Born: 1924, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

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


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

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 68 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


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.

You Tube the last Platoon 4 /13/19/21/30/37/43/52 (mention of his son 43) minutes in.



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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