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Ernest Reginald Harris

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Ernest Reginald Harris (c1902-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

Flt.-Lt. ERNEST REGINALD HARRIS was 8n aeronautical engineer and received his practical training in the R.A.F., which he joined as a mechanic in 1919. After eight years' service, the last six of which were spent in India as leading aircraftman with the duties of instrument testing and experimental flights, he obtained his discharge and, returning to England, joined Messrs. C. A. Cooper and Company, Ltd., precision engineers, of London. From 1929 to 1934 he successively held the post of draughtsman to Messrs. Creed and Company, Ltd., Croydon, and to the Amherst Villiers Airmotors Company.

As senior draughtsman to the Blackburn Aircraft Company, at Brough, during the next seven years, he was responsible to the chief designer for all drawings as well as the making of calculations. In 1941 he was granted a commission as engineer officer in the R.A.F., and after serving temporarily as pilot officer was posted to Oxford and employed in the Ministry of Air Production, being later promoted to Flight-Lieutenant and transferred to headquarters in London. At the time of his death, which occurred as the result of enemy action on 18th June 1944 at the age of 42, Flt.-Lt. Harris was rendering valuable services in connection with the development of training equipment.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1937.

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