First Officer Harry Leo Abrin was an American airman who died during the Second World War while attached to RAF Ferry Command.

He was born in 1907, in New York City, the son of Russian-born parents George and Rebecca Abrin.[1] An electrical engineer by profession, Abrin was married to Bernice, with whom he lived in Syracuse City.

Abrin died on 7 April 1943 while on an operation to deliver PBY Catalina FP138 across the Atlantic Ocean to Britain. The aircraft was shot down after inadventently encroaching on German-occupied Europe, possibly as a result of a navigational error. Two fellow crew, Canadian Roslyn Browne and Sergeant Alan Rodgers, also died. The surviving crew of three were taken prisoner.[2]

He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, France.


  1. United States Census, 1910,
  2. Catalina’s link to the ‘Great Escape’, Retrieved 20 August 2013.