Flight Sergeant Warren Hart  -  101 Squadron  
   

F/Sgt Warren Hart - RAAF

 

 Flight Sergeant Warren Hart was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Lancaster Mk.III LM472 coded SR-V2  during an operation to bomb the synthetic oil plant near Brux, in Western Czechoslovakia on January 16, 1945.

 The aircraft left Ludford Magna at 1748hrs and failed to return. Seven of the eight man crew were killed, including F/Sgt Warren Hart.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Frederick McGonigle

RAFVR

Pilot

Glasgow, Scotland

-

Sgt John McDowell

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

County Down, N. Ireland

23

F/Sgt John Knight - POW

RAAF

Navigator

-

-

F/Sgt Warren Hart

RAAF

Bomb Aimer

Mackay, Queensland

20

F/Sgt Laurence Collins

RAAF

W/Op/AG

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

20

Sgt Robert Beckett

RAFVR

Air Gunner

-

-

Sgt Daniel Conroy

RAFVR

Air Gunner

-

-

P/O Jack Armour

RCAF

Special Equipment Operator

Hamilton, Ontario

27

 Flight Sergeant Warren Rochester Lee Hart, RAAF, known as "Wirra", was born on 23rd of March 1924 and the son of Henry Rochester and  Irene Hart of Mackay, Queensland, Australia. He was the fourth of six children, 3 boys and 3 girls. He was single and worked as a Sugar Chemist before enlisting at Brisbane. He is remembered on the Mackay roll of honour.

 The seven crewmembers that were killed and taken to Geilsdorf for identification procedures and burial before being interred in the Geilsdorf Cemetery. On 20th December 1945 the bodies of the dead crew members were reinterred to rest in the Berlin War Cemetery. Flight Sergeant Knight, the only survivor, became a prisoner of war.

For additional information on the aircraft and crew see W/O Laurence Collins.

Photos and information courtesy of Ray Collins, research by Linda Ibrom