Harris, John Norman

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Harris, John Norman

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1915–1964

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John Norman Harris was an author of fiction and non-fiction. He was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, and educated in Toronto. After attending Victoria University, 1933–1936, he went to England, joining the Royal Air Force in 1937 to train as a pilot. When World War II ensued he served as the captain of a bomber; in 1942 his plane was shot down during the massive raid on Hamburg. He survived the crash, and was interred as a Prisoner of War in a German stalag for the durarion of the war. Prior to the fateful mission he had married Aileen Dunkeld in England; their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1943. After the war Harris returned to Canada, where he combined a career in public relations at Bell Canada, then advertising at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, with creative and non-fiction writing. The author of numerous articles for periodicals, his acclaimed mystery novel, The Weird World of Wes Beattie, was published shortly before his death. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, and a son.

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Victoria University Library - Special Collections

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