LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Henry Kelso DRYDEN

Service No: 403566
Born: Ariah Park NSW, 17 January 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 February 1941
Unit: No. 6 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 6 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Hudson aircraft), England, 27 March 1942, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry Christian Dryden and Hannah Dryden, of Bellevue Hill, New South Wales, Australia. B.Ec. (Sydney)
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: University of Sydney World War II Roll of Honour, Camperdown NSW

On 27 March 1942, a Hudson aircraft crashed during take-off at Thornaby, Yorkshire, and Pilot Officer Dryden was killed and the other three crew members were uninjured.

The Hudson crew members were:

Pilot Officer Henry Kelso Dryden (403566) (Observer)
Pilot Officer George Hugh Lavery (400927) (Pilot) Uninjured, Discharged from the RAAF: 29 August 1945
Sergeant Knowles (1169989) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) Uninjured
Sergeant Slater (947973) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) Uninjured

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/28/82
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line