Private Papers of Flying Officer F C Harrold

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Papers (July 1939 – September 1948) relating to his service with the RAF (July 1939 – September 1940) as a pilot on a short service commission (September 1939) and his postwar commemoration (he was formerly employed in the Cambridge University Library and a well known member of the Cambridge Town Rowing Club), including his flying training with No 7 E & RFTS (Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School), RAF Desford, Leicestershire (July 1939 – September 1939); No 5 Course at No 12 FTS (Flying Training School), RAF Grantham, Lincolnshire (October 1939 – April 1940), flying Ansons and assessed as "a steady pilot" of "average" ability; 65th Flying Instructor’s Course (6th War Course), CFS (Central Flying School) at RAF Upavon, Wiltshire (April 1940 – July 1940), flying Oxfords and Tutors; No 5 OTU (Operational Training Unit), RAF Aston Down, Gloucestershire (July 1940 – August 1940) and No 25 Squadron RAF, RAF North Weald, Essex (August 1940), flying Blenheims; No 151 Squadron RAF, RAF North Weald (August 1940 – September 1940), flying Hurricanes; active service during the Battle of Britain with No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron RAF, RAF Kenley, Surrey (he joined as a replacement on 26 September 1940, flew two operations on 27 September 1940, and was shot down while flying Hurricane P3417 on his third operational flight by Messerschmitt Me 109s near Deal, Kent and killed in action on 28 September 1940, aged 23, and buried in St Andrew’s Churchyard, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire), notably his Air Ministry Certificate of Competency & Licence to Fly Private Flying Machines (August 1939); his Pilot's Flying Log Book (99pp, July 1939 – September 1940) stamped "killed in action"; his RAF Identity Card, CFS (4pp, July 1940); 3 ts telegrams and an ms letter from the Air Ministry (4pp, September and October 1940) notifying his father that he was missing in air operations, then confirming that he had "lost his life", asking where he should be buried, and offering to "pay all expenses"; a ts letter (1p, undated) of "heartfelt sympathy" from George VI; 2 ts letters (3pp) from the Air Ministry giving the balance of his estate and the Awards granted for his wartime service; a ts Confidential Notice (1p, undated) requesting that relatives of fallen service personnel should not disclose details about the circumstances; numerous photographs of him in uniform, with his family and fellow RAF officers during his flying training, notably a close friend, Pilot Officer J D Ready, a Canadian pilot who was also killed (April 1941); various magazines and newspapers (October 1939 – September 1946) mainly relating to his RAF career and death; a ts card (4pp, undated) commemorating the first anniversary of his last operational flight and his name in the Book of Remembrance of St George's Chapel at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent; a ts card (1p, September 1944) stating that he was "mentioned with proud thanksgiving, in the prayers of St George's Chapel of Remembrance"; a ts Order of Service (13pp, July 1947) for the Unveiling and Dedication of the Battle of Britain Chapel in Westminster Abbey; a ts Form of Service (6pp, October 1947) in memory of the pupils of the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys who died in the Second World War; and a ts card (1p, September 1948) for the 'Service of Thanksgiving for Victory Gained in the Battle of Britain, September 1940' held in Westminster Abbey.

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