WWII Hero dies age 98

Hurricanes were just one of many planes worked on by Harry

A hero veteran who kept the RAF in the sky during WWII has died aged 98.

During his service, Harry Golding worked on various aircraft and engines including the famous Merlin engines, and on Hurricanes, Beauforts, Moths, Wellingtons, Hudson MkIIIs, Dakotas and Expeditors.

Working in a reserved occupation, he had not expected to be conscripted but the RAF’s need for more men with an engineering background saw him selected for service and training in Wales, Yorkshire and Northumberland.

The young aircraftsman ­subsequently sailed for India on the Mooltan, a former liner requisitioned as a troopship, a voyage that took in Sierra Leone, Durban and Bombay.

He was then posted to Golden Rock Trichonopoly, a railway workshop used for the repair of RAF planes.

By June 1943 he had been promoted to leading aircraftsman but soon afterwards ­contracted malaria and was sent to a medical clearing ­station in Bangalore.

Once recovered, he returned to Golden Rock where he worked until 1944. From there he went to RAF Cawnpore No 3 Civilian Maintenance Unit, near the banks of the Ganges, and then to Lucknow, both in Uttar Pradesh.