Flight Lieutenant Richard Craigton HART

Service No: 260719
Born: Cowra NSW, 31 October 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 February 1940
Unit: No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Station Laverton VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Aircraft Deport Anson aircraft DG826), Mount Macedon VIC, 9 May 1943, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Springvale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry and Lilian Hart, of Cowra, New South Wales; husband of Kathleen Lucie Male Hart, of Barmedman New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Cowra NSW
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cowra World War II and Korea Roll of Remembrance, Cowra NSW
Remembered: Harden Murrumburrah War Memorial Roll, Harden NSW

Flying Lieutenant Hart previously served with No. 3 Squadron and his combat claims are on 22 January 1942 an MC 200 aircraft and 15 March 1942 an MC 202 aircraft.

At 0730 hours on 9 May 1943, Avro Anson DG826 flew into hills at Black Forest, 3 kms west of Mount Macedon and three of the four on board were killed. Those on board were:

Flight Lieutenant Warren Robert Brodrick (256823) (Medical Branch (Doctor)) (Passenger)
Flight Lieutenant Richard Craigton Hart (260719) (Pilot)
Sergeant Vincent Ambrose McCarthy (8940) (Fitter IIE) (Passenger)
Flight Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant) Norman Eric Mutton (406576) (Observer) Seriously injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 20 March 1946


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 63
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992
Brown, R. (Russell) Desert Warriors Australian P-40 Pilots at War in the Middle East and North Africa 1941-1943, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4652, 2000

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