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Name: Harris George "Clem" Clements
Harris George Clements
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 74
Victories: 6
Born: 17 January 1893
Place of Birth: Chilham, Kent, England
Died: 06 May 1983
Place of Death: Leicester, Leicestershire, England
A member of the 103rd Calgary Rifles and the son of William and Elizabeth Clements, Harris George Clements was employed as a hardware clerk in Calgary, Alberta, Canada when he enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force in July 1916. After transferring to the Royal Flying Corps, Harris was posted to 74 Squadron in early 1918 and scored six victories flying the S.E.5a in Mick Mannock's flight.

"He watched me coming in from a training flight with Lt. J. I. T. 'Taffy' Jones. Jones, as was pretty much usual, bounced in and broke a few bits of his machine. I landed smoothly — Mannock was impressed, asked me to join the flight and that was that." Harris Clements

AIR 76/92/72
Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Apr 1918 1440 74 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Bois de Phalempin
2 03 May 1918 1855 74 S.E.5a LVG C (DES) 2 S of Merville
3 29 May 1918 2055 74 S.E.5a (C9584) Albatros D.V (DES) Lille-Roubaix
4 06 Jun 1918 1935 74 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (DES) 3 2 mi W of Roulers
5 09 Jun 1918 0805 74 S.E.5a Albatros C (DES) 4 S of Mt. Kemmel
6 30 Jun 1918 1305 74 S.E.5a (C1779) Rumpler C (CAP) NE of Cassel

1 Shared with Capt Edward Mannock, Lt Henry Dolan, Lt Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith, Lt Percy Howe
2 Shared with Capt Edward Mannock, Lt Henry Dolan, Lt Andrew Kiddie
3 Shared
4 Shared with Capt Edward Mannock, Lt Andrew Kiddie, Capt Wilfred Young
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