WING COMMANDER KEITH W. KAUFMANN, DFC
460 SQUADRON RAAF

 

Wing Commander Keith W. Kaufmann took over command of 460 Squadron RAAF from Wing Commander A.L.G. Hubbard on 1 September 1942. On his first day with the Squadron, Kaufmann walked into the sergeant's mess, took off his tunic and said "I believe you blokes are pretty good drinkers; let's get stuck into it and see how good you are." He became a very popular commanding officer, mixing with all ranks. He righted many an anomaly or delay associated with promotions for air crew and ground crew alike.

He came from Victoria and served with the RAF.  Squadron Leader J. Dilworth took over command from Kaufmann on 14 December 1942 after Kaufmann had been ordered to hospital.

 


 

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Major Henry Kaufmann

The Sun News-Pictorial
2 Dec 1944

SOLDIER DIES BUT SONS FIGHT ON

More than 40 years' continuous service with the Army ... celebration of his seventeenth birthday on the Boer War battlefields ... commission and promotion to captain during the last war when he serve din France and Belgium ... barracks duty from 1918 until the beginning of this war ... promotion to major in 1940 ... all six sons in the fighting forces ... That briefly is the life story of Major Henry Kaufmann, 60, who died yesterday at Heidelberg Hospital. Pictured on the right are his six sons.

 

 

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Lieut. George          W.O. Arthur
Kaufmann, 30       Kaufmann, 31
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  Sq/Ldr Keith            Sig. Norman
Kaufmann, 29        Kaufmann, 25
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  Pte Ronald              F/Sgt Alan
Kaufmann, 23        Kaufmann, 20

 


 

K01 Kaufmann K W - 1942      (Wellington A/C)                          1 Op
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(B) Rickett S J
(N) Mc Cullagh S M
(W) Mitchell W M
(G) Petersen J H
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