Harry Hardy (1922-2020)

Battle of Normandy veteran Harry Hardy testifies to his Second World War experience. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, completed pilot training, and was assigned to 163 Squadron RCAF in Vancouver, BC flying Hawker Hurricanes. Harry’s first close encounter with death came while flying a Kittyhawk, which he considers a “touchy” aircraft. For good reason! Harry went overseas in 1944 and joined 440 Squadron RCAF in Normandy on 10 August 1944, flying Hawker Typhoons in close support bombing missions for the army. His first missions occurred during the Battle of the Falaise Pocket. Harry’s war also took him to the Battle of the Bulge, where he had another close encounter with death. At 97 years old, Harry has worked in recent years to raise awareness of the Typhoon — giving his beloved plane its due.