JORDAN Aidan 429663

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Aidan JORDAN

Service No: 429663
Born: Washington, England, 5 September 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 October 1942 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 77 Squadron (RAF), RAF Full Sutton, Yorkshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 77 Squadron Halifax aircraft MZ701), Yorkshire, 8 June 1944, Aged 18 Years
Buried: Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Gerard and Annie Hilda Jordan, of Victoria Park, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Boulder WA
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Halifax MZ701 took off from RAF Full Sutton at 0207 hours on the night of 8th June 1944 detailed to carry out a night flying training exercise. Almost immediately MZ 701 crashed due to engine failure and loss of control. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of MZ701 were:

Sergeant Edward Ferguson Chapman (1346174) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Harry Fox (1517617) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Kevin Francis Galvin (418382) (Wireless Operator Air)
Sergeant David John Hutchison (1560875) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Pilot Officer Gordon Leslie Hyde (422187) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Aidan Jordan (429663) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Duncan Krone (432211) (Mid Upper Gunner)

W R Chorley records that at 18, Flight Sergeant Jordan is one of the youngest Australians to be killed on Bomber Command duties.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Chorley, W R Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War – Volume 5 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1944, Midland Counties Publications, 1997
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, 166/21/156