LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant John Archibald KEER

Service No: 407366
Born: Brighton SA, 24 June 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 September 1940
Unit: No. 52 Squadron (RAF), Mosul, Iraq
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 52 Squadron Blenheim aircraft Z9615), Mosul, 13 October 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Mosul War Cemetery, Iraq
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Hendrie Keer and Catherine Keer husband of Norma Marjory Keer, of Port Augusta, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Port August SA
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Blenheim Z9615 crashed at 1630 hours on 13th October 1942 at Mosul. The crew of three was killed following engine failure and a subsequent misjudgment of the circuit during a forced landing attempt.

The crew members of Z9615 were:

Flight Sergeant John Archibald Keer (407366) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas George Arthur Pritchard (1377604) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant George Trevor Spark (993681) (RAFVR) (Observer)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/132/245

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