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One Of The Few!!

Article about: Just thought id share these relics i have from the Battle of Britain. They came from the crash site of Pilot Officer Frederick Cecil Harrold's Hurricane. This brave one of the few from 501 S

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    Just thought id share these relics i have from the Battle of Britain. They came from the crash site of Pilot Officer Frederick Cecil Harrold's Hurricane. This brave one of the few from 501 Sqn based at Kenley who didnt make it was killed aged 23 on 28th September 1940 on what was only his third operational sortie. He was shot down during an engagement with Me.109's over Deal, Kent. On this day the Luftwaffe had sent up a small number of bombers as bait for a considerably large fighter escort flying at some 30,000 feet altitude. The Germans had the height advantage and whilst the Spitfires were able to reach the German fighters the Hurricanes could not reach the same altitude and some became sitting ducks for the Messerschmitts which attacked out of the sun. The relics here are part of the Hurricanes undercarriage, a piece of fuselarge and heat exploded .303. Some of Pilot Officer Harrolds personal effects are subject of special Imperial War Museum display to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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    Nice items attributed to this Hero.
    Is that your own photo of the gravesite and headstone ?
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Nice items attributed to this Hero.
    Is that your own photo of the gravesite and headstone ?
    Hi Steve, the photo is a War Graves Commission one released for public use as part of the special exhibition celebrating the 70th Anniv of the B.O.B. Regards, Tim.

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    Quote by Falschirmjager View Post
    Hi Steve, the photo is a War Graves Commission one released for public use as part of the special exhibition celebrating the 70th Anniv of the B.O.B. Regards, Tim.
    I had hunch it might be.

    This is a great thing they are doing - photographing all the individual
    sites - which gives one the ability of attaching personal photos, etc.

    You can display a colour photo of the grave as part of the memorial
    or tribute to go along with these recovered relics.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    I had hunch it might be.

    This is a great thing they are doing - photographing all the individual
    sites - which gives one the ability of attaching personal photos, etc.

    You can display a colour photo of the grave as part of the memorial
    or tribute to go along with these recovered relics.
    Yes, its really great having a photograph of the pilot rather than him being just a name and statistic. I think he has a sister or brother still alive and well and further personal items were donated to the museum for display. Regards, Tim.

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    hi do you know where i could get a copy of the harrold photo i go to the site quite often inc last week 70 years afterthat fatefull day many thanks mark

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    Quote by mark w View Post
    hi do you know where i could get a copy of the harrold photo i go to the site quite often inc last week 70 years afterthat fatefull day many thanks mark
    Hi Mark, If you put the pilots name in google images search you will find one or two pictures of Frederick Harrold. Failing that contact the Imperial War Museum and they should be able to help with a photo. Cheers, Tim.

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