Alan Irvine CRAIN


CRAIN, Alan Irvine

Service Number: 415308
Enlisted: 14 September 1941, Perth, WA
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 77 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Perth, WA, 27 March 1923
Home Town: Geraldton, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Netherlands, 17 June 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Uden War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 415308

World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 415308, No. 77 Squadron (RAAF), Perth, WA

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Alan Irvine Crain was born 27 March 1923 to Wallace and Eileen Crain in Perth, Western Australia. He enlisted in his home town of Perth. (RAAF records notdigitized) He was flying Halifax MZ 715 on the night of 16/17 June 1944 when returning from a raid over Sterkrade in Germany. The plane exploded in the air, Warrant Officer Owen was thrown clear and captured to remain a POW until wars end. All other members of the crew were killed.

CREW:RAAFPilot Officer A I Crain-Pilot RAFSergeant V Gledhill-Flight Engineer RAF Flying Officer T R Davies-Navigator RAAF Warrant Officer A A Braid-Air Bomber RAF Warrant Officer A J Owen-Wireless Air Gunner RAAF Flight Sergeant P E T Tiernan-Mid Upper Gunner RAAF Flight Sergeant A J Burns.-Rear Gunner Pilot Officer Crain is buried in the Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands 5-C-6. Alan is remembered with honour at the Australian War Memorial and on the Nedlands War Memorial, Western Australia