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David Harry Wellsted Hanson was born on 25th January 1918 and was educated at Winchester College. He 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. 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.