LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Jack Coulson HANNAFORD

Service No: 402536
Born: Narrabri NSW, 11 September 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 September 1940
Unit: No. 236 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Wattisham
Died: Air Operations: (No. 236 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft T4878), North Sea, 15 March 1942, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry William Coulson Hannaford and Ruby Constance Hannaford, of Coogee, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Randwick NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1500 hours on 15 March 1942 Beaufighter T4878 took off from Wattisham on an operational shadow patrol over the North Sea off the Dutch Coast. The aircraft failed to return from this mission. Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of T4878 were:

Sergeant Jack Coulson Hannaford (402536) (Pilot)
Sergeant Frederick Arthur Robinson (1304032) (RAFVR) (Navigator /Wireless)

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, 163/120/404