LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Keith VALENTINE

Service No: 421526
Born: Sutherland NSW, 11 September 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 1 February 1942
Unit: No. 71 Squadron, Detachment Coffs Harbour NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 71 Squadron Anson aircraft DG936), off the East Coast, 27 November 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Frederick Charles and Elizabeth Ella Valentine; husband of Marjorie Jasmine Valentine, of Sutherland, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Avro Anson DG936 went missing off the Eastern Australian coast after departing from Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, at 0403 hours on 27 November 1943. The crew members of DG936 were:

Sergeant Raymond Leslie Brook (423613) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Neville Sinclair Orr (416451) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Keith Valentine (421526) (Wireless Air Gunner)

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, 63

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992