Flt Lt John Worthington Harder was the first of “The Men in the Shed” that I had any success in finding information about.
It started by a chance visit to a WW2 website where someone had asked about information about their grandparent who had been a PoW; the person replying – Arthur Brett – gave lots of details regarding PoW camp, etc so I decided to ask if he could assist with the 18 that I was trying to find out about. Unfortunately, he couldn’t help with the Americans, & at the time his army records had been lent out, however he could provide some details of Flt Lt JW Harder… the fact that he had crashed into the North Sea earlier in 1944 and that in July 1944 had been shot down whilst on operations over France.
The second link included the fact that he had been flying out of RAF Harrowbeer, so a further spot of “Googling” brought me to the website that has been pulled together by Stephen Fryer & members of the “RAF Harrowbeer Interest Group”. On their “Personnel” pages http://rafharrowbeer.co.uk/personnel.htm I found a reference to a “John Harder”… coincidence? I didn’t think so, so I widened my Googling to include the “John” resulting in a contact with one of his sons: Lewis… and the resultant explosion of information & memorabilia that has flowed since & which is recorded on these pages.
More information about John Worthington Harder
So, here are the further pages with information about John Harder…