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Hatch, Alan Edgar (Engels)

  • Born 13-01-1921 in LeRoy, Saskatchewan.
  • Deceased 13-05-1943 in Hasselo – 22 years.
  • Parents Harold Lorne and Katie Elizabeth Hatch nee Redfern from Langley Prairie, British Columbia, Canada.

428e  Squadron – Royal Canadian Air ForceFlight Sergeant (pilot) –  Service nr. R/120614

Alan grew up in Perdue, Saskatchewan in a family with five sons. He worked as a ‘service man and store keeper’ in the company of his brother. His dad was a steam engineer. When he joined the army he changed his name in Allan

In August 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he completed his basic training. In November 1942 he left to go tot he RAF base Dalcross in Scotland. He received his flyinglicense here. In February 1943 he was stationed with the 22e operational Training Unit in Wellesbourne. This is where he survived a crash caused by a malfunction in the steeringsystem. Since March he was part of the 428e squadron in Dalton.

Buried: R.K. Begraafplaats in Deurningen.

Remembered at the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, Alberta.

Awarded with the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp, the War Medal, the 1939-1945 Star and the Europe Star. 

Text on grave: ‘Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast sweetly his soul shall rest.’