HICKS Kenneth Marshall 406027

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Kenneth Marshall HICKS

Service No: 406027
Born: Perth WA, 21 August 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 May 1940
Unit: No. 242 Squadron (RAF), RAF Manston, Kent
Died: Air Operations (No. 242 Squadron Hurricane aircraft Z3845), France, 17 August 1941, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Albert and Amelia Jessie Hicks, of Perth, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 62, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Hurricane Z3845 of No. 242 Squadron took off on 17 August 1941 to escort bomber aircraft in an attack on enemy shipping. Enemy aircraft were encountered, and in the ensuing combat Z 3845 was shot down into the sea near Le Touquet, France. No trace of Flying Officer Hicks was found and he was recorded as missing lost at sea.

In an earlier report on a Squadron engagement with approximately 12 enemy aircraft (Me 109s) on 4 July 1941, Flying Officer Hicks in his combat report claimed to have shot down 1 enemy aircraft and damaged another.

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