Kevin Leslie Thomas DICKERSON


DICKERSON, Kevin Leslie Thomas

Service Number: 421578
Enlisted: 28 February 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 18 January 1924
Home Town: Concord, Canada Bay, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Public Servant
Died: Flying Battle, Chevillon, France, 15 July 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Chevillon Community Cemetery
Coll. Grave 294 Roll of Honour - Concord NSW
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

28 Feb 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 421578, Aircrew Training Units
1 Mar 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 421578, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
15 Jul 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 421578, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins


On the evening of 14th July 1944, with the D Day invasion in full swing, a massive air effort was being mounted to disrupt German transport links.

Having taken off from Binbrock (Lincolnshire-UK) on July 14, 1944, around 9:38 pm, for a bombing mission on the Révigny-sur-Ornain (Meuse) railroad, Lancaster ME755 AR-Z was shot down by a night fighter on the 15th. July 1944 around 02:05, near Chevillon Haute Marne in eastern France..

Only two crew members managed to escape:

FSgt Brian Francis RAFTERY, Wireless Operator, RAAF,
Sgt David WADE, Air Gunner, of the RAF.

The rest died in the crash and are buried at Chevillon Communal Cemetery.

ALLAN, ALEXANDER, Sergeant, 562335, RAFVR, Flight Engineer,

DICKERSON, KEVIN LESLIE THOMAS, Flight Sergeant, 421578, RAAF, Age 20, Bomb Aimer

JEFFRIES, FREDERICK, Flight Sergeant, 1323904, RAFVR, Age 33, Navigator

KILSBY, HORACE SIDNEY, Sergeant, 1575038, RAFVR, Age 21, Air Gunner

VAUGHAN, WILLIAM ALAN HENRY, Pilot Officer, 421774, RAAF, Age 25, Pilot