Robert Hendry HOOKER


HOOKER, Robert Hendry

Service Numbers: 434577, V200438
Enlisted: 29 November 1941
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 1 Service Flying Training School
Born: Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 24 June 1923
Home Town: East Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Ballan, Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 3 February 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 434577
29 Nov 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN V200438
29 Jan 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 1 Service Flying Training School
29 Jan 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 434577

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Allan Seymoure Hooker and Sylvia Maud Hooker of East Melbourne, Victoria


RAAF Oxford training aircraft X6805 of Number 1 Service Flying Training School crashed south of Ballan, Victoria killing all of the crew:

Sergeant Robert James Harvey 430169

Sergeant Leslie Raymond Haddon 437342

Sergeant Robert Hendry Hooker 434577

Biography contributed by Jenny Gathard

Robert (known as Bob), funny, adventurous lad, loved to play the piano and sing with his friends. He joined the army but when the authorities found out he was under age made to resign. As soon as he was of age he joined the Australian Airforce and received his wings 14/12/1943. Bob was due to go to England with his Squadron the second week of February 1944 but sadly died in a night time flying exercise in Victoria 03/02/1944. The plane crashed and the three crew died.

Bob's family were notified of the crash and death but were not allowed to know where and what circumstances due to the war. His mother, father and sister were devastated.