HESFORD Brian 427118

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Brian HESFORD

Service No: 427118
Born: Leederville WA, 11 March 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 May 1942
Unit: No. 57 Squadron (RAF), RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 57 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM624), Germany, 6 November 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Richard and Clarice Marie Hesford, of Boulder, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Boulder WA
Remembered: Panel 260, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster LM624 of 57 Squadron took off from RAF Station East Kirkby, at 1631 hours on the night of 6/7th November 1944 to cut the junction of the Dortmund-Ems and Mitterland Kanal systems near Gravenhorst, Germany. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft after take off and the aircraft did not return to base. All the crew have no known grave and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey, UK.

The seven crew members of LM624 were:

Sergeant Alfred Kenneth Beach (907053) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Bruce Harold Brown (429645) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Joseph Arthur Gordon Cooper (26756) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Lloyd Draysey (417817) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Brian Hesford (Air Bomber) (427118)
Sergeant Gerald Saville (1593727) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Frederick John Sloane (3005474) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/17/820