LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Keith Arnold WATSON

Service No: 22692
Born: Sydney NSW, 8 November 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 June 1940 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 11 Squadron, Cairns QLD
Died: Air Operations: (No. 11 Squadron Catalina aircraft A24-25), Coral Sea, 28 February 1943, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Joseph Charles Bertram and Ethel Watson, of Lismore, New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Addenda Panel, Port Moresby Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Lismore Cenotaph, Lismore NSW

RAAF Catalina aircraft A24-25 is recorded as having been lost on an anti-submarine patrol while operating from Cairns QLD.

The crew members of A24-25 were:

Squadron Leader Eric Hamilton Barkley (250281) (Second Pilot)
Wing Commander John William Daniell (140) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Lewis Melvin Dunham (406672) (Observer)
Sergeant Allan Richard Eather (402703) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Alexander Eric John Elsbury (415378) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Stuart Patrick King (255266) (Squadron Intelligence Officer)
Sergeant Norman Notley Moore (408861) (Third Pilot)
Sergeant John Daniel O’Grady (5778) (Fitter II Airframe)
Corporal Douglas Giffen Shaw Russell (13970) (Armourer)
Corporal John Corbett Stain (2437) (Fitter II Engines)
Sergeant Keith Arnold Watson (22692) (Fitter II Engines)

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, 145
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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McFarlane, C.C. (Cyrus C.) Tojo’s Fate: Australia’s secret war, Sid Harta Publishers Glen Waverley VIC 3150, 2009
McMillan A. (Andrew) Catalina Dreaming: rescues exciting missions and other stories about the famous Australian flying boats of WWII, Duffy and Snellgrove Potts Point NSW, 2002
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Catalina, Neptune and Orion in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991