Kenneth Robert Charles MATHEWS


MATHEWS, Kenneth Robert Charles

Service Number: 407125
Enlisted: 22 June 1940, Adelaide
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 36 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Lockleys, South Australia, 26 August 1913
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (during Air Operations), Wewak, New Guinea, 20 May 1945, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Crystal Brook District WW2 Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

22 Jun 1940: Involvement SN 407125
22 Jun 1940: Enlisted Adelaide
20 May 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 407125, No. 36 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Dakota A65-34 (VH-CUF) of 36 Squadron RAAF crashed while performing airdrop duties to Australian ground forces near But in Wewak, New Guinea

There were two survivors: Squadron Leader Lewis Keith Jackson 261723 RAAF and Private Joseph George Law TX13582 (T24441) of 2/160 Australian Supply Depot Platoon

Four of the crew and two soldiers were killed:

Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Robert Charles Mathews 407125 of 36 Squadron

Pilot Officer Donald Gordon Campbell 418718 of 36 Squadron

Corporal Arthur Edward Guy 142679 of 37 Operational Base Tadji

Corporal Keith Hardham 129265 of 37 Operational Base Tadji

Sergeant Harry Maurice Whaling NX18480 of 2/160 Australian Supply Depot Platoon

Private Edward John Collins VX50622 of 2/188 Australian Supply Depot Platoon