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    Default Pilot officer Frederick "Freddie" Harrold KIA 1940

    Hi,

    Once again, a real tease I'm afraid.

    P/O "Freddy" Harrold was reported to have been shot down and killed while operational on the Whitley, I have no idea if it was Coastal, or Bomber Commands. Checked the CWGC site, only a 501 Squadron candidate.

    Any help, pointers gratefully received.

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    Steve
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    Hello,

    11 May 1943
    24 OTU
    Whitley V EB353
    Training T/o 0055 Long Marston for a night exercise. When the starboard engine lost power a forced-landing became necessary. While doing so, at approximately 0130. the Whitley struck a tree and crashed at Ilmington, 3 miles NW of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. Sgt Harrold was taken to Dudley (St. John) Churchyard, while Sgt Curry is buried at Chingford Mount Cemetery. Miraculously, Sgt Patterson was thrown clear and he was subsequently admitted to Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital.

    Sgt (Pilot) L P PATTERSON - Injured
    1199490 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Frederick HARROLD RAFVR +
    151411 P/O (Air Gnr.) Thomas Bertram CURRY RAFVR +

    See: BCL7/219

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    Hi Col,

    Thanks for the details, but it cannot be this man, I have a photo of him as a pilot officer in 1940. The details I have are at best vague. I know he did some of his training at RAF Desford 1939 early 1940. Sorry I should have mentioned he was a pilot !!!


    Thanks again

    Steve
    Last edited by Steve Smith; 18th January 2017 at 10:14.
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