Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Henry (always known as 'Harry')
Service Number
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Date of Death


Photographed by Malcolm Brooke


Harry Roxby with his sister Sadie. Sadie was very close to Harry and the family believed that she died of a broken heart following his death.

Harry was born in 1921 in Sedgefield, County Durham.

2/3 November, 1944; DÜSSELDORF:

Thursday 2 November saw Fulbeck in absolute chaos and pandemonium; the new squadron, 189 was arriving on base, and on top of that, Group was requesting a big effort for the night’s raid on Düsseldorf, plus AGLT training flights were scheduled.
Eventually 13 aircraft from the squadron were airborne shortly after 17.00hrs. A total of 961 Lancasters and Halifaxes, with the aid of 31 Mosquitoes set out on a cold night with heavy frost, to deliver a heavy attack on Düsseldorf. This would be the final major attack of the war on Düsseldorf. Bomber Command lost 19 aircraft, 11 Halifaxes and 8 Lancasters; one of the Lancasters came from 49 Squadron: F/O Peter Harford and crew, flying on only their 2nd operation, were all killed when V-Victor was brought down over Germany; they all now rest together in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

Lancaster PB385 (EA-V)
F/O P.E.G. Harford Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J.B. Mitchell F/E (Killed)
F/S S.C. Bennett NAV (Killed)
F/S W.O. Shaw RAAF W/OP (Killed)
Sgt H. Roxby A/G (Killed)
F/S A.M. Findlay A/B (Killed)
Sgt J.A. Rix A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 2nd operation


Although this was F/O Harford's 2nd operation, Sgt Roxby has previously flown 2 operations as a rear gunner with F/L Leslie Hay (Uncle Will).