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Flying Officer Hugh Terence Etienne was a St. Lucian airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born the son of Auguste and Rosetta Etienne, of Castries, and was a civil servant before the war.[1] Etienne was commissioned on 1 September 1942,[2] and at the time of his death was serving as a flight engineer with 214 Squadron.[3]

Aged 21, Etienne died on 5 March 1943, when his Short Stirling (serial BK662) was hit by flak and crashed off the coast of IJmuiden, in the Netherlands. There were no survivors from the bomber, which had been engaged on an operation against the German city of Essen.[4]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Runnymede Memorial.

NotesEdit

  1. Hugh Terrence S. Etienne, caribbeanaircrew-ww2.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  2. The London Gazette (35731), p. 4346. 6 October 1942, thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  3. Phillips, J. Alwyn (1992), The valley of the shadow of death: an account of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command night bombing and minelaying operations including "The Battle of the Ruhr" March 5th/6th to July 18th/19, 1943, p. 54.
  4. Chorley, W.R. (1996), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1943, p. 67.

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