Sergeant Norris Harrison - 76 Squadron  

Sergeant Norris Mervyn Harrison - RAFVR


Sergeant Norris Mervyn Harrison was serving as Mid-Upper Gunner on board Halifax MK.BIII LK-789 coded MP-L for an operation to Karlsruhe on April 24/25, 1944. The aircraft departed from Holme on Spalding Moor at 2209hrs but on the return trip it was attacked by a German intruder over home territory. The aircraft caught fire and crashed near Welney at 0420hrs. Members of the local fire brigade were able to free F/Sgt John Anderson from the wreckage, he was the only survivor.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
F/O Douglas Dibbins RAFVR Pilot Southmead 21
Sgt John Head RAFVR Flight Engineer Clapton, London 20
Sgt Kenneth Oswald RAFVR Navigator Birkdale, Southport 22
F/Sgt John Bathe RAFVR Bomb Aimer Witley 30
Sgt James Davenport RAFVR W/Op/AG Horfield, Bristol 21
Sgt Norris Harrison RAFVR M/U Gunner Colwick 19
F/Sgt John Anderson - INJ RAFVR Rear Gunner - -


Sergeant Norris Mervyn Harrison was the son of Fred and Lily Harrison of Colwick, he is buried in Carlton Cemetery, Nottinghamshire. All other airmen killed in the crash are also buried in cemetaries near their hometowns.




Photo courtesy of Michael Harrison.