Educated at Rossell School and Manchester University, Howard Redmayne Harker was employed by the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough in 1913. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2945 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Birmingham on 18 May 1916. Flying the F.E.2 and D.H.4 with 57 Squadron, he scored five victories in 1917. Harker died from influenza at Tidworth Barracks Hospital in 1919.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Howard Redmayne Harker, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. For nearly, a year he has carried out extremely valuable work in taking aeroplane photographs and leading bombing raids far behind the enemy lines, often in the face of great opposition and trying weather conditions. On a recent occasion while returning from a successful bombing raid his formation was attacked by more than twice its number, but by his fine offensive spirit and skilful leadership, the enemy were dispersed. He has consistently set a splendid example to his brother officers.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 9 January 1918 (30466/612)