OATES, HAROLD ALFRED

Birthplace
United Kingdom
Age
19
Parents
Son of Henry William and Ethel Amelia Oates of Risinghurst, Oxford, United Kingdom
Service number
1315757
Date of death
1942-07-30
Died
Killed in action, Belgium
Force
RAF Air Gunner
Plot 1 | Row AA | Grave 6

"IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR SON. TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE"

Military grave
Additional info

In the early morning of 30 July 1942 the inhabitants of the Belgian villages of Olmen and Balen were woken by a fierce air battle over the town. A German night fighter targeted a Wellington bomber of No.142 Squadron returning from a raid on Saarbrucken. The fight was finally resolved in a victory for German fighter ace Oberleutnant Eckart-Wilhelm von Bonin. The bomber crashed in a meadow near Olmen and immediately caught fire. All six crew members were killed in the crash.

source: go2war2.nl