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Keith James Watson

Portrait from Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Keith James AWMM
  • Surname
    Watson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ421799 AWMM
    • WWII 421799 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
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  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Keith Watson was the son of David James Watson and of Emily Millicent Watson (nee Fuller), of Pohangina, Wellington.

      Caption in The Auckland Weekly News photo has K.L. initials in error.

      Barrass, M.B. (2001- 2008). Web site: Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. "Squadrons numbered in the 400 series were technically units of the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, but their members were placed under the operational control of the RAF and are usually considered to be part of the RAF's organisational structure". URL: AWMM
    • Operation: Training

      Date: 02/03rd February 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)

      Unit: No. 488 Squadron RNZAF (11 Group)

      Type: Mosquito NF.XIII

      Serial: HK363

      Code: ME-?

      Base: RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex

      Location: As above

      Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Keith James Watson NZ/421799 RNZAF Age 20. Killed

      Nav: Fl/Sgt. Ernest Frank Edwards NZ/422378 RNZAF Age 26. Killed


      Taking off at about 00:05 hrs on an airfield canopy searchlight exercise when at 01:40 hrs the aircraft crashed out of control a mile south of the airfield. It is thought that the pilot may have been temporary blinded when caught in the beams.

      Fl/Sgt. Keith James Watson. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.K.1. Born on the 10th March 1923 in Palmerston North, New Zealand, the son of David James Watson and of Emily Millicent Watson (née Fuller), of Pohangina, Wellington, New Zealand. 397 Flying hours logged - 38 of these solo on Mosquito. 2 operational sorties flown. A motor mechanic, joining the RNZAF in March 1942. Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 4 November 2017 -
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About death

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  • Death
    3 February 1944 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England AWMM Grave 2 K 1 AWMM
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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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04 November 2017KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher

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