Harris, A R

  • Name on memorial: Harris, A R
  • Memorial panel: Centre
  • Full name: Alan Raymond Harris
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service details: 1210390, 97 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • Age at death: 23
  • Date of death: 09/07/1943
  • Birth place: Banbury
  • Parents: Edward and Louisa Harris, of Banbury
  • Mother's maiden name: Smith
  • Parents' marriage details: Aston Dec-12
  • Wife: unknown
  • Wife's maiden name: unknown
  • Marriage details: unknown
  • Additional information:
    Alan Harris died when his Lancaster ED923-V was shot down by a night fighter during a raid on Cologne. The entire crew was killed.
    Lancaster III ED923 OF - V. Op Cologne. T/O 2316 Bourn. Shot down by a night fighter (Lt Friedrich Erlinghagen 5/NJG1) and crashed at Bassenge (Liege) on the Geer, 14km NNE of Liege. All were taken to St-Truiden for burial on 10 July, since when their remains have been brought to Heverlee War Cemetery. F/O Datta of Calcutta was an associate of the Royal College of Science.
    Pilot: F/O Robert Bertram Douglas Palmer, Flight Engineer: Sgt Charles Victor King, Navigator: F/O Ramesh Chandra Datta, Bomb Aimer: Sgt William Stephens, Wireless Operator: Sgt Alan Raymond Harris, Mid-Upper Gunner: Sgt Dennis Charles Herbert Holding, Rear gunner: Sgt Douglas Cameron.
    Source: 97Squadron.co.uk

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