Kenneth John (Ken) HANSON


HANSON, Kenneth John

Service Number: 403585
Enlisted: 3 February 1941
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 21 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Springdale Road, Killara, New South Wales, Australia, 27 January 1918
Home Town: Killara, Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore), North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Clerk, Commonwealth Oil Refineries
Died: Killed in action, Celebes, Netherlands East Indies, 27 July 1945, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
Coll. grave 28. C. 1-8.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Feb 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 403585
27 Jul 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 403585, No. 21 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SE Asia 1941-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Ken Hanson was the aircraft captain of B24 Liberator A72-92 of 21 Squadron when it was shot down over the Celebes in what is nowadays Indonesia on 27 July 1945.

Three crew survived the crash but were captured and executed by the Japanese.