Kenneth Albert GERDES


GERDES, Kenneth Albert

Service Number: 410322
Enlisted: 6 December 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 31 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 19 November 1921
Home Town: Frankston, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, 6 December 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 410322
6 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 31 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Beaufighter aircraft A19-86 of Number 31 Squadron crashed into the sea near the Peron Islands, NT while on a gunnery exercise.  

Leading Aircraftman Keith Braybrook Henry 61691 survived the impact and was picked up by a rescue flying boat from Darwin but died from his injuries.  He was buried at Adelaide River War Cemetery.  Son of George Braybrook Henry and Mary Jane Henry of Woollahra, NSW

Commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing located at Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT are:

Flying Officer Kenneth Albert Gerdes 410322 - Son of Albert Henry and Fanny Jane Gerdes of Frankston, Victoria

Flight Sergeant Andrew Kenneth McMillan 413320 - Son of Andrew Donald and Ivy McMillan of Bondi, NSW