Denis Dermot Kane

Corporal Denis Dermot Kane has no known grave. His name features on a family plot in Belfast City Cemetery and on the Runnymede Memorial to the missing.


Denis Dermot Kane


Corporal Dermot Denis Kane from Belfast, Co. Antrim died off the Norwegian Coast when his Saro London flying boat disappeared on a reconnaissance flight on 3rd November 1939.

Corporal Denis Dermot Kane (543862) served with the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He flew with RAF 240 Squadron on missions over the North Sea in the early months of the war.

RAF 240 Squadron was a flying boat squadron that reformed at RAF Calshot, Southampton, Hampshire on 30th March 1937. Between 12th August 1939 and 4th November 1939, the squadron operated from RAF Invergordon, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland.

In 1939, when Denis Dermot Kane flew in the squadron on North Sea patrols, they operated Saro London Mk II flying boats. Denis was a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.

Denis Dermot Kane

The Kane family plot in Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim commemorates Corporal Denis Dermot Kane who died on 3rd November 1939. Photo taken on tour of Belfast City Cemetery with Peter McCabe in Spring 2017.

Denis was the son of Captain Richard Rutledge Kane MC. The Captain was the 4th Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Protectorate from 1921 to 1929. His mother was Ethel Emma Kane (née Thurston).

His name features on his grandfather Reverend Dr. Richard Rutledge Kane’s headstone alongside that of Bryan Desmond Uprichard Kane. The headstone, dedicated by the Orangemen of Belfast describes Richard Rutledge Kane as a “faithful pastor, gifted orator, and loyal Irish patriot”. He had been County Grand Master of Belfast for 13 years.

Denis died on 3rd November 1939. He was on board Saro London K9686 BN-K when the Mark II flying boat failed to return from a reconnaissance flight off the Norwegian coast.

Also on board were Aircraftman 1st Class C Wilson, Leading Aircraftman AJ Saffin, Acting Flight Lieutenant JMH Sinclair, Pilot Sergeant TE Page, and Aircraftman 1st Class JC Lewis.

Denis Dermot Kane has no known grave. His name is on Panel 2 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. A memorial to Corporal Kane can also be found on the Kane family headstone in Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.