Norman Henry KOETSVELD

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KOETSVELD, Norman Henry

Service Number: 12517
Enlisted: 20 December 1940, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 142 Squadron (RAF)
Born: North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 August 1914
Home Town: Kew, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Accidental (air crash), Italy, 4 March 1944, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Bari War Cemetery
XV. D. 37.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

20 Dec 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 12517, Melbourne, Victoria
24 Feb 1944: Wounded Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 12517, No. 142 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45, Pilot, Wellington bomber HF537, crashed in heavy fog near Castelnuovo, Italy, preparing to land, returning from bombing mission over Austria on 24/2/1944. Died on 4/3/1944 from injuries sustained.
4 Mar 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 12517, No. 142 Squadron (RAF)

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Biography contributed by Graeme Koetsveld

Wellington bomber HF537 crashed in heavy fog near Castelnuovo, Italy, while preparing to land after returning from a bombing mission over Austria on 24 Fedb 1944.

Norman died on 04 Mar 1944 from the injuries sustained.

Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flying Officer Vernon Temple Rutter 418182 / Flight Sergeant Godfrey Denzil Vaughan Howard 427327 / Flying Officer Norman Henry Koetsveld 12517 were killed in the loss of Wellington X HF537 of Number 142 Squadron (RAF) at Castel Nuovo, Italy