Sub-Lieutenant (A) ANTHONY 'Tony' HASTINGS BASSETT (photo added)

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Rank Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Forenames ANTHONY 'Tony' HASTINGS
Surname BASSETT (photo added)
Initials A H
Place of Birth READING, BERKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Tuesday, 06 June 1944
Age 21
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From READING, BERKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number unknown
Force Royal Navy
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 885 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location 2. O. 8.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF HENRY AND VIOLET MURIEL BASSETT, OF READING, BERKSHIRE.

Additional Information

 

 

ANTHONY 'Tony' HASTINGS BASSETT was born in Reading, Berkshire, England, Unuted Kingdom in 1923.1 His Mother, Violet Muriel Bassett (neé Fleming) was born in Omagh, Couynty Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. She moved to Reading after marrying Henry Bassett. They had four Children: Terry, ANTHONY, Brian and Patsy.2

 

Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY 'Tony' HASTINGS BASSETT was flying a Supermarine Seafire, from 885 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, flying out of His Majesty's Ship (HMS) Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, when he was killed on D-Day Tuesday the 6th June 1944, during Operation Overlord.

 

885, 808, 886 and 897 Squadrons of 3 Fighter Wing, Fleet Air Arm (with Supermarine Seafire L Mk III and Seafire Mk Vb aircraft), and 26 and 63 Squadrons, Royal Air Force, formed formed 34 Reconnaissance Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force.3

 

 

Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY 'Tony' HASTINGS BASSETT, undated.1

 

 

Propellor from Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY 'Tony' HASTINGS BASSETT's
Supermarine Spitfire used as a temporary grave marker.

 

 

A memorial plaque for Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY 'Tony' HASTINGS BASSETT

 

 

References
1. Photographs and additional information, unless otherwise credited, kindly provided by Tony Fleming, cousin of Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY HASTINGS BASSETT.
2. Elaine Kelly, cousin-in-law of Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY HASTINGS BASSETT.
3. Carl Shilleto from D-Day Museum Archive, and Peter Garrod, via Lee Flying Association.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph: Tony Fleming, cousin of Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY HASTINGS BASSETT.
Individual photograph: Tony Fleming, cousin of Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY HASTINGS BASSETT.
Additional photographs provided by: Tony Fleming, cousin of Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY HASTINGS BASSETT.
Additional information provided by: Tony Fleming, cousin of Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY HASTINGS BASSETT, Elaine Kelly, cousin-in-law of Sub-Lieutenant ANTHONY HASTINGS BASSETT. Carl Shilleto, D-Day Museum Archive, Peter Garrod and Lee Flying Association.

 

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