Keith Thomas EDWARDS


EDWARDS, Keith Thomas

Service Number: 27883
Enlisted: 8 October 1942, Lost at sea Maritime Patrol Bay of Biscay
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, 21 September 1914
Home Town: Colonel Light Gardens, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Thebarton Junior Technical and Adelaide School of Mines
Occupation: Wireless Mechanic
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Bay of Biscay, 8 August 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At sea - Runnymede (Air Forces) Memorial, Surrey, England
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

8 Oct 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 27883, RAAF Ground Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
8 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 27883, No. 10 Squadron (RAAF), Lost at sea Maritime Patrol Bay of Biscay

Private Casualty Advices

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Tuesday 20 April 1943, page 4

Private Casualty Advices

Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Edwards, of 6 Rapid avenue. Colonel Light Gardens. have received official advice that their only son, Wireless Air Gunner Keith Thomas Ed-wards, who was previously re-ported missing, was believed to have lost his life on August 8 1942 during air operations over the Bay of Biscay, in a Sunderland flying boat. He was educated at Thebarton Junior Technical School and Adelaide School of Mines. He joined the RAAF in September 1940, and went overseas in October,1941. He was 28 years of age.

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Rootsweb ID: I495120 Birth Record: 21 Sep 1914 in Solomontown, South Australia

Only son of Father Thomas Henry Edwards and Mother Mabel Sylvia Edwards,
living at 6 Rapid Avenue, Colonel Light Gardens, SA.

Educated at Thebarton Junior Technical and Adelaide School of Mines, won his Intermediate Certificate.
Interested in hockey and swimming. In civil life a wireless mechanic.
He held an amateur broadcasting certificate at an early age.

8/10/1940     enlisted in RAAF, at Colonel Light Gardens, SA
                    place of enlistment Adelaide, SA
                    as a SGT Wireless Air Gunner Keith Thomas Edwards

Oct 1941       embarked for overseas

Leading Aircraftman in 10 SQUADRON

8/8/1942     killed during air operations over the Bay of Biscay in a Sunderland flying boat.
                   No known grave

Commemorated on Panel        at the  Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, Surrey, UK.

His name is commemorated on Panel 99 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Debra Mason (May 2015) and Julianne T Ryan (7/6/2016).  Lest we forget.