Richard Craigton (Dick) HART


HART, Richard Craigton

Service Number: 260719
Enlisted: 5 February 1940
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: Aircraft / Repair Depots
Born: Cowra, New South Wales, Australia, 31 October 1914
Home Town: Cowra, Cowra, New South Wales
Schooling: Scots College Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Aircraft accident, Mt Macedon, Victoria, Australia, 9 May 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 260719, Aircraft / Repair Depots
5 Feb 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 260719

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Henry and Lilian Hart of Cowra, NSW

Husband of Kathleen Lucie Male Hart of Barmedman, NSW


RAAF Avro Anson aircraft DG826 from Number 1 Aircraft Depot Laverton crashed at Black Forest, between Macedon and Woodend in Victoria - three crew were killed:

Flight Lieutenant Richard Craighton Hart 260719 (member appears in the book "Those Other Eagles" by Christopher Shores)

Sergeant Vincent Ambrose McCarthy 8940

Flight Lieutenant Warren Robert Brodrick 256823 (RAAF medical officer)

There was one survivor: Flight Sergeant Norman Eric Mutton 406575 (discharged from the RAAF in 1946)

It is believed that the crew lost their bearings in heavy fog and tall trees were grazed by a wing tip before the crash. The navigator was saved by being thrown from the plane and was taken to Woodend Bush Nursing Hospital with severe injuries.