Personnel Index - Detail

Name
KEHOE
First Names
John Edward
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
551389
Crew Position
Wireless operator/Air Gunner
Age
20
Date of Death
08/11/1941
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke

Originally Sgt Kehoe was remembered at Runnymede

Photographed by Eric Molenaar
 

 

'Paddy' Kehoe and his fiancee





8/9 November, 1941; ESSEN/INTRUDER:

At 10.00hrs, 5 of the squadron's aircraft were detailed for operations against Essen; 3 on bombing sorties and 2 for searchlight-suppression and intruder attacks. The two intruders took off just after 17.14hrs. Bomber Command had dispatched 54 aircraft on the bombing raid assisted by 8 Hampden intruders. Large fires were started in the target area but the cost was high with 3 Wellingtons, 2 Whitleys and 1 Hampden reported missing. One Hampden failed to return from the intruder operations and it unfortunately came from 49 Squadron.

W/O Christopher Saunders DFM (P1206) and crew were shot down by a German night fighter flown by Ofw Ney of II/NJG 2. The aircraft was hit over the Dutch coast and set on fire; it was seen to circle before crashing at Berkhout, south west of Hoorn in Holland.

Hampden P1206 (EA-Z)
W/O C.A. Saunders DFM Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J.M. D'Arcy NAV (Killed)
Sgt J.E. Kehoe W/AG (Killed)
Sgt S.G. Mullenger W/AG (Killed)

Photographs courtesy of Ed Ijsbrandij and Dick Schilder
 

On the 69th anniversay flowers were laid by Ed Ijsbrandij and Dick Shilder of the Dutch Aircraft Research & Excavation group (DARE)
 

Courtesy of RAF Scampton
 

The remains of P1206 were returned to RAF Scampton and are now displayed in the Station Museum.

Sgt Kehoe is remembered on a plaque in the Scampton Village Church.