Air Marshal Sir John Harris, known throughout the RAF as ‘Win’, was an expert in anti-submarine warfare and one of his officers described him as ‘champion of the maritime air force’. His career began flying Shackletons in Gibraltar and, after an exchange tour with the United States Navy flying the P-3 Orion, he began his long association with the Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, first as a squadron commander and then as station commander at RAF Kinloss. After appointments in MoD and in NATO, he served as the Commandant General of the RAF Regiment. His final appointment was as Air Officer Commanding No 18 (Maritime) Group before retiring. He died on July 2 aged 81.
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I wish to leave my condolences at learning of the death of Air Marshal Sir John Harris.
I was his last Personal Staff Driver at RAF Northwood. He was a gentleman and it was a privilege to serve under him. He possessed a very dry wit and always treated his personal staff like a part of an extended family.
He will be a sad loss to both his family and the Royal Air Force.