28.10.1944 No. 182 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN204 P/O. Keith Lewis
Date: 28th October 1944 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 182 Squadron
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: B.78 Eindhoven
Location: Near Venlo, Netherlands
Pilot: P/O. Keith Lewis NZ/422295 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Believed to have been shot down by Fw190 from JG26 during the afternoon of 28th October - no further details on loss. We welcome any further information from either relatives or researchers.
Left: Grave of P/O. Lewis at Reichswald Forest Cemetery (archive)
P/O. Keith Lewis. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 30C.16. Further information: Son of William John Lewis, and of Roberta Mary Lewis (nee Palmer), of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. Keith was a very keen sportsman. Completed two years at New Plymouth Boys High School and whilst there became very interested in boxing. He won his weight at the school championship in his second year at school.
Also played rugby for the Star Football Club in New Plymouth and rode both track and road cycle racing in winter and was a member of the Fitzroy Surf and Lifesaving club during summer. He had well above average ability in these sports. He worked on a dairy farm for a while after leaving school but that restricted his sporting activities, he then worked for the New Plymouth Timber Company prior to joining the R.N.Z.A.F.
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 3, New Zealand archives, Weekly News, New Zealand, Aircrew Remembered own archives.