Henry Gordon Coombe

Warrant Officer Henry Gordon Coombe died on 24th June 1944 when Liberator FL977 came down in bad weather on Binevenagh Mountain approaching RAF Ballykelly.

Warrant Officer Henry Gordon Coombe (421266) served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Henry Thomas Coombe and Eliza May Coombe, and husband of Grace Coombe of Wellington, New Zealand.

Henry died on 24th June 1944 aged 32 years old. He was a Wireless Operator attached to RAF 59 Squadron on board Consolidated Liberator FL977 H-59. The plane was carrying out a radio-controlled approach to RAF Ballykelly, Co. Londonderry.

The crew had received orders to return to the airfield and last radio contact was at 0416hrs on 24th June 1944. In bad weather, the bomber crashed into the slopes of Binevenagh Mountain on their third approach. There were no survivors.

Remembering the crew of Liberator FL977

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
JenkinsIvor BramwellFlying OfficerPilotRAFVR 169575.
LoganFrancis GeorgeWarrant Officer Class I2nd PilotRCAF R/101611.
RevellReginald Richard JamesWarrant OfficerNavigatorRAF 564007.
WilsonWilliam HarveySergeantFlight EngineerRAFVR 1069103.
LewisHarry GwynneSergeantWireless Operator / MechanicRAF 550742.
GerringGeorge WilliamPilot OfficerWireless Operator / Air GunnerRCAF 90925.
WallaceWilfred ClarkWarrant Officer Class IWireless Operator / Air GunnerRCAF R/134952.
CoombeHenry GordonWarrant OfficerWireless OperatorRNZAF 421266.

Henry Gordon Coombe’s grave is in Section W, Grave 5 of Finlagan Church of Ireland, Tamlaght, Co. Fermanagh.