Harry James Crawford

Sergeant Harry James Crawford originally from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim died on 21st October 1943 when Halifax EB239 came down over Valenciennes, France.


Harry James Crawford


Sergeant Harry James Crawford was born in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim and served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was part of a Special Operations Executive operationon 21st October 1943.

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 NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
CrawfordHarry JamesSergeantNavigatorRAFVR 973264. Killed aged 22 years old.
CrouchWalterSergeantAir GunnerRAFVR 1433486. Killed aged 21 years old.
FeelyDesmond RobertSergeantAir GunnerRAFVR 1571107. Killed.
LewisTrevor WashingtonFlight SergeantPilotRAFVR 1481299. Killed.
RamsdenJohnSergeantAir BomberRAFVR 1059364. Killed aged 33 years old.
YoungCharles EdwardSergeantWireless Operator / Air GunnerRAFVR 1537408. Killed aged 27 years old.
YoungThomas BertramSergeantFlight EngineerRAFVR 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.