Flight Sergeant Edward Thomas HORNER

Service No: 409306
Born: Albert Park VIC, 10 May 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1941
Unit: No. 466 Squadron, RAF Station Leconfield, Yorkshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 466 Squadron Wellington aircraft HZ257), North Sea, 21 May 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry Edward and Nellie May Horner, of Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Camberwell VIC
Remembered: Panel 193, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 110, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Wellington HZ257 took off from RAF Leconfield at 2210 hours on the night of 21 May 1943 to carry out a gardening (mine laying) mission in the Nectarines area off the western tip of Schiermonnikoog Island, Netherlands. Five aircraft from the Squadron took part in the mission from which HZ257 failed to return.

The crew members of HZ257 were:

Flight Sergeant Terence Joseph Brassel (412892) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Edward Thomas Horner (409306) (Pilot)
Sergeant Arthur Frederick Lane (1386890) (RAFVR) (Bomb Aimer)
Flight Sergeant Oswald Percy Morton (409727) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Angus Donald Mackay Ross (24818) (Navigator)

The route for the mission was: Base – Hornsea – 53.50N 0530E – Target – 53.50N 06.20E – Flamborough – Base. All aircraft to land at Chivenor.


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, 166/18/96

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