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Crossley, E., Pt/Off., 1944
In Reichswald Forest War Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of 185784 Pilot Officer Ernest Crossley, serving with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who died 02/11/1945.

Simon Glancey has submitted the following:

Pilot Officer Crossley was the Flight Engineer aboard Avro Lancaster X KB782 NA-H of 428 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, which was lost on a mission to Dusseldorf. Of the seven crew, three were killed in the crash.
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1944; W.R. Chorley; 1997; Midland Counties Publications; ISBN 0 904597 91 1, page 471

The four survivors, including P/O Crossley, were captured and taken to Solingen. There they were attacked by members of the local population whilst under an armed escort, and the four P.o.W.s were murdered. Four men were tried for murder, but their fate is unknown.

Ernest Crossley is remembered in Aykley Heads on A41.02 , in Durham on D47.150 and at Hebburn on H93.15


The CWGC entry for Pilot Officer Crossley

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk