Richard Major

Richard Major of Ballynagarrick, Gilford, Co. Down died on 15th August 1943 when Halifax HR745 came under attack from the Luftwaffe over the Bay of Biscay.

Sergeant

Richard Major

1074283

Richard Major was a Sergeant with RAF 58 Squadron when Handley Page Halifax HR745 came under attack from 5 Luftwaffe fighters over the Bay of Biscay.

Sergeant Richard Major (1074283) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He was the son of Robert Major and Susanna Major of Ballynagarrick, Gilford, Co. Down.

Richard died on 15th August 1943 aged 28 years old. He was a member of the crew of Handley Page Halifax HR745 of RAF 58 Squadron. The Mark II plane took off from RAF Holmsley South, Hampshire on a Musketry II Patrol over the Bay of Biscay.

At 1548hrs, the crew came under attack from 5 Luftwaffe Junkers JU88 fighter planes. Oberleutnant Albrecht Bellstedt of 14/KG40 shot down the RAF plane.

Remembering the crew of Halifax HR745

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
BarronRichard John HenryFlight SergeantRAFVR 1383861. Killed in action.
DaviesLeonard AlfredFlight SergeantRAFVR 1376721. Killed in action.
DunbarIan StoddartPilot OfficerRAFVR 155027. Killed in action.
HillmanStanley EricSergeantRAFVR 1381703. Killed in action.
MacKenzieRonald Roy PatrickFlight SergeantRAFVR 1377246. Killed in action.
MajorRichardSergeantRAFVR 1074283. Killed in action.
ShawHarry JosephSergeantRAF 575561. Killed in action.
TrotterJohnFlight SergeantRAFVR 1087715. Killed in action.

Richard Major has no known grave. His name is on Panel 158 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. His name is also on the Gilford War Memorial, Gilford, Co. Down.