Charles Loxley Harris

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Sergeant Charles Loxley Harris died on 15th May 1943 when Bristol Beaufort EL131 crashed at Castledawson, Co. Londonderry.

Flight Sergeant

Charles Loxley Harris

411702

Flight Sergeant Charles Loxley Harris of the Royal Australian Air Force was one of 4 ANZAC airmen killed when Bristol Beaufort EL131 crashed at Castledawson, Co. Londonderry.

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 NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
GibsonDonald MurrayFlight SergeantPilotRAAF 413982. Killed.
HarrisCharles LoxleyFlight SergeantNavigator / Bomb AimerRAAF 411702. Killed.
DeveryKeith ThomasSergeantWireless Operator / Air GunnerRNZAF 416683. Killed.
DavisArthur ReginaldSergeantWireless Operator / Air GunnerRNZAF 414730. Killed.
O'BrienDennis HenryAircraftman 2nd ClassWireless OperatorRAFVR 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.

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