Harry was born on November 10th, 1924 in Yorkshire, England. Left scholl at 14.3 years as a butcher and 1 year truch driving Bomb Site in Coventry. He enlisted at Burnley Lanashire U.K. on the 10th November 1942. He served on the Initial Training Wing RAF Padgate, No. 11 Direct Entry. No. 4 School of Technical Training RAF St. Athan and received his “Wings” awarded a ”Flight Engineer Badge” on Oct 6, 1943. Heavy Conversion Unit No. 1656 RAF Lindholme October 1943 - December 1943 then to No 1 Lancaster Finishing School RAF Lindholme December 1943 - January 1944. He was then posted to operational station RAF Waltham (Grimsby) January 1944 - July 1944 - Operational Unit 100 Squadron #1Group - RAF Bomber Command.
Demobalization: Blackpool Lancashire 1948
After demob attended Technical Institute in Burnley for 4 years, then joined a Dairy Company as a farms adviser on clean milk production. In 1955 joined Rolls Royce at their Jet development factory at Barnoldswick working on development of the By Pass Engines the RB series. In 1960 immigrated to New Zealand and took up the Dairy Industry again. Finally retired from the Dairy Industry in October 1999.
MARRIAGE and FAMILY information
Married in Adeliade in 1955 we have two children, a daughter Pamela, who is dairy farming and runs a pedigree Frisian herd, specialising in embryo breeding. They have provided us with three grandaughters. Son Andrew owns a Real Estate Business in Auckland.
After 100 Squadron I was posted to 45 (AT)Group Dorval on Atlantic Ferry. Converted to C54 Skymasters in America and joined 232 Squadon, June 1945, flying from Ceylon to Australia. (232 used 7 of the 9 C54 Skymasters which the RAF operated). Extended my service by 18 months and spent 12 months in charge of Native labour at RAF Mauipur (Karachi). Spent the last year in the RAF at 93 MU Norton Disney (Swinderby) disposing of surplus bombs from abonded airfields and those stored on the road sides, which included Chemical Weapons. Have spent the last 20 years researching Bomber Command and New Zealand Airmen in Bomber Command. I am the founder of Bomber Command Association NZ
I have completed a Memorial for the Airmen who lost their lives at Cocos Is. During WW2 and the last Airman of Bomber Command to Loss his life by direct enemy action in WW2 was F/O MacBride RCAF. Have my own Web Site.
POST SERVICE CAREER
Last day in the RAF