Flight Sergeant Keith Roy SHARP

Service No: 430972
Born: Terang VIC, 1 October 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 April 1943
Unit: No. 5 Operational Training Unit
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Operational Training Unit Beaufighter aircraft A19-48), near Williamtown, 14 February 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Newcastle (Sandgate) War Cemetery NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Walter and Beatrice Julia Sharp, of Camperdown, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Camperdown VIC
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall, Sandgate NSW

On the 14 February 1945, Beaufighter A19-48 collided with Beaufighter A19-21 while engaged in a low level formation flight and crashed four miles east of the Williamtown aerodrome and the crew members were killed. A19-21 forced landed on Stockton Beach and the crew members were uninjured.

The crew members of A19-48 were:

Sergeant Geoffrey Edward Hocking (438807) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Keith Roy Sharp (430972) (Navigator Wireless)

The crew members of A19-21 were:

Flying Officer Alexander Stewart Burton (418340) (Pilot) Discharged from the RAAF: 8 February 1946
Pilot Ralph Walker Lyons (443503) (Navigator Wireless) Discharged from the RAAF: 10 January 1946


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, 166/37/936; A9845, 13; A9845, 179
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed, Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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