Raymond Arthur KELLEY

KELLEY, Raymond Arthur

Service Numbers: 401238, 1432
Enlisted: 31 August 1936
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 30 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia , 16 March 1917
Home Town: Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Air operations, At sea (off New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea), 11 September 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Rabaul War Cemetery and Memorial, Kokopo, Kokopo District, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. 16/2/23 Panel 34.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rabaul Memorial
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World War 2 Service

31 Aug 1936: Involvement 401238, enlisted 3 years - later RAAF 1432 (3/1/1939-11/9/1943 d/d)
31 Aug 1936: Enlisted
3 Jan 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 30 Squadron (RAAF)
3 Jan 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 1432, No. 30 Squadron (RAAF)
1 Feb 1939: Discharged
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, 1432

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flying Officer Bonython 416822 (Pilot - 1 Rescue and Communication Squadron at Port Moresby) and Flying Officer Kelley 1432 (3890) (Navigator - 30SQN) were lost at sea after taking off from Jacquinot Bay, New Britain in Seagull aircraft A2-19 to search for the crew of missing Beaufighter A19-132 of 30SQN

Their bodies were not recovered and they are commemorated on the Rabaul Memorial