PROPERJOHN Kevin Pemerton 415048

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Kevin Pemerton PROPERJOHN

Service No: 415048
Born: Perth WA, 15 April 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1941
Unit: No. 25 Squadron, RAAF Station Pearce WA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 25 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-127) off Fremantle WA, 15 September 1942, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Joshua and Clare Properjohn, of Rockingham, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 6, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Wirraway Aircraft A20-127 crashed into the sea approximately 1945 hours while carrying out searchlight exercises. The aircraft reported to have crashed into the sea approx. 1 mile North-West of FREMANTLE into a depth of about 15 feet. Air and sea patrols carried out. Bodies not recovered but part of a human lung was found. A small portion of fabric presumably belonging to the aircraft was found. The crew were No. 415068 PROPERJOHN, Kevin Pemerton – Airmen Pilot (Missing believed Killed) and No. 406951 PAGE, Kenneth George – Wireless Air Gunner (Missing believed Killed).

Sgt. PROPERJOHN completed his initial training at No. 5 I.T.S., completed Elementary Training with No. 9 E.F.T.S. and Service Training with No. 4 S.F.T.S., and then posted to 25 Squadron from 16/3/1942. Sgt. PROPERJOHN’s total Flying Hours were 305.25 (Day 292.45 Night 12.40) – On Wirraways Day 135.35 Night 12.40.

No. 25 Squadron Operations Record Book A50 Entry dated 15 September 1942

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 105

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991