KEEPING, John Blane

Plane was a Blenheim 1V Z7699 which was lost in action after taking part in a raid on Kluang in Malaya. The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered in Mankibol Rubber Estate near Kluang [60 miles north of Singapore] with the bodies of Keeping and George Ritchie in a grave marked by the Japanese.

Last Name
KEEPING
Given Names
John Blane
Service Number
404295
Date of Birth
01/06/1919
Birth Location
Bowen QLD
Enlistment Date
19/07/1940
Enlistment Location
Brisbane
1Wags Start Date
22/08/1940
Course Details
WAGS Course 4
Intake Date
18/08/1940
Finish Date
10/02/1941
To
1 BAGS
Kill Date or Discharge Date
10/02/1942 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
211SQN F/East
Rank
Sergeant
Operations
Flying battle Malaya target Kluang.
Date of Death
10/02/1942
Age
22
Cemetery / Memorial
Kranji War Cemetery Singapore
Notes

Plane was a Blenheim 1V Z7699 which was lost in action after taking part in a raid on Kluang in Malaya. The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered in Mankibol Rubber Estate near Kluang [60 miles north of Singapore] with the bodies of Keeping and George Ritchie in a grave marked by the Japanese.

Posting on Death
210 Squadron Far East
NAA Status
OPEN
1WAGS - KEEPING John Blane - Service Number 404295 (edited-1)
1WAGS - KEEPING John Blane - Service Number 404295 (edited-1)
1WAGS - KEEPING John Blane - Service Number 404295 (Graduation Dinner 1 WAGS_edited-1)

Acknowledgements

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