Keith John BOWDEN

BOWDEN, Keith John

Service Numbers: NX108177, N283221
Enlisted: 9 December 1941
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sans Souci, New South Wales, Australia, 5 June 1923
Home Town: Sans Souci, Kogarah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Dutch New Guinea, Dutch New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies, 18 September 1945, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dakota Transport A65-61, Townsville 2/12th Battalion Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, NX108177
9 Dec 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, N283221
8 Aug 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, NX108177, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Dakota A65-61 (VH-CUT) from 38SQN crashed near Merauke, Dutch NG while on a mission to evacuate wounded servicemen to Australia - the RAAF crew of 10 and the 19 soldiers on board were all killed in the accident.  The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered in 1970 with the remains of those killed interred in Bomana Cemetery