Keith Robertson JACK

Serial Number: NZ391703
RNZAF Trade: Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Date of Enlistment: 8th of December 1939
Rank Achieved: Sergeant
Flying Hours: 308 hours
Operational Sorties: unknown

Date of Birth: 27th of June 1921, at Cambridge
Personal Details: Keith was the son of William Robertson Jack and Evelyn Azealia Jack (nee' Woodward) of Levin. He was educated at Levin District High School and then became a wireless repairer after leaving school.

Service Details: Keith joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a Wireless Operator on the 8th of December 1939, at the Technical Training Wing, Addington, Christchurch. He was posted to RNZF Station Ohakea on the 29th of April 1940.

Keith was posted to No. 2 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron at RNZAF Station Nelson on the 10th of January 1941 where he became an aircrew member on Vickers Vincent biplanes.

He was attached to the Electrical and Wireless School at RNZAF Station Wigram from the 14th of July to 4th of August 1941, and then returned to the squadron, which was now also flying Lockheed Hudson bombers.

On the 15th of December 1941, Keith was awarded his Air Gunners badge, remustering to the trade of Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, and with this he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. However sadly the same day he was killed in an air accident.

Date of Death : 15th of December 1941, aged 20. Keith and his crew took off in Hudson NZ2007 at 16.50hrs on a patrol and failed to return. Searches were mounted but it would be eight days before the wreckage of the aircraft were discovered, on a hillside. The aircraft had struck the hill 700 feet above sea level in bad weather, 3 miles north-west of Westhaven Inlet (aka Whanganui Inlet). The Hudson had exploded on impact killing thefour crew.
Buried: Levin Cemetery

Connection with Cambridge: Keith was born in Cambridge and probably spent some early life in the town before moving to Levin.

Thanks To: Errol Martyn for providing information on this airman, and further details from his books For Your Tomorrow Volumes 1 to 3

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