Sergeant Harry James Crawford (973264) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He was the son of Harry Crawford and Jean M Crawford of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. He was the husband of Mary Crawford of Cenore, Saskatchewan, Canada.
He died on 21st October 1943 aged 22 years old. He was a Navigator on board Handley-Page Halifax EB239 MA-Y with RAF 161 Squadron. The crew was on a Special Operations Executive operation. They took off from RAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire at 0015hrs on 21st October 1943. At around 0300hrs, an anti-aircraft battery shot the Halifax down and it crashed near Valenciennes, France.
Remembering the crew of Halifax EB239
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Crawford||Harry James||Sergeant||Navigator||RAFVR 973264. Killed aged 22 years old.|
|Crouch||Walter||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAFVR 1433486. Killed aged 21 years old.|
|Feely||Desmond Robert||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAFVR 1571107. Killed.|
|Lewis||Trevor Washington||Flight Sergeant||Pilot||RAFVR 1481299. Killed.|
|Ramsden||John||Sergeant||Air Bomber||RAFVR 1059364. Killed aged 33 years old.|
|Young||Charles Edward||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||RAFVR 1537408. Killed aged 27 years old.|
|Young||Thomas Bertram||Sergeant||Flight Engineer||RAFVR 1581582. Killed aged 22 years old.|
Harry James Crawford’s grave is in Plot 4, Row A, Grave 4 of St. Roch Communal Cemetery, Valenciennes, France. His headstone bears the inscription:
He died that we might live.