LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant John Wyndham HARRIS

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 543130 (RAF)
Born: Date, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 203 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 203 Squadron Maryland aircraft AH402), Egypt, 9 October 1942, Aged 22 Years
Buried: El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Wyndham and Adelaide Amy Isobel Harris, of Brighton, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown

At 1558 hours on 9 October 1942, Maryland AH402 took off from Landing Ground 226 on air test. One of the engines caught fire on take-off and aircraft crashed at 1600 hours. Three crew members were fatally injured and one seriously injured.

The crew members of AH402 were:

Sergeant Victor Cyril Bond (628257) (RAF) (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Fatally injured
Sergeant John Wyndham Harris (543130) (RAF) (Navigator) Fatally injured
Leading Aircraftman William Arthur Humphrey (904054) (RAFVR) (Supernumerary) Fatally injured
Sergeant J FV Veillard (1117228) (RAFVR) (Pilot) Seriously injured

References:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
On Line Sources from No. 203 Squadron RAF ORB AIR 27/1199 Page 268; No. 54 Repair and Salvage Unit ORB AIR 29/803.