Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Harry Gregory Farrington

In memory of:

Flying Officer Harry Gregory Farrington

March 29, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/11241

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

218 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Arnold P. Farrington, and of Bertha Farrington, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; husband of K. T. Farrington. A.C.B.A.

Commemorated on Page 158 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 173.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial – Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Harry Gregory Farrington is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Harry Gregory Farrington is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Harry Farrington – Farrington, Harry Gregory - Flying Officer. Born 4th June, 1918, at Toronto. Educated at Regal Road Public School, Toronto; Kitchener Public School, and Stamford Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Niagara Falls, Ont.  Entered the service of the Bank 7th May, 1933. Served at Niagara Falls city branches and Thorold, Ont. Enlisted 3rd May, 1941, from Niagara Falls South in R.C.A.F. Pilot Officer 13th April, 1942; Flying Officer 9th December, 1942. Trained at Toronto, Malton and Jarvis, Ont., and Peonfield Ridge, N.B. Overseas in April, 1942. Attached 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron, R.A.F. Took part in 1,000-plane raids on Essen, Cologne and Bremen, as well as other day and night operations over Germany.  Missing after air operations over Berlin on night of 29/30th March, 1943.  His plane had made its target and released its bombs, but was seen to lose altitude near the target.  Officially presumed dead (5th September, 1943).  His Wing Commander wrote: "He has shown himself a very keen and capable Navigator and also a very good officer" From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.
  • Photo of Harry Farrington – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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