15.11.1941 No. 234 Squadron Spitfire Vb AD326 Sgt. H.A. Newman
Date: 15th November 1941
Unit: No. 234 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Warmwell, Dorset, England
Location: Le Havre, Calvados, North France
Pilot: Sgt. Harry Arthur Newman 912090 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Update July 2017 - relatives now contacted - further details added. Late July 2017: New contact made from other friends
REASON FOR LOSS:
No further details, although still undergoing research. It is understood he was shot down by an Bf109 off Le Havre.
We have placed this article on the website as a French ex-serviceman wants to honour Sgt. Newman by placing a plaque in the area and we would therefore like to trace this pilot's relatives.
He was injured on a earlier operation on the 10th July just a few months earlier, when the Spitfire IIb P8659 was damaged and he was wounded during a sweep over the channel near Cherbourg. He managed to return to his base.
A Mr. Robin Lowther contacted us also in late July 2017. One of the sisters of Harry Newman, Gwyneth (a long standing friend of Robin) heard that he had planned to visit Normandy on a motorcycle trip and asked if he could place a card on the grave with flowers. He did just that, laminating the card and photo to be placed on the grave and kindly sent us copies. He described it as a very moving experience for him and the friends he had travelled with.
With thanks to Polly Johnson for marvellous retouch work on this once, very poor photograph. We hope to get more photos from one of his sisters who made contact in July 2017.
Trained at 58 Operational Training Unit in Grangemouth, Scotland earlier in 1941. Spitfire AD326 built at the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory, fitted with the Merlin 45 engine.
Grave of Sgt. Harry Arthur Newman (courtesy Dale Heighway)
Sgt. Harry Arthur Newman. St. Honorine-Des-Pertes Churchyard, Calvados, France. Single CWGC grave south east corner. Son of Hubert and Daisy (née Butler) Newman of Sudbury Avenue, Wembley, London, England. Brother of Gweneth, Kathleen, Denise and Leslie. (as at July 2017 Harry has two surviving sisters, Kathleen Spencer and Denise McKechnie. Kevin Newman contacted us in July 2017 and provided much of this personal information, he is one of many nieces and nephews. Sgt. Newman is also remembered on a memorial at St. Johns Church.
With thanks to Francis Bernier, Dale Heighway, Kevin Newman, Kathleen Spencer, Polly Johnson, Mr. Robin Lowther and Ron Pier, additional sources as quoted.