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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.