Brian Joseph KAIN


KAIN, Brian Joseph

Service Numbers: S41170, 442516
Enlisted: 4 February 1942, Kensington, SA
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: 3 Operational Training Unit
Born: Mannum, SA, 7 January 1924
Home Town: Dulwich, Burnside, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia, 30 August 1945, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
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Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

4 Feb 1942: Involvement Private, SN S41170
4 Feb 1942: Enlisted Kensington, SA
9 Sep 1943: Discharged
11 Sep 1943: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
11 Sep 1943: Involvement Sergeant, SN 442516
30 Aug 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 3 Operational Training Unit
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Coleman and Rosalia Kain

Husband of Pauline Beatrice Clarissa Kain of Dulwich, South Australia


Nine Catalina aircraft from Number 3 Operational Training Unit departed Rathmines for Darwin on the 28th of August 1945 to take part in an operation to recover POWs that had been liberated from former Japanese held territories. 

Aircraft A24-1 was destroyed on take-off from Darwin on the 30th of August 1945 - no casualties were incurred.

Flight Sergeant Kain 442516 was the 2nd pilot of Catalina aircraft A24-46 - on the night 30 August 1945 he fell off the wing of the aircraft into Darwin Harbour and drowned.  His body was not recovered.