Sefton Protecting Our Shores

Flight Sergeant Robert Hanson

Written and researched by David Bohl, with the kind help of  World War 2 historians world wide.


Commonwealth War Grave Commission


Born in West Derby 1920, Robert was the son of Robert and Mary (nee Hart) Hanson. He joined Sefton probably after leaving school just before World War 2.

There are newspaper records of him playing second team rugby under captains J.C.Parkinson and H.B.King.

With the outbreak of World War Two, Robert joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve and became a wireless operator and gunner on Avro Anson aircraft.


On a navigation exercise on 23rd April 1941 his aircraft was 20 miles off course and hit a barrage balloon near Coventry.

Sadly all but one of the crew perished, for more details see Aircrew Lost

[Liverpool Echo 1st May 1941]

 He is commemorated at Anfield Cemetery (Sec. 21. C. of E. Grave 878)

   Flight Sergeant ROBERT  HANSON


My thanks to Ian Byers in his communication stating that Robert Hanson was his mother-in-laws's brother.
He played for Sefton before WW2 and was an RAF 
wireless operator/rear gunner killed on active service 

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