Service number before becoming an Officer R/93180.
Royal Canadian Air Force, 409 Squadron, Pilot.
Awarded the Pilot Badge on January 9, 1942.
Nickname in the 409 Sqdn: Ricky
His younger brother Sergeant (Air Gunner) Gordon Long R/89074 was killed whilst on duty on May 27, 1944. Halifax II DG219 with 1656 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) flown by 27 year old P/O. Joseph Hetherington 172423 RAFVR from Boxton, Berkshire, England. All 7 crew members lost their lives when the Halifax crashed at Broadway, Stainforth near Doncaster.
Mosquito XIII HK382:
During a test flight the aircraft control was lost. It dived down and crashed at Annoeullin, France somewhere around 1440 hrs.
BRENTON, Kenneth Stickney Flying Officer (Navigator) J/38742 was also killed during the crash.
Personal details have been collected from official Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some of the additional information has been provided by War Diaries, Libera Me (G.E. Spittael), Polder Fighting (R.W. Catsburg), Veterans Affairs Canada, WW2 Talk, Aircrew Remembered and other sources. The commonwealth-adegem.com website is not responsible for incorrect information.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!