|Date of Injury:
|D.O.B/Age when admitted:
|Cause of Incident:
Crashed on take off in a C47- Dakota.
|Transferred to QVH:
Burns to face and hands. Laceration to face.
|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:
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168 Sqn-Mail Flight
|Age at Death:
Assigned to Biggin Hill in October 1944, as part of 168 (RCAF) Heavy Transport Squadron, flying mail from Canada to England, then England to the advancing front lines.
Before returning to transatlantic duties, Harding's crew was asked to do one more trip to the continent to help familiarise a new crew with the route. There was low icy ground fog which meant limited forward visibility, as there had been for several days. The pilot tried to take off at low speed, feeling they were running out of runway, crashing into a parked Spitfire, bouncing and hitting a van, before the plane broke in two and Harding was thrown from the plane.
Harding was visited by "Wingco" Ross Tilley who had him moved to the Canadian Wing of QVH.
By the end of May 1945, Harding was back to flying regularly.