Pilot Officer Hartley Graham NORTON

Service No: 416512
Born: Tweedvale SA, 24 June 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1941
Unit: No. 44 Squadron (RAF), RAF Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 44 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ED433), Germany, 3 October 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel Gascoyne Norton and Sarah Anne Norton; husband of Joyce Eva Norton, of Glandore, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Lenswood SA
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Lancaster ED433 took off from RAF Dunholme Lodge at 1831 hours on the night of 3/4th October 1943 to bomb Kassel, Germany. The aircraft crashed in the Sohrewald, 10 kms south east of Kassel, and 6 of the crew members were killed with one became a PoW.

The crew members of ED433 were:

Sergeant Ernest Edwin Greenfield (144784) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Reginald Gray Martin (1361267) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Pilot Officer Hartley Graham Norton (416512) (Pilot and Aircraft Captain)
Sergeant Stuart Donald Stait (1576580) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant John Henry Stevens (1401047) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant F Thompson (1458817) (RAF) (Air Bomber) PoW
Sergeant William Arthur Whalley (1817321) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)


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, 166/30/30

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