Douglas KEENE

KEENE, Douglas

Service Number: 5115
Enlisted: 6 November 1939
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 16 April 1919
Home Town: Brighton, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mechanic/Flight Engineer
Died: Repatriation Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia, 11 October 1961, aged 42 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
General AC, Path 8, Grave 538
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World War 2 Service

6 Nov 1939: Enlisted Laverton, VIC
6 Nov 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 5115
30 Oct 1946: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Virginia Summers

Douglas and brother Peter were born to St Jude’s parishioners Ronald Laurence and Ethel May Keene. Ronald is buried with his second wife, Phyllis Josephine, in St Jude’s Cemetery. At one stage Peter and Douglas lived at 34 Oleander St, Brighton. Peter was born at Glenelg 9 July 1917 and Douglas, also at Glenelg on 16 April 1919.

Douglas, a mechanic, enlisted early in the RAAF and studied engineering before he moved with his squadron to England in 1942 where they helped in the defence of Britain along the coasts. Douglas was deployed as an engineer working on the de Havilland aircraft. On return to Australia in 1945 he worked as an engineer with Qantas Empire Airways. After a couple years in Sydney he moved to Adelaide where he married Helen Colton in 1950 and sadly died at the age of 42, 11 October 1961 at Daws Rd, Repatriation Hospital.