Ernest Hubert KRAEHE

KRAEHE, Ernest Hubert

Service Number: 27791
Enlisted: 24 September 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Cowell, South Australia, 4 April 1917
Home Town: Cleve, Cleve, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Prisoner of War, Rabaul, New Britain, New Britain, Pacific Islands, 5 March 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Section E Row C Collective Grave 5 to 11 , Bita Paka War Cemetery, Bita Paka, Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Cleve WW2 Roll of Honor
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World War 2 Service

24 Sep 1940: Involvement Sergeant, 27791
24 Sep 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
24 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 27791
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

11SQN RAAF Catalina A24-34 crash-landed in Jacquinot Bay, New Britain and all crew survived the landing.

Four members evaded capture and returned to Australia: Flying officer Ian Douglas Vaughan Ralfe 405501 / Flying officer Allan Bernard Liedl 426624 / Sergeant Richard Murray Howard 47149 / Sergeant Harold Francis Jones 71534  

Six crewmen were taken POW, but only Flight Lieutenant Brian Paul Stacy 406446 survived to be eventually repatriated

Squadron Leader John Evelyn Todd 271707 died in Rabaul of disease contracted as a POW - 22 July 1944

The other four were killed in an Allied bombing raid on Rabaul 5 March 1944: Sergeant Ernest Hubert Kraehe 27791 / Flight Sergeant Henry Laurence Murphy 412621 / Sergeant Fred Woolley 43098 / Flying Officer Frank Ronald Pocknee 401663