Kervyn Charles BEETON DFC

BEETON, Kervyn Charles

Service Number: 407162
Enlisted: 20 July 1940, Adelaide
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: HQ Northern Command
Born: Stirling, South Australia, 11 January 1916
Home Town: Malvern, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
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World War 2 Service

20 Jul 1940: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, 407162
20 Jul 1940: Enlisted Adelaide
20 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 407162
29 Jan 1943: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross
28 May 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 407162, HQ Northern Command

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Rootsweb ID: I441839 Birth Record: 11 January 1916 in Stirling, South Australia
(SA Births 1907 - 1928, Book : 972 Page : 261 District : MtB.)

Father Charles Francis BEETON and Mother Mabel Jane Beeton (nee HOPCRAFT).

20/7/1940       enlisted into RAAF in Adelaide, SA

***service record needs to be ordered through National Archives of Australia***

29/1/1943       London Gazette - awarded "Distinguished Flying Cross"
"awarded the DFC as a result of an air operation on 1/1/1943 in which Flt Lt Beeton and
FO Bowley were Captain and Navigator respectively of a Sunderland aircraft which located
an enemy merchant ship attempting to evade the blockade. Despite extremely adverse
weather, Flt Lt Beeton displayed outstanding determination and maintained patrol over the
area until one of our naval vessels arrived and engaged the enemy vessel. On return to base
Flt Lt Beeton effected a masterly emergency landing in very difficult circumstances."

28/12/1944     involved in a game of cricket in Madang, New Guinea

Flight Lieutenant in Northern Command

28/5/1946       discharged from service

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   10/7/2016.  Lest we forget.