Hansell, Richard Neville (1922-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Richard Neville Hansell (1922-1944), born 16 January 1922, son of W.N. Hansell (Hong Kong & Shanghi Bank, Kobe, Japan), Woodrow, Bedale, Yorkshire.
Attended Nevill Holt preparatory school, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) January 1936-December 1939; 6th form; House Prefect.
WW2, Flying Officer (Pilot), 300 (Polish) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Distinguished Flying Cross for conspicuous leadership and determination on many operations and in particular a raid on Stuttgart, when he successfully outfought strong opposition.
Killed in action over Russelsheim, Germany on 26 August 1944, aged 22.
Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Coll. grave 18. A. 21-25 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2047396/hansell,-rich...
Sherborne town war memorial.
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Richard Neville Hansell (g, '36-'39). Richard Hansell came to Sherborne from Nevill Holt. He developed late. With all the makings, for instance, of a fine footballer he just missed success, in spite of abundant physical courage, because of a too modest diffidence in his own capacity. His triumph as an airman after months of disappointing inactivity is a great tribute to his character. He saw service in various theatres of war including North Africa and Sicily and he was for a time attached to a Polish squadron. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for conspicuous leadership and determination on many operations and in particular a raid on Stuttgart, when he successfully outfought strong opposition. From a subsequent raid he never returned. His short but triumphant career is an encouragement to all who find initial difficulties formidable.'
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