Alan James Pryde

Australian born Pilot Alan James Pryde died on board Liberator KG896 on 19th March 1945 in a Royal Air Force training accident in Northern Ireland.

Flying Officer

Alan James Pryde

436583

Flying Officer Alan James Pryde was the 2nd Pilot under instruction on Consolidated Liberator KG896 as it took off from RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim on 19th March 1945.

Flying Officer Alan James Pryde (436583) served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Harry Ewart Gladstone Pryde and Margaret Mary Pryde of Oatlands, Tasmania, Australia.

Pryde served as a pilot with RAF 1674 Heavy Conversion Unit. He had previously served with 5th Australian Infantry Battalion. He died on 19th March 1945 aged 23 years old on board Consolidated Liberator KG896. The plane took off from RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim on a low-altitude radar exercise on a moving target on Lough Neagh.

During the flight, the crew made several radio transmissions indicating everything was in order. At 0218hrs on 19th March 1945, the control tower at RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim picked up the final communication from KG896. Only 2 minutes later, the plane crashed into high ground 900 feet above sea-level at Tornagrough. The crash site was approximately 6 miles west of Belfast, Co. Antrim. All members of the crew died in the incident.

Remembering the crew of Liberator KG896

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
HolmesWilliam IvanFlying OfficerPilot (Pupil)RNZAF 416205. Killed.
PrydeAlan JamesFlying Officer2nd Pilot (Pupil)RAAF 436583. Killed.
SargentStanley Frederick BrightFlying OfficerNavigator (Pupil)RAFVR 165074. Killed.
AppleyardRichard HenryFlying OfficerNavigator (Pupil)RCAF J/42507. Killed.
HoneyCecil Andrew JamesFlying OfficerNavigatorRAFVR 174869. Killed.
CheyneWilliam DavidFlying OfficerWireless Operator (Pupil)RAFVR 157532. Killed.
McNeillyPatrickSergeantWireless Operator (Pupil)RAFVR 1522944. Killed.
HookRolinson Sidney PalliserSergeantWireless Operator / Air Gunner (Pupil)RAFVR 1603654. Killed.
BatesDennis ArchibaldSergeantWireless Operator / Air Gunner (Pupil)RAFVR 1868033. Killed.
EdgeRonald JamesSergeantFlight Engineer (Pupil)RAFVR 1895861. Killed.
AstonOliverSergeantAir Gunner (Pupil)RAFVR 1880856. Killed.

Alan James Pryde’s grave is in Section E, Grave 26 of Eglantine Church of Ireland, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. His headstone bears the inscription:

To live in hearts of those who love is not to die.

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