John Lionel De Keyser

Pilot Officer, 206 Squadron
Service number 79166
Died 15 Oct 1940
Commemorated at Runnymede Memorial
Age 25


John was born 8 April 1915 in West Ham to Polish born Woolf (William) and Scottish Asneth nee Lewis and he had a younger sister Lorna. Their parents married in 1912 in Whitechapel and Woolf was listed as a tea and coffee merchant. Woolf died in 1944 and after the war Asneth moved to South Africa. John’s AJEX card states that he was a former member of the Stepney Jewish Boy’s Club.

In 1939, John was training at No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School, RAF Desford and transferred in early 1940 to RAF St Eval, Cornwall with 206 Sqn. On 15 October 1940, Hudson T9303 departed on a reconnaissance mission over the south west coast. The aircraft failed to return. Despite a full search the aircraft was never found. All four crew are commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.

William Kent, 518350
James Steel, 644325
Derek Edmund Teden, 90486
John Lionel De Keyser, 79166