OJ-Q - 8 Dec 1942

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OJ-Q - 8 Dec 1942

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Hi All,

I'm still on the quest to find out some information about Thomas Harold Harris, who was an air gunner on OJ-Q when it crashed in Suffolk on 8 Dec 1942. I've visited the National Archive and obtained a copy of the investigation report, albeit just 1 page and found which missions he took part in - mostly in OJ-Q, but other Stirlings also.

I would dearly like to find a photo of Thomas Harold Harris (known as Harold), but had no luck as yet. If anyone is related to other members of the crew and have any group photos which may include Harold, or any newspaper articles from the time, I would be extremely grateful to hear from you.

Many thanks,

Clive Powell

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Re: OJ-Q - 8 Dec 1942

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Well done Chris.
Glad you could obtain some detail.
I have found some images of actual aircraft over the years but the chances are still low.
I will try my best.
Cheers,
John
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Re: OJ-Q - 8 Dec 1942

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Thanks John - much appreciated

Regards

Clive

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Re: OJ-Q - 8 Dec 1942

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Hi Clive,

I've found a couple of OJ's but not Q.
The only OJ-Q found so far is this artwork.
John

http://www.militaryartcompany.com/milit ... rodID=4840
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Re: OJ-Q - 8 Dec 1942

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Thanks John,

Yes that's the only one I've seen - as on the cover of the book "Strong By Night". Having seen so many photos of my ancestors in military uniforms, which look like professional photos, I assumed that photos were taken of everyone who entered the armed forces - for ID purposes at least, but I cannot seem to find out for sure. The service record I purchased from the RAF for Thomas Harold Harris was extremely basic - possibly because I am not his direct next of kin.

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Clive

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PowellCV wrote:Thanks John,

Yes that's the only one I've seen - as on the cover of the book "Strong By Night". Having seen so many photos of my ancestors in military uniforms, which look like professional photos, I assumed that photos were taken of everyone who entered the armed forces - for ID purposes at least, but I cannot seem to find out for sure. The service record I purchased from the RAF for Thomas Harold Harris was extremely basic - possibly because I am not his direct next of kin.

Kind regards

Clive
We've had a gentleman, an ex crew member on the forum in the past, our friend Dennis stated that the taking of photos on RAF bases we basically illegal.
Some chaps obviously didn't concern themselves with the rules whilst most others did.
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