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Current record for: William Edward Harrod
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Name William Edward Harrod
Born in Camden Town, St Pancras, London
Resident of 54 Corbyn Street, Islington, London
Died 03/10/1940
Age 49

Cause of Death Killed during air raid on aerodrome / aircraft factory

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William Edward Harrod (1891-1940)

William Harrod died at De Havilland's Aerodrome. Hatfield. Remembered with Honour Hatfield, Rural District.

During the Second World War, de Havilland was most noted for its Mosquito fighter bomber, the famous 'Wooden wonder'. This was developed privately at Salisbury Hall, outside of Hatfield to avoid being targeted by German bombers.

The Hatfield site itself was camouflaged but was bombed on 3 October 1940 by a Junkers Ju 88. Four bombs hit the '94 shop' building, killing 21, injuring 70 and disrupting work on the Mosquito. The Junkers 88 was hit and brought down by the crew of a Bofors gun on the airfield commanded by Sgt 'Mont' Chapman, crashing near East End Green Hertfordshire: the crew survived and were captured by local farm workers.

William Edward Harrod (1891-1940): CWGC commemorative certificate

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  • Vera Harrod (nee Barnes), Wife