V7497 Fighter Pilots
Pilot Officer E. B. Rogers
The last pilot to fly Hawker Hurricane V7497. Everett Bryan Rogers joined the RAFVR about July 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 11 FTS Shawbury on No. 18 Course, which ran from 31st January to 29th June 1940.
He was commissioned and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6th July. After converting to Hurricanes Rogers joined 615 Squadron at Kenley on 4th August and moved to 501 Squadron there on 12th September. Rogers destroyed a Do17 on the 15th and on the 28th he was shot down by Bf109’s over Deal, he baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane, V7497, crashed and burned out at Chartway Street, East Sutton.
Later in the war Rogers was serving with Bomber Command. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 27th March 1945) as an Acting Squadron Leader with 640 Squadron, operating in Halifax bombers from Leconfield. The citation mentioned an occasion when a shell burst beneath the tailplane of his aircraft as it approached Sterkrada. The Halifax turned completely on its back and fell towards the ground, out of control. Rogers eventually righted it, assured himself that the crew was unharmed and then went on to bomb the target, afterwards safely regaining his base.
On another operation, flak damaged his controls on the way to Chemnitz and only the trimming tabs could be used to control the aircraft. He continued on and bombed the target.
Rogers was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader.
He died on 16th January 1960.
Pilot Officer F. C. Harrold
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.
These Objects Tell The Story Of One Casualty From The Battle Of Britain
One of these casualties was pilot Officer Frederick Cecil Harrold, a Royal Air Force (RAF) Hurricane Pilot from Cambridge. He was killed in action on Saturday 28 September 1940, when his Hurricane was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 over Deal in Kent, just two days after being posted to 501 Squadron. He was buried at St Andrews Churchyard Cemetery, Cherry Hinton in Cambridgeshire.
These objects include items Frederick had with him when his aircraft came down, wreckage from the plane and his medals.RAF Wings belonging to Pilot Officer Frederick Cecil Harrold.RAF cigarette case, likely to have been included in Frederick’s personal effects when he died.Frederick’s damaged identity disk, likely to have been on him when he died.Bent door key.Perspex fragment from Frederick’s Hurricane – excavated from the crash site.Aircraft fragments from Frederick’s Hurricane.Star with ‘Battle of Britain’ clasp and other medals awarded to Pilot Officer Frederick Cecil Harrold.A religious medallion which belonged to Frederick.
The wings belonged to Pilot Officer Frederick Harrold, he was killed in action during the Battle of Britain. Harrold, of Hills Road, Cambridge, was killed on Saturday, 28th September over Deal, Kent, having only just been posted to 501 Squadron two days previously. Harrold was shot down by a MeBf109 and was later interred at St Andrews Churchyard Cemetery, Cherry Hinton. When Harrold’s surviving sister died, the personal effects, including a battered cigarette case, bent door key, damaged identity disc, talismans, pilots flying log book, medals, documents and photographs were bequeathed to the Imperial War Museum. The crash-site was excavated in 1975.
For a list of 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron pilots in the Battle of Britain go here.