Harris, Richard Waugh (1918-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Richard Waugh Harris (1918-1940), born at Stone, Staffordshire on 1 July 1918, son of Gilbert Harvey Harris and Muriel Carrington Harris (nee Perks), of Washdale, Stone, Staffordshire.
Siblings: Jean Harris (b.1914), David Harris (1916-1943).
Attended Yarlet Hall preparatory school, Stafford.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) January 1932-July 1935; 6th form.
Articled to a solicitor.
WW2, Pilot Officer (Pilot) 42988, Royal Air Force, no.4 Squadron.
Took off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, at 6.35hrs on 7 October 1940 on a coastal recognisance flight. On returning to the airfield at 0.7.52hrs the aircraft was seen to dive into the ground at high speed and from a height of round 50 feet into a field close to the Carlton to Faceby road (northern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park boundary), killing both the pilot and Sergeant Marcus Rudolph Harvey. It was the pilot's first flight since joining the squadron.
Newton-upon-Ouse (All Saints) Churchyard, Yorkshire Row Q. Grave 5 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2412731/HARRIS,%20RIC...
Inscription on his headstone: 'ALL THAT HE HAD HE GAVE'.
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
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