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Niven, Robert Henry DFC (Wing Commander)

Killed in Action 1942-May-30

Birth Date: 1914 (age 28)

Son of Andrew and Lillian Niven, of Calgary, Alberta; husband of Andrea Niven.

Husband of Andrea Niven.

Home: Calgary, Alberta

Decorations: DFC


Distinguished Service Cross
Service
RAF
Unit
59 Sqn- Squadron
Rank
Wing Commander
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
37627

59 Squadron (Ab Uno Disce Omnes). W/C RH Niven DFC (RAF)(Can) had flown Spitfire aircraft on photo reconnaissance operations during 1940 and 1941. He lost his life while on an anti-shipping mission in Hudson V aircraft AM 842, hit by ship's flak

W/C Niven DFC has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Please see Reilly, JJ for complete casualty list

Addendum: He was the Commanding Officer of 459 Squadron and was killed when his Hudson aircraft went missing during operations off the Dutch Coast, Three RAF members of the crew were also killed. Detail provided by J. Stevens, Ontario.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Wing Commander Robert Henry Niven has no known grave.

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Hudson AM842

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Lockheed Hudson
Source National Air Force Museum of Canada.

The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. The Hudson served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command, but also in transport and training roles, as well as delivering agents into occupied France. They were also used extensively with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) anti-submarine squadrons. National Air Force Museum of Canada.

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (247), RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. V(L.R.) AM842

#59 Squadron (Ab Uno Disce Omnes). W/C RH Niven DFC (RAF)(Can) had flown Spitfire aircraft on photo reconnaissance operations during 1940 and 1941. He lost his life while on an anti-shipping mission in Hudson V aircraft #AM 842, hit by ship's flak

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