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 Woolf (William) and Asneth nee Lewis. He had a younger sister Lorna. Woolf was born in Poland and Asneth was from Glasgow. They married in 1912 in Whitechapel and Woolf is listed as a tea and coffee merchant.

In 1939, John was training at No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School, RAF Desford. In early 1940, John was based at St Eval, Cornwall with 206 Sqn. On 15 October 1940, John took off in Hudson T9303 on a reconnaissance mission over the south west coast. The aircraft failed to return.