman Alcorn McKell, and of Irene Annie McKell, of North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 2, Column 2, Malta Memorial, Malta
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1304 hours on 24 November 1941 Maryland LB427 took off from Takali aerodrome, Malta, to carry out a sea patrol. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. It was recorded in 1948 that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of LB427 were:

Flight Sergeant Harold Bernard Batchelor (759009) (RAFVR) (Observer)
Sergeant John Keogh Hutt (967922) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant David Alcorn McKell (400061) (Wireless Operator 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, 163/141/389

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