Remembering Richard Emerson Harmer

Remembering Richard Emerson Harmer

Act of heroism

A tribute to Richard "Chick" Harmer and US Navy Night Fighter Squadron VF(N)-101

How could I have been remembering Richard Emerson  Harmer before Flight Lieutenant John Kelly’s son sent me this picture in 2015, and got me writing this blog remembering unsung heroes?


Collection John Kelly (courtesy Gunnar Kelly)

Or Robert Brunson for that matter…


Richard Emerson  Harmer was just smiling as well as other night fighter pilots from VF(N)-101 aboard the Enterprise…


This is what I found this morning on the Internet about Richard Emerson Harmer, and got me thinking  and writing this post.

Dec 41 to Aug 42 – LTJG (Lieutenant (junior grade), VF-5 USS Wasp

Aug 42 to Oct 42 – LT, (Lieutenant)VF-5 (XO) USS Saratoga

Oct 42 to Mar 43 – LT, Project AFFIRM NAS Quonset Point

Mar 43 to Dec 43 – LT, VF(N)-75 (XO) NAS Quonset Point

Dec 43 to Feb 44 – LCDR (Lieutenant commander), VF(N)-101 (CO) NAS Barbers Point

Feb 44 to…

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Paying Homage to Pilot Officer Donald Hickson

About an unsung hero who flew with RAF 203 Squadron.


Pilot Officer Donald Hickson was assigned to RAF 203 Squadron he completed 23 reconnaissance sorties as observer / navigator / second pilot flying in Martin Maryland IIs and Baltimores over the Mediterranean Sea.

His story will be told by his son on a new blog.

RAF 203 Squadron


This site is dedicated to the memory of all those aircrew that served in the Commonwealth Air Forces during World War Two. The numbers are astounding. Some 185,600 aircrew served and approximately 70,200 made the ultimate sacrifice. The number of sorties flown and the number of aircraft lost is also difficult to comprehend.

  • Bomber Command – 392,100 sorties and 9,100 aircraft lost
  • Fighter Command – 700,200 sorties and 3,500 aircraft lost
  • Coastal Command – 235,700 sorties and 1,600 aircraft lost

To the best of my knowledge, there were about 126 Squadrons in the RAF, RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF and other Commonwealth Air Forces.

Obviously, the subject is much too broad to cover in any meaningful way in a single blog.

In particular, this blog is dedicated to those who served with RAF 203 Squadron during World War Two and all relevant submissions are welcomed.

I will make periodic posts about…

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The Danger of the Other

The Danger of the Other

So easy to forget the past isn’t?

Please  share.

Envisioning The American Dream

WWII Dr Seuss editorial mental-insecticide Learning from our past history,  America could use a good dose of mental insecticide to vanish the racism and vitriol that has been infecting our country recently. 1942 Political cartoon by Theodor Geisel – Dr. Seuss, from NY newspaper PM.

We need to be on high alert

The threat is real.

We need to be vigilant not only about extremist terrorists who wish to do us harm, but about the ramped up stereotyping and creeping xenophobia that is growing, thanks to the red white and blue home-grown extremists like Donald Trump whose vile comments cloaked as patriotism are becoming numbingly familiar.

Both threats are real…both are dangerous…both pose a grave danger to American freedom.

Identifying the Other

Against a boosterish backdrop of cheering crowds, Trump announced his plan to make America great Again by banning all Muslim’s from entering our country, beaming at what he saw as a public service.

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The Impatient Virgin

Quite an interesting story about an Impatient Virgin

A tribute to Richard "Chick" Harmer and US Navy Night Fighter Squadron VF(N)-101

I am not the author of this story about an Impatient Virgin.

Night-Fighting 101 Harmer

Lieutenant Commander Richard Harmer
Collection Flight Lieutenant John Kelly U.S. Navy


Collection Flight Lieutenant John Kelly U.S. Navy


The Big E’s Impatient Virgins

By Randolph Bartlett

In January 1944, Lieutenant Commander Richard Harmer’s VF(N)-101 became one of the Navy’s first carrier-based night fighter squadrons. Once at sea, however, Harmer had an uphill climb getting permission for his pilots to fly their radar-equipped Corsairs on combat missions.

One evening after four frustrating weeks at sea, Navy Lieutenant Commander Richard E. Harmer walked across the flight deck of the USS Enterprise (CV-6) toward his F4U-2 Corsair. Like previous nights on standby, Number 15 was spotted on the catapult, fully armed, and ready to launch. But Harmer had yet to fly a single sortie.

Approaching his plane, he was astonished to see freshly shellacked on the engine cowling…

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