Family of dead World War Two pilot sought

An Irish man who hopes to create a memorial webpage in honour of a Sunderland flying boat’s tragic crew, has appealed for help in tracking down the relatives of a Skegness crew member.

Skegness RAF officer Denis Ralph Hatton died in Donegal during World War Two when his Coastal Command Sunderland flew into a hillside.

Now Dennis Burke is looking to honour the 12 men who perished in the crash by creating the internet memorial.

Speaking to the Standard, he said: “I wonder if your readers might be able to help me.

“I am trying to make contact with family or friends of a wartime Skegness RAF officer named Denis Ralph Hatton.

“He died on March 14, 1945 when his Coastal Command Sunderland flying boat crashed on a hill side in Donegal, Ireland.

“Denis was the first pilot on the aircraft and died along with his 11 crew members in the tragic crash.

“He was the son of Richard and Minnie Hatton and would have had a brother named Morris.

“Denis is buried now in Irvinestown Cemetery in Northern Ireland.

“I am planning to have a memorial page on my website with photos of Denis’s crew.

“And if anyone in Skegness haa such a photo or knew maybe a relative of Denis Hatton perhaps they could pass on my message to them,” he continued.

Anyone with information can contact Dennis Burke via email at

Alternatively, you can write to him at Dennis Burke, 63 Lorcan Road, Santry, Dublin, Ireland.