Hal Ian Comer DENT

DENT, Hal Ian Comer

Service Number: 411428
Enlisted: 28 April 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 13 July 1921
Home Town: Rose Bay, Woollahra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Manager
Died: Flying Battle, Bay of Biscay, Atlantic Ocean, 21 January 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green, Runnymede Borough, Surrey, England Panel 187
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, 411428
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, 411428, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 411428
4 Sep 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 411428, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 13 July 1921 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Father Henry Isidore Corner Dent and Mother Ada Dent, lived at 52 Salisbury Road
Rose Bay, NSW

Described on enlisting as 19yrs 9mths of age; single; 6' tall; 160 lbs;
medium complexion; brown eyes; dark hair; Jewish

28/4/1941      enlisted into RAAF, in Sydney, NSW

8/8/1941        embarked from Sydeny, via Vancouver, Canada to UK
29/8/1941      disembarked into Vancouver, Canada

31/1/1942      awarded - "Air Observer's Badge"

4/3/1942        ranked Pilot Officer

1/4/1942        emplaned Canada
2/4/1942        disemplaned into UK

11/6/1942      appointed to No.461 Squadron

4/9/1942        ranked Flying Officer

16/10/1942     emplaned UK for Gibraltar
18/10/1942     deplaned UK from Gibraltar

1942              Pembroke Dock, Wales. Crew of aircraft "A for Apple" of No. 461
                     (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF based at an RAF Station.

Flying Officer in No. 461 Squadron

21/1/1943      killed in flying battle, over Bay of Biscay, Spain (Atlantic Ocean)

No known grave

His name is commemorated on Panel 187 of the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, Surrey, England.

His name is also commemorated on Panel 108 of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  7/7/2016.  Lest we forget.