Born: 1923, Ipswich.

Died: 27th June 1944; Age: 21; killed in a mid-air collision, Dumfries.


Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1336343.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Grave Reference:

Ipswich New Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick William & Elsie Elaine Harding, of Ipswich.


Father: Frederick William Harding, born February 1903, Ipswich. A Managing Director of Building Firm.

Mother: Elsie Elaine Hannah Harding (nee Jarvis), born May 1903, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


27th June 1944


Aircraft: Anson I; serial number: R3336, of No. 10 (observer) Advanced Flying Unit, based at R.A.F. Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. The aircraft collided mid-air with Anson 1 -DJ335, also of No. 10 – Advanced Flying Unit, and crashed into the Solway Firth, 2 miles southwest of Southerness Point, Dumfries. DJ335 survived the collision. The crew of R3336 died from multiply injuries.

Fellow Crew:

Richard Horace Isaacs; Sergeant/Observer; age 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Henry Johnston D.F.M.; Warrant Officer; age 23; R.A.F.

Norman Louis Richards; Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Thomas Downie Rhodie; Sergeant/Navigator; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

The bodies of Noel Harding, Richard Isaacs, Norman Richards and Thomas Rhodie were washed ashore (Richard Isaacs – 12th August 1944).

The body of Henry Johnston was not washed up, he is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

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