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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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438 Squadron Crest
01.01.1945 No. 438 Squadron Typhoon Ib PD503 F3-R F/O. Ross W. Keller

Operation: Armed Recce.

Date: 01st January 1945 (Monday)

Unit: No. 438 squadron

Type: Hawker Typhoon Mk1B

Serial: PD503

Code: F3-R

Base: Eindhoven, Holland (B78)

Location: Eindhoven aerodrome

Pilot: F/O. Ross Whaley Keller J/37649 RCAF Age 22. Killed


Strafed and killed during take-off from Eindhoven aerodrome (JG3 Fw 190s)

Burial details:

F/O. Ross Whaley Keller. Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial Gelderland, Netherlands Plot: XV.D.5. Further information: Born 18th February, 1922, Egremont Township, Ontario, Canada. Educated at Egremont and Normanby Public School and Durham High School. Entered the service of the Bank 1st March, 1940, Served at Durham, Ontario. Enlisted 5th August, 1942, from that branch in RCAF Pilot Officer 29th October, 1943; Flying Officer 29th April, 1944.Trained at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Lachine, Mont Joli, Victoriaville, Cap-dc-la-Madeleine and St, Hubert, Que, graduating with honours from the last-named school, Served at Bagotville, Que. Overseas in May, 1944. Served in British Isles and Holland, going to Holland 26th October, 1944. Killed on active service 1st January, 1945. From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.

Researched Michel Beckers June 2016 for Aircrew Remembered. With thanks to Wouter van Dijken for 2016 grave photo - others courtesy Michel Beckers collection.

MB 29.06.2016

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