V7497 Pilots log book from the Battle of Britain

Here is a page from P/O F.C. Harrold’s log book showing V7497.


Frederick Cecil Harrold joined the RAF on a short service commission in July 1939. He completed his training and went to 5 OTU Aston Down.

On 12th July 1940 Harrold crashed Blenheim L1177 at Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire and on the 15th crashed Blenheim L6597 into the River Severn. He then joined 25 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 19th August.

He moved to 151 Squadron at Stapleford on the 26th and then to 501 Squadron at Kenley on 26th September. On the 27th September he flew V7497; 15.10 – 15.55 on an Active Ops patrol. On the 28th Harrold was shot down by Bf-109s and killed. His Hurricane, P3417, crashed at the Strawberry Plantations, College House, Ulcombe and burned out.

Harrold was 23 years old. He is buried in St Andrew’s churchyard, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire.

Active service during the Battle of Britain with No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron RAF, RAF Kenley, Surrey (he joined as a replacement on 26 September 1940, flew two operations on 27 September 1940 – one flight in V7497), and was shot down while flying Hurricane P3417 on his third operational flight by Messerschmitt Me 109s near Deal, Kent and killed in action on 28 September 1940.