LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Hugh James Alexander McLEAN

Service No: 13071
Born: Castlemaine VIC, 19 June 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 February 1941
Unit: No. 58 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Stornoway
Died: Air Operations: (No. 58 Squadron Halifax aircraft HX224), North Sea, 26 February 1945, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Copenhagen (Bispebjerg) Cemetery, Denmark
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Robert and Jeannie Alexina McLean, of Canterbury, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Footscray VIC
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1625 hours on 25 February 1945 Halifax HX224 took off from Stornoway to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in the Skaggerak. The aircraft and crew did not return to base from this mission.

The crew members of HX224 were:

Pilot Officer Herbert John Arnold (J/95212) (RCAF) (Navigator/Bomb Aimer)
Flight Sergeant Ronald William Brett (1398327) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Duncan (1061191) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Squadron Leader Ronald George Renwick Frazer (41393) (RAF) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Harold Richard Hammerton (J/95279) (RCAF) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer II Gordon William Lee (R/179422) (RCAF) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Edward Lomas (1801342) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer Hugh James Alexander McLean (13071) (Wireless Operator/Air 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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/26/818