Harry Hardy “earned a Distinguished Flying Cross(DFC) flying Typhoons over northwest Europe. His tour of operations as a Typhoon pilot ran from August 10, 1944 to March 24, 1945. Harry flew 96 combat missions in a Typhoon, in the teeth of savage German defences, and was hit by enemy fire six times. He force landed on one occasion and was also shot down once.
On August 10, 1944, Harry was posted from 83 Group Support Unit Bognor Regis to 440 RCAF Squadron based at airfield B9 Lantheuil/Creully on the Normandy beachhead. 440 Squadron, along with 438 and 439, made up 143 Wing of 83 Group of 2 T.A.F. This was an all-Canadian Wing and flew in close support of the British Army, which was fully engaged in driving the German Army out of Normandy. The fast and powerful Typhoons were armed with cannons, rockets or bombs and quickly became the scourge of German forces in northwest Europe.
Harry, along with his family and friends, were in our Museum on May 31st to see a beautiful 1/6 model of his personal aircraft “Pulveriser II” unveiled. The Typhoon model has been donated to the Museum and is dedicated to the glorious memory of the 159 Canadian Typhoon pilots and 3 Canadian support staff who gave their lives during World War II. The average age of the Canadians serving on Typhoon units was 22 years old.”
Lest We Forget.