Flight Sergeant Charles Loxley Harris (411702) served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Charles Loxley Harris and Lilian Florence Barbara Harris and husband of Alice Jean Harris of Birdwood, New South Wales, Australia.
Flight Sergeant Harris died on 15th May 1943 aged 22 years old. At the time, he served with RAF No. 5 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit. He was the Navigator on board Bristol Beaufort EL131. After taking off from RAF Long Kesh, Co. Antrim, the plane came down at 0920hrs around 1 mile north of Shields’ Corner, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry killing all 5 of the crew.
Remembering the crew of Beaufort EL131
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Gibson||Donald Murray||Flight Sergeant||Pilot||RAAF 413982. Killed.|
|Harris||Charles Loxley||Flight Sergeant||Navigator / Bomb Aimer||RAAF 411702. Killed.|
|Devery||Keith Thomas||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||RNZAF 416683. Killed.|
|Davis||Arthur Reginald||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||RNZAF 414730. Killed.|
|O'Brien||Dennis Henry||Aircraftman 2nd Class||Wireless Operator||RAFVR 1800327. Killed.|
Charles Loxley Harris’ grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section AS, Grave 20 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. His headstone bears the inscription:
Sadly missed, ever remembered for his noble deeds.