Harrington, Harvey P., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
At. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training Courses301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 Colleges Attended 
Michigan State University
  1934-1938, Michigan State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Harvey P. Harrington was born in Michigan in 1916. He was a son of Harvey M. and Caroline L. Harrington. The US Census 1930 has the family living in Detroit.

Harvey finished his early education, then enrolled at Michigan State University as a member of the Class of 1938. He graduated with a degree in forestry.

He entered the US Army Air Forces on November 7, 1941 as an aviation cadet. His NARA enlistment papers confirm nativity, year of birth, 4 years college completed, and his civilian employment as an advertising agent.

He received navigation training, was commissioned, awarded wings, and assigned to a B-17 combat crew in England, probably that of Lt. Booker. He flew numerous missions over the Continent.

In November, 1942, the 301st Bomb Group transferred several aircraft/crews to North Africa. Harrington was on a crew that moved. He began flying missions against targets in North Africa as well as the Italian Islands and the mainland.

On July 27, 1943, he was part of a raid on Capua, Italy, near Foggia. The bomb run was completed, and all seemed normal. Then, it was noticed the bomb bay doors were not closed, and the top turret (occupied usually by the flight engineer) was empty. Perhaps an in-board problem had developed.

At any rate, the aircraft nosed up, nearly hitting another aircraft. The pilot pulled the nose down abruptly, the aircraft went into a steep dive, and the aircraft plunged into the sea. Observers stated they observed several parachutes, but there was only one survivor.

Lt Harrington is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Netunno, Italy.

US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records
The Record, June 1946, page 2, (Michigan State University)


Lt Harvey P. Harrington was the assigned navigator on B-17F # 42-3170, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 339 covers this incident. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Denis G. Booker  p
2 Lt Robert T. Dix  c-p
2 Lt Harvey P. Harrington  nav
2 Lt Bernard Turansky  bomb
SSgt William L. Hayes  eng/tt gun
SSgt Seeburn V. Rosheger  r/o
SSgt Jasper C. Pearson  btg
SSgt Eugene B. Fleming  wg
SSgt Fred S. Luke  tail gun
SSgt Charles A. Hurlbutt  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Hayes was the only survivor.

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