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The Airmen's Stories - F/O D H W Hanson


David Harry Wellsted Hanson was born on 25th January 1918, the son of Colonel Harry Ernest Hanson DSO TD (1874-1934) and Ivy Alice Hanson (nee Webster 1883-1960).

Major Hanson was posted to France in April 1915 in command of the 2nd East Riding Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

For his service at the Second Battle of Ypres he was awarded a DSO.

He went on to command the 253rd Brigade RFA with further postings earning him five 'Mentions in Dispatches' by July 1919.

A keen rider in retirement, he was killed on 11th July 1934 when he fell from his horse.


Above image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.



DHW Hanson was educated at Winchester College.


Hanson entered the RAF College Cranwell in September 1936 as a flight cadet. He graduated in December 1938.

Hanson was posted to 17 Squadron at Debden from 29 Squadron on 23rd May 1940.


Above: at Debden

On cowling L to R: F/O DHW Hanson, F/Lt. WJ Harper, F/O GR Bennette

On wing L to R: P/O LW Stevens, P/O GE Pittman, Sgt. G Griffiths

Over Dunkirk on 26th May he damaged a Do17, on the 29th he was slightly wounded in the right leg, on 3rd June he damaged a Ju87 and on the 14th probably destroyed a Me109. Hanson claimed a share in destroying a Do17 on 12th July.

After destroying a Do17 on 3rd September Hanson was himself shot down. He baled out at 100 feet and was killed. His Hurricane, P3539, crashed at Brickhouse Farm, Foulness.

He is buried in All Saints' churchyard, Mappleton, Yorkshire.







(Below) there is a memorial plaque in the church.




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