LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Frederick Thomas HODGE

Service No: 413865
Born: Waverley NSW, 9 October 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 September 1941
Unit: No. 172 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Chivenor
Died: Air Operations: (No. 172 Squadron Wellington aircraft NB802), Bay of Biscay area, 24 May 1944, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Fred Sargent Hodge and Edith Muriel Hodge, of Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 257, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Waverley Soldier’s Memorial 1914 – 1918, Bondi NSW

At 2226 hours on 23 May 1944 Wellington NB802 took off from Chivenor to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. In 1949 it was recorded that the crew members were missing lost at sea.

The crew members of NB802 were:

Flight Sergeant John Wilfred Barber (1331186) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Eric Henley (1600806) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Flying Officer Frederick Thomas Hodge (413865) (Navigator)
Sergeant Arthur Lunt (1489551) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Flight Sergeant Frank Powls (1452097) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant Edward Jalland Stone (1576159) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)

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, 166/18/360
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line