Images and information courtesy of Mr Robin Durrell.
Born: 1919, Essex.
Died: 29th March 1944; age: 24; killed in aircraft crash off of the coast of Juist Island.
Residence: Chantry House, 59, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Brother to DENIS JOHN PLATTEN.
Rank: Flying Officer; Service Number: 170410.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 236 Squadron.
Aircraft: Beaufighter Mk. x
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Henry & Nellie Elizabeth Platten, of Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Father: John Henry Platten, born March 1865, Loughton, Essex. A Railway Auditor.
Mother: Nellie Elizabeth Platten (nee Rogers), born August 1890, Leyton, Essex.
Henry was educated at Ipswich School.
Probate to John Henry Platten – father, a retired railway auditor.
Henry is also remembered on the war memorial at Ipswich School Chapel, and the seafront, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
29th March 1944
Aircraft: Bristol Beaufighter; serial number: LZ229; indentification letter ‘T’; based at R.A.F. Station North Coates, near Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. On the 29th March 1944, LZ229 took off at 15:08hrs, on a ‘Reece’ mission, 10 aircraft from 236 Squadron with 9 from 254 Squadron and 10 from 143 Squadron, as part of the North Coates Strike Wing attack north-east of Borkum, Germany.
The enemy convoy made up of sixteen merchant vessels, three minesweeper, and one heavily armed ”Sperrbrecher” were attacked and racked with cannon fire and rockets, two of the enemy’s merchant ships were sunk. Harry’s ‘T’ aircraft was seen to be hit by a parachute bomb dropped by a Messerschmitt BF109, cutting the Bristol Beaufighter’s wing off, the aircraft was put into a spin and crashed off the coast of Juist Island. One airman was seen to leave the aircraft, but the parachute failed to open in time, there were no survivors.
Roy Henry Johnson; Flying Officer; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.