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Hugh Harrison

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Hugh Harrison trained on Course 27B at Falcon Field starting on 26 June 1945 and ending on 10 September 1945.

Born in Yorkshire, Hugh started flying with Cambridge University Air Squadron as a student reading Aeronautical Engineering. In 1944 he left Cambridge University to join the RAF and train as a pilot at Falcon Field in Arizona flying the Stearman, Valiant and Texan. Falcon Field’s Course 27 was returned to England without graduating when the war ended.

Back in the UK he qualified for his wings at No 6 Flying Training School RAF Tern Hill, where he was Course Commander. He was commissioned and began his operational career as a Spitfire pilot in the UK and then flew Tempests with No 6 Squadron in Egypt, Iraq and Jordan. As a Flying Instructor on Meteors he joined the staff of the Central Flying School as a Flight Commander and led the formation aerobatic team in displays at home and abroad, representing Flying Training Command at the Farnborough Golden Jubilee Display.

In 1956 he was awarded the Air Force Cross.

He flew Hunters with 63 Squadron then commanded 79 Fighter Reconnaissance Squadron flying Swifts in Germany. In 1960 he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

While taking part in Lightning trials at the Central Fighter Establishment, Squadron Leader Harrison was selected for the Royal Air Force Bobsleigh team and drove a two-man bob in the 1961 International Championships at St Moritz. Following an RCAF exchange appointment as Chief Instructor of the Tactical Air Operations School in Canada on the T33, he returned to the UK to plan the merger of RAF College Cranwell with RAF Technical College Henlow. A short posting as Joint Warfare Advisor at HQ Scottish Command was followed by his posting as Chief Instructor of No 6 Flying Training School (Flying Training Command). He was himself a graduate of No 6 FTS after his pilot training at Falcon Field.

Wing Commander Harrison was then posted as Station Commander to RAF Acklington before being appointed Air Attaché at the British Embassy in Baghdad Iraq, returning 2 years later as Member of Air Staff at HQ Training Command responsible for all forms of flying training up to wings standard.

He was then posted as Group Captain HQ Near East Air Force, Episkopi Cyprus with responsibility from Gibraltar to Australia, with his final posting back at RAF Newton in the UK as Senior Air Staff Officer HQ Air Cadets for the ATC and for RAF sections of the Combined Cadet Force before his retirement in 1981.

Married for 51 years to Margaret, they had 2 daughters Susan and Kathryn.

Service

Units served with

  • 4 British Flight Training School

    4 British Flight Training School

    School
    The 'Arnold Scheme' (1941-43) and the British Flying Training Schools (1941-45), with the co-operation of Squadron Leader Mills DFC and President Roosevelt, enabled the setting up of flight training in the USA for RAF pilots to train alongside American...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Ecclesall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire 20 April 1926
Enlisted Cambridge 1945

1941 Flight Sergeant in 1237 Lincoln Squadron ATC
1944 Member of Cambridge University Air Squadron
1945 Falcon Field

Lived in RAF Chivenor 1948

Based at RAF Chivenor North Devon. Commissioned. Flying Spitfires.

Lived in RAF Abyad 1948 – 1951

Based at RAF Abyad Egypt. No 6 Squadron flying Tempests/Vampires. Fighter Ground Attack.

Lived in RAF Little Rissington 1951 – 1956

Based at Central Flying School, Little Rissington instructing on Meteors. Leader of Training Command Aerobatic Team displaying in UK and on the continent including Farnborough Golden Jubilee.

Lived in RAF Waterbeach 1956 – 1957

Flight Commander Hunters No 63 Fighter Squadron Waterbeach (Day Fighter)

Lived in RAF Gutersloh 1957 – 1959

Squadron Commander Swifts No 79 Squadron Fighter Reconnaissance Gutersloh

Lived in RAF West Raynham 1959 – 1961

Lightning Trials, Central Fighter Establishment, West Raynham

Lived in CJATC Rivers 1961 – 1964

Exchange post flying T33. Chief Instructor of Joint Warfare Tactical Air Ops School at Rivers, Manitoba

Lived in RAF Cranwell 1964 – 1965

Planning merger of Cranwell/Henlow Colleges

Lived in Scottish Command 1965

Joint Warfare Liaison Officer to GOC-in-C Scottish Command

Lived in RAF Acklington 1966 – 1968

Chief Instructor No 6 Flying Training School RAF Acklington.
Station Commander RAF Acklington.

Lived in Greenwich War College 1971

Senior Officers War Course, Greenwich.
HQ Training Command responsible for all flying training up to wings standard

Lived in RAF Episkopi, Cyprus 1973 – 1975

Group Captain HQ Near East Air Force, RAF Episkopi

Lived in RAF Newton 1975 – 1981

Senior Air Staff Officer HQ Air Cadets

Retired Bilsby, Lincolnshire 1981
Lived in British Embassy, Baghdad 1989 – 1971

Air Attache, British Embassy, Baghdad

Died Bury St Edmunds 9 August 2002

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2021 18:19:35 Kathryn_4BFTS Changes to biography
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Daughter Kathryn Masters

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Daughter Kathryn Masters

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Daughter Kathryn Masters

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Daughter Kathryn Masters

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Daughter Kathryn Masters

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Permission of daughter Kathryn Masters

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29 January 2021 15:17:42 Kathryn_4BFTS Changes to biography
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Permission of daughter Kathryn Masters

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29 January 2021 15:16:02 Kathryn_4BFTS Changes to role and biography
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Permission from daughter Kathryn Masters

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Kathryn Masters daughter of Hugh Harrison

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Edited by daughter of Hugh Harrison

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24 October 2020 08:41:25 Kathryn_4BFTS Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, biography and unit associations
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Hugh Harrison was my father and this information is all taken from the records he kept and passed on to me.

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