BODDEN – Keith Desmond

Initials: K D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 23
Date of Death: 05/04/1946
Service No: 197812
Additional information: Son of Richard Raymond and Alma Evangeline Bodden, of Kingston, Jamaica.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. D. 31.

Spitfire FR.XIV – 1 ARU (Aircraft Repair Unit) serial MV316 – air test – low cloud – crashed near Moerbrugge, Belgium.


3 additions to “BODDEN – Keith Desmond”

  1. Rachelle Peel adds:

    Sonny was billeted with my grandparents at Heaton Park, Lancashire in 1942. I have just found a note book that they kept and which they asked the pilots to sign. My grandparents were Jim and Susan Ward. Sonny left a lovely note and he told my grandmother that she was “a very lucky person to have one of the finest husbands and daughters.” He goes on to say that his cannot write much more because his mind is in too much turmoil at completing his training. He says “I would like to tell you how grateful that my mother and father will be to you when I see them again.” He also left his family contact address: Mrs Raymond Bodden. As I grew up, my family spoke often of Sonny and I was so sad to read that he was killed in action. I do hope he got see his parents again before he died. If any of Sonny’s family would like me to send them an image of the note and the photo he left, I would be more than happy to forward them on.

  2. Billy Machado adds:

    Rachelle I could just hug you. Isn’t this fantastic and I’m just reading how Huntley’s son has found the family he was billeted with. Amazing !
    Please send me your stuff and I’ll send you a photo of my Uncle Sonny when he arrived in Trafalgar Square and also with his Typhoon plane.
    And this week I’ve received info from Chris Thomas the famous military aviation historian/ author about his service.
    I have a post for this site made up from months ago but for a sentimental old gent it takes some doing, but please watch this space
    Billy Machado

  3. DLee Albert adds:

    How long did Keith stay with your grandparents? Did he go to Saskatchewan Canada for any training? My DNA is linked to him and there is a possible chance he is my biological grandfather. My email is I look forward to hearing from you.

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