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The Airmen's Stories - P/O F C Harrold


Frederick Cecil Harrold was born on 17th May 1917, the son of Frederick Charles and Florence Nightingale Harrold.

After leaving school he was employed in the Cambridge University Library and was a well known member of the Cambridge Town Rowing Club.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission in July 1939.

His initial training was carried out at 7 E&RFTS Desford from July 1939 – September 1939 before he went on to No. 5 Course at 12 FTS Grantham from October 1939 – April 1940.

Here he flew Avro Ansons and was assessed as 'a steady pilot' of 'average' ability. His next posting was to the 65th Flying Instructor's Course (6th War Course) at CFS Upavon from April 1940 – July 1940 flying Oxfords and Tutors.

He may have volunteered for Fighter Command as he went on to 5 OTU Aston Down to convert to Blenheims.



On 12th July 1940 Harrold crashed Blenheim L1177 at Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire and on the 15th crashed Blenheim L6597 into the River Severn.

He joined 25 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 19th August.

He moved to 151 Squadron at Stapleford on the 26th and then to 501 Squadron at Kenley on 26th September. On the 28th Harrold was shot down by Me109s and killed.

His Hurricane, P3417, crashed at the Strawberry Plantations, College House, Ulcombe and burned out.

Harrold was 23 years old. He is buried in St Andrew's churchyard, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire.






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