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The Airmen's Stories - S/Ldr. H Harkness


Hill Harkness, a citizen of the Irish Republic, joined the RAF on a short service commission in December 1930. He was posted to 2 FTS Digby on 10th January 1931 and went to 54 Squadron at Hornchurch on 29th December 1931. He joined the staff at the School of Naval Co-operation at Lee-on-Solent on 6th January 1935 and went on to the Reserve of Air Force Officers on 29th December 1937.

Recalled in October 1939, Harkness went to 12 FTS Grantham on 13th November as a Flight Commander of the Intermediate Training Squadron. He arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge for a refresher course on 8th June 1940.

After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 257 Squadron at Hendon on 6th July and took command at Northolt on 22nd July 1940. He claimed a Ju88 destroyed on 13th August and was posted away on 12th September 1940 to Boscombe Down.

He was appointed OC 2 Squadron at 10 FTS on 24th October 1940.

He resigned his commission on 4th December 1943 and his subsequent movements are currently unknown. It is believed that he survived the war.

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