Driver William T Crossley

23 Sep 1944

William Thomas Crossley was the son of William Thomas and Mary Ann Crossley and husband of Lillian Elizabeth Crossley of Yardley Wood, Birmingham. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps and volunteered for Airborne forces.

Driver Crossley was posted to 253 (Airborne) Divisional Composite Company, Royal Army Service Corps, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

The aircraft that Dvr Crossley was on board (RAF 48 Squadron Dakota KG-370, base Down Ampney) was hit by light flak whilst on a re-supply mission, and crashed in the Rosandepolder at Oosterbeek. Three of the flight crew and two Despatchers were killed, whilst the Navigator and two other Despatchers were wounded and taken to St Elisabeth Hospital as PoWs.

Dvr Crossley was killed in action on 23 September 1944, aged 41, and commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial to the missing.

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