Requests for Information
On several occasions I have been asked for information about various aspects of RAF Harrowbeer. As mentioned elsewhere on this website, the RAF Harrowbeer Interest Group are not experts on the airfield and therefore are unable to answer direct questions. However, we are interested in life at Harrowbeer and take a keen interest in our local history and realise that if we don't know, someone else might. We have our 'Puzzles' page but this section is for anyone to ask a question that could/might be answered by someone out there........
If you have a question, or what to get in touch with others connected with Harrowbeer, then email it to the address on the 'Contacts' page and I'll add it here. Answers to the same address please and then I'll forward them on.
April 2012: Most of these remain unanswered.
Colin Foster has a little mystery he is trying to solve.....
"A friend of mine has a cottage in the village of St Vigor des Mezerets, in Normandy, France - just outside of the main Bocage country - with major actions (such as Villers Bocage, Mount Pinçon & the assault on Villers & Vire) all nearby.
In their back garden is a wooden shed (with patches over a series of bullet holes!); on the inside of this are 18 names of both British & American servicemen who were captured in the fighting in Normandy. One of the British Servicemen listed is as follows...
Number: nnnn19026 Name: Fl Lt J W Harder - Captured: 31/07/1944
I have agreed to do my best to investigate all of the names in the hope of finding out more about them, whether they made it to the end of the war (or are even still alive), etc,
I have had some success with tracing two out of the 4 American names listed, and from a chat that I have had with the one who was at the time still alive, it would appear that Flt Lt Harder was an American flying with the RAF.
Since then (until very recently) the trail went quite cold until I came across someone on a discussion group (www.ww2talk.com) that I am a member of who has been able to provide me with the following information...
Fighter Cmd Losses 1944-45 by Norman L. R. Franks: American pilot.
24th July 1944. N°64
Sqn; Fighter Cmd; Spitfire MkIX; Seriel N° MK258; Rhubarb ground
targets at Voutre. Hit by flak and baled out over Arou; POW.
Note: 18th April 1944. N°64 Sqn; Fighter Cmd; Spitfire MkVb; Seriel N° AD565; Shipping Recce, a.m.; Engine caught fire 50 miles East of Yarmouth, Norfolk; Ditched and rescued; Safe Stationed at Coltishall Norfolk.
As I replied to him... Thanks for this... It supports what I was told in that he was an American still serving with the RAF"
The loss of Fl Lt Harder is recorded in the Station ORB but we now know from his Son, that he survived the War. The mystery is that during Colin's search for information, the following turned up:
Colin would like to know more about both the above.
December 2008 update:
Colin has created a website all about the 'Men In The Shed' as he calls them! Click here for all the information. http://menintheshed.wetpaint.com/