Pilot Officer Joseph Keith Darcy Sterling was a New Zealand airman of the Royal New Zealand Air Force who died during the Second World War while attached to a squadron of the Royal Air Force.

He was born the youngest son Joseph and Jeannie Lamberton Sterling, of Matakohe, Auckland. Sterling received his education at Matakohe Primary School, King's College, and Auckland Grammar School.[1]

Aged 23, Sterling, serving as a second pilot in 115 Squadron, died on 1 January 1944, when his Avro Lancaster (NG332) crashed at Namur after being struck by an American anti-aircraft fire, killing its eight crew. The aircraft had been returning from an operation targeting the railway yards at Vohwinkel, Germany.[2]

He is buried in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery.


  1. "Pilot-Officer J. D. K. Sterling (23)". Auckland Star, 1 March 1945.
  2. Storr, Alan (2006), RAAF Personnel Serving on Attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units in World War 2 and Missing with No Known Grave, p. 286, Retrieved 9 August 2013.


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