Brendan Michael HESLIN


HESLIN, Brendan Michael

Service Numbers: NX170723, N436401, 440787
Enlisted: 8 September 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 21 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Newport, Victoria, 23 May 1924
Home Town: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Schooling: Christian Brothers High School, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Occupation: Unknown
Died: Killed In Action, Celebes, Netherlands East Indies, 27 July 1945, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wagga Wagga Cenotaph
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World War 2 Service

8 Sep 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN NX170723
8 Jun 1943: Enlisted Private, SN NX170723, Gan Gan, New South Wales
9 Jun 1943: Involvement SN N436401
25 Feb 1944: Discharged Private, SN NX170723, Lines of Communication Units
28 Feb 1944: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 440787, Brisbane, Queensland
27 Jul 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 440787, No. 21 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SE Asia 1941-45

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Brendan Nichael HESLIN was born in Newport, Victoria on 23rd May, 1924

His parents were Michael Anthony HESLIN & Susan Annie STAGEMAN


9 of the 12 crew members of Liberator (B-24L) A72-92 which crashed after being shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over the Celebes, East Indies, on 27 July 1945 were killed. Three survived the crash but were later captured by the Japanese and executed.