Welwyn Garden City war veteran dies

A WORLD War Two veteran from WGC has died, aged 91.

Frank Harbord, a former engineer who flew in the RAF, died on Tuesday last week.

Mr Harbord was in the RAF from 1939 until 1947, and during the war flew in the Bristol Blenheim light bomber as an air observer.

He saw combat over the English Channel during the Battle of Britain, and also spent time in Malta, India and Burma. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in 1943.

During his career as an engineer, Mr Harbord worked for de Havilland, English Electric and British Aerospace.


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After retiring in 1983, he became a familiar figure in Knebworth, collecting for the RAF, the Royal British Legion and other service charities, and ran the London Marathon in 1989 at the age of 70.

He published his war memoirs, Familiar Voices, in 1998, and was featured in the WHT.

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Mr Harbord is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 64 years, a son and two daughters.

His funeral will be held at Harwood Park Crematorium in Knebworth on Tuesday, at 11.45am.

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