LEST WE FORGET

Aircraftman Class I Laurence Louis HARRIS

Service No: 18621
Born: Melbourne VIC, 19 February 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 September 1940
Unit: No. 455 Squadron
Died: Vehicle Accident, Norfolk, 20 September 1944, Aged 32 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Lewis John and Myrtle Mary Harris, of Albert Park, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Albert Park VIC
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

While cycling back to his billet on the night of 20 September 1944, Aircraftman Class I Harris, an Instrument Maker and member of No. 455 Squadron ground crew, was fatally injured in a head on collision with an Army truck. He died in the ambulance on the way to Norwich hospital.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/17/753

Bibliography:

Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951