Jane Harrison GC (BOAC Cabin Crew)

Old Oct 14, 15, 10:09 am
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Jane Harrison GC (BOAC Cabin Crew)

Something very different but worth sharing I think.

Barbara Jane Harrison GC, BOAC air stewardess, died whilst rescuing passengers during the BA712 incident on 8 April 1968.

It's relatively well known about where I live in Scarborough. Jane's sister still lives here (actually on my street), and the local primary school has named their new building extension after her.

I was wondering if this incident, and particularly the heroism/actions of the crew, is ever talked about in BA circles? Perhaps as a case study during Cabin Crew Training? Appreciate it happened nearly 50 years ago.

I note that Jane's George Cross is located at the 'BA Speedbird Centre' - is it on display in a museum area? I was a little surprised Michael Ashcroft hadn't got hold of it...

Apologies for just copying and pasting, but this Wikipedia reference describes the events much better than I can;

Jane Harrison Wikipedia Link
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Old Oct 14, 15, 10:43 am
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Very sad and lovely story about how brave she was. Thanks for sharing
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I have read Susan Ottaway's book on this flight and it is indeed a poignant read - testimony to both her courage and some pretty nifty flying to get the aircraft down again safely with a full fuel load and if I am not mistaken on the now abandoned cross runway,
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Thanks for posting. An exceptionally brave woman.
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Originally Posted by BA662 View Post
I was a little surprised Michael Ashcroft hadn't got hold of it...
He collects Victoria and not George Crosses.
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Wow. I had not heard of this lady. Thank you for posting.

I have goosebumps just thinking about her selfless bravery.
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Jane Harrison GC (BAOC Cabin Crew)

Thank you so much for sharing this - moved to tears
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I think the OP means BOAC rather than BAOC...

However, the typo should not detract from this poignant tale.

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Originally Posted by windowontheAside View Post
Wow. I had not heard of this lady. Thank you for posting.

I have goosebumps just thinking about her selfless bravery.
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Old Oct 14, 15, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by DoctorCopper View Post
I think the OP means BOAC rather than BAOC...

However, the typo should not detract from this poignant tale.

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Thanks Doc, I've edited the content but can't change the title. Can a mod do that please?
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Old Oct 14, 15, 11:27 am
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I note that Jane's George Cross is located at the 'BA Speedbird Centre' - is it on display in a museum area?
The story of Jane Harrison's bravery, and how the medal came to be part of the BA Heritage Collection, are quite a significant part of the museum's tour.

Museum staff are very knowledgeable, and will often be able to show visitors items which are archived in the non-display drawers and cases.
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Old Oct 14, 15, 11:37 am
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The story of Jane Harrison's bravery, and how the medal came to be part of the BA Heritage Collection, are quite a significant part of the museum's tour.

Museum staff are very knowledgeable, and will often be able to show visitors items which are archived in the non-display drawers and cases.

I'm really pleased to hear that. Thanks for the museum info too - sounds like it's well worth a visit. Well done BA ^
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
He collects Victoria and not George Crosses.
No, he collects both. They are displayed in the Imperial War Museum in London.
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When we first moved into T5, opinions were sought as to what the CRC (Crew Report Centre) should be called, or if there should be anything special there and a multitude of crew asked for something to be there to memorialise this lady and what he did, but the company felt it was not appropriate. So it never happened.
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Thank you for sharing this story, truly a remarkable lady. RIP
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