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Eric Clifton Harris



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric Clifton AWMM
  • Surname
    Harris AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ425788 AWMM
    • WWII 425788 AWMM
    • 205054 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 September 1921 Hanson RedruthCornwall Hanson
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  • Place of birth
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military Hanson
  • Enlistment
    WW2 30 May 1942 Hanson
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Born in Cornwall UK 18 September 1921. Eric was Cornish born emigrating to NZ with his family. He served as a pilot with 630 squadron ( also at East Kirby) and flew 36 operations. Post war he remained in the UK. Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (21 Sep 1945): [630 Sqn RAF (Lancaster)] Acting Flight Lieutenant Harris, as Pilot, has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty. Flt Lt Harris completed 36 sorties during this tour.

    Served in the RAF, 30 June 1947 to 22 March 1968. Source: Hanson, By Such Deeds, p.235.

    'In 1952 Eric was one of the pilots who escorted the then Princess Elizabeth from Kenya to English waters following the death of her father, the King.' Maya George, Obituary: Remembering World War II Lancaster pilot Eric Harris, Bournemouth Echo, 24 May 2021. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 May 2021 Obituary
    Age 99 AWMM
    BournemouthEngland Obituary
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: Bournemouth Echo, 24 May 2021 AWMM
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