SLATYER Kenneth Henry 406799

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Henry SLATYER

Service No: 406799
Born: Sydney NSW, 20 January 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 79 Squadron, Vivigani Airfield, Goodenough Island, PNG
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 79 Squadron Spitfire aircraft A58-140), near Vivigani Airstrip, 19 February 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Henry and Jean Estelle Slatyer, of Kalamunda, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 104, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

During a test flight on 19 February 1944, Spitfire A58-140 suffered a glycol leak that stopped the engine, forcing the pilot, Flight Lieutenant Slatyer, to attempt a forced landing, but the aircraft crashed near the airfield and he was killed.

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 Records A9845, 120; A705, 166/37/326

Bibliography:

Gaston, Bruce DFC (406646), Harry Horner DFC OAM (406595), Raymond Storer (406666) (Editors), Aircrew for the Duration: of and by members of RAAF EATS Courses 10, 11, 12 & 13, Gaston Horner and Storer, Nedlands WA, 1990