George Irvine Hanson

George Irvine Hanson

Falkirk, Scotland
Death 21 Jan 1942 (aged 20)
Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot Grave Reference:R.A.F. Plot. Grave 2.
Memorial ID 7866687 View Source
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Hanson was born on February 15th, 1921 in Falkirk, Scotland to George and Helen Hanson residing in High Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire, Scotland. He was a cadet in the No. 1 British Flying Training School while serving as Leading Aircraftman for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Hanson's service number was 1345200. On January 21st while flying with American flight instructor Troy O. Somerville, their PT-18 plane began to develop low-altitude engine failure. While efforts were made to save themselves, both lost their lives when their plane crashed three miles north of Kaufman, Texas. He was only twenty years old. Every year on Remembrance Day a service is held at the memorial to honor Hanson and his fellow the fallen cadets and instructors.

Casualty of WWII, George was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; Service No:1345200.He was the son of George and Helen Hanson, of High Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. Scotland.
He died while training in Texas at the Basic Flying Training School (1 BFTS) aged 20.


1345200 R.A.F. 'He had a nature you couldn't help loving and a heart that was purer than gold.'