Sefton Protecting The Convoys

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,-robert-charles/


Born in West Derby 1920 Robert Hanson 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.

 RAF Coastal Command 1941 - Aircraft listed as 'Missing'


1 Pilot Officer D.White Pilot killed
2 Sergeant R.C.Hanson killed
754929 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 44.
3 Sergeant W.G.Busby killed
751354 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 40.
4 Sergeant H.E.Hollis killed
912623 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 55.

RAF Coastal Command Losses, Vol 1 by Ross McNeill, shows two 82 Sqn losses for the 23rd April 1941 but the details available suggest that both were lost over the sea. The full crew were :-

F/Lt R E Tallis DFC, pilot
Sgt D G Shayler
Sgt F E Davis

The a/c was Blenheim IV, V6451 and was on an anti-shipping search and strike from Lossiemouth.The other a/c was Blenheim IV, V6256, UX-W, which is reported as lost without trace also on an anti-shipping operation. The crew were:-
P/O D White pilot
Sgt R C Hanson
Sgt W G Busby
Cpl H E Hollis
They have no known grave.



42 Sqn also had aircraft airborne on an operation simply described as a "Strike" which might have aimed at ground targets, there are no losses reported other than a Beaufort that suffered Engine failure and ditched close to land with all the crew surviving.

[Liverpool Echo 1st May 1941]

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



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 pilot killed on active service (records indicate he was a wireless operator/rear gunner)


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