Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. J D Keynes

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John Douglas Keynes of Thornton Heath, Surrey, joined the RAFVR in April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September, he completed his training and joined 236 Squadron on 27th September 1940. He was commissioned in November.

He was captain of a Blenheim damaged by return fire from a BV138 floatplane engaged over south-west Ireland on 30th November 1940. Keynes returned to St. Eval and he and his observer, Sgt. JE Symonds, were admitted to Truro Hospital with splinter wounds.

Keynes was killed on 4th June 1943 as a Flight Lieutenant with 126 Squadron, aged 29. He was flying in Spitfire IX EN532 which failed to return from an interception off Malta.

He is commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

 

 

 

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