Harry James Crawford

Sergeant Harry James Crawford 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 mission on 21st October 1943.

Sergeant Harry James Crawford (973264) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the son of Harry Crawford and Jean M. Crawford of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, and the husband of Mary Crawford of Cenore, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Harry died on 21st October 1943 aged 22 years old. He was a Navigator on board Handley Page Halifax EB239 MA-Y with R.A.F. 161 Squadron. The crew was on a Special Operations Executive mission. They took off from R.A.F. Tempsford, Bedfordshire, England 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 R.A.F.V.R. 973264. Killed aged 22 years old.
Crouch Walter Sergeant Air Gunner R.A.F.V.R. 1433486. Killed aged 21 years old.
Feely Desmond Robert Sergeant Air Gunner R.A.F.V.R. 1571107. Killed.
Lewis Trevor Washington Flight Sergeant Pilot R.A.F.V.R. 1481299. Killed.
Ramsden John Sergeant Air Bomber R.A.F.V.R. 1059364. Killed aged 33 years old.
Young Charles Edward Sergeant Wireless Operator / Air Gunner R.A.F.V.R. 1537408. Killed aged 27 years old.
Young Thomas Bertram Sergeant Flight Engineer R.A.F.V.R. 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.