Flight Lieutenant Reginald Alfred HAST

Service No: 401506
Born: Sydney NSW, 16 October 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 February 1941 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 450 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 450 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft FX796), Ravenna, Italy, 17 December 1944, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Harold and Eunice Jessie Hast, of Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 17 December 1944, Kittyhawk FX796 flown by Flight Lieutenant Hast was one of six aircraft detailed to attack a railroad bridge at Lugo, in Ravenna, Italy. The aircraft dive-bombed the target from 7,000 feet to 1,500 feet. It was believed that FX796 was hit by anti-aircraft fire at 5,000 feet when the aircraft caught fire and then crashed. Flight Lieutenant Hast did not attempt to bale out or call on the radio.


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, 166/17/907


Winter, V.A. (Vincent Adams) (408547) Noble Six Hundred: the story of the Empire Air Training Scheme with special reference to Australians who trained in Southern Rhodesia, V.A. Winter Brighton VIC 3186, 1982

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