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459 RAAF Hudson Squadron


Hector Ford - Wireless Air Gunner


Hector Ford joined in November 1939 (ie pre-EATS)

as Ground Staff with Service No. of 5184,

which carried over when he re-mustered to air crew. 

Then he rejoined RAAF post-war, with the new no. 039399,

so he appears on the WW2 Nominal Roll as

Service Number:  039399 (5184).

Passed away 20/11/2013



The Crew:


Colin Daking  - Pilot

Charlie Harrison - Nav B

Hector Ford -  WAG

Sydney Hodkin - (RAF) WAG


Harrison, Daking & Ford waiting for a train at El Alamein en route to 459 - 1.8.43 - note the pile of kit.


Daking crew -- L-R, Charlie Harrison - Nav B, Colin Daking - Pilot, Hector Ford - WAG, Sydney Hodkin [RAF] WAG

at OTU before joining 459


459 Ventura FP544 crash, El Adem, 24.1.44

(F. Sgt Daking and crew uninjured)


3 ground staff members No. 3 sqdn RAAF - October 1942


L - R Peter Wallace, George Treeby, "Jock" RAF crew  member



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Hector has provided 2 great 459 photos which can be seen on the Multimedia page and excellent Hudson photos on the 459 History page.


Ex 459 Squadrons en route to Laurie Molls Holiday Home, Halls Gap Reunion. 1993.

left front to back --- Lawrie Moll, Hec Ford, Peter Staughton, Bob McDonald,George Treeby.

right front to back --- Roy Fagg, Barnard Campbell, Bill Roehright, Dave Barnard.


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Hector FORD