Born: 1924, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Died: 4th March 1945; age 20; killed when aircraft crashed on landing.

Residence: The Pines, London Road, Braintree, Essex.


Rank: Flying Officer/Navigator; Service Number: 165325.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 68 Squadron.


The remains were cremated at Ipswich, on Saturday, 10th March 1945, The Rev. Hartley Brook, vicar of Braintree, officiated at the service.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,



Memorial Reference:

Screen Wall,

Ipswich Crematorium,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur & Gladys Gwendoline  Halestrap, of Black Notley, Essex.


Father: Arthur Halestrap, born September 1898, Southampton, Hampshire.

Mother: Gladys Gwendoline Mary Halestrap (nee Ford), born 1896, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Arthur Halestrap died in April 2004, King’s Sutton, Northamptonshire, aged 105, he was one of the last surviving British soldiers of the First World War. In his later years, Arthur, who had walked across the deck of the Titanic and survived Spanish Flu, appeared on television documentaries, and gave interviews about his part in the Great War.

YOU TUBE Arthur Halestrap 38 minutes in.

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In September 1944, the engagement was announced between John, and Stella Rosemary Templeman, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Templeman, of Hounslow, Essex.


Chelmsford Chronicle – 9th March 1945.


The sad news has been received at Braintree that Flying-Officer John Philip Halestrap, R.A.F., only son of Captain A. Halestrap and Mrs. Halestrap, of The Pines, London Road, has been killed during night operations. He was 20 years of age, and had just gained his wings.

Flying-Officer Halestrap, who had recently been home on leave, was of a very cheerful disposition, greatly likes by all who knew him, and was extremely keen on the Air Force duty, Greatly interested in classical music, his hobby was the collection of classical records, of which he had some fine specimens. He had also made a study of geography, and this served him as a navigator in the R.A.F. he was educated at Braintree High School, and at the Borough Road College, Isleworth. He was a member of the University Air Squadron before joining the R.A.F. He was distinguished as a scholar, and showed every prospect of a successful career in the Air Force.


4th March 1945

Aircraft: de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF; serial number: NT357; based at R.A.F. Coltishall, Norfolk. The aircraft was returning to R.A.F. Coltishall after a mission. At 03:45hrs, NT357 lost height on landing and crashed killing both crew members.


Arthur John Aust; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 27; R.A.F. Mentioned in Despatches.


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