Harry J. Hardy J20841

May 30, 1922 - May 21, 2020

Harry Hardy O2 Mask Harry Hardy's Pulverizer Harry Hardy Looking at his Logbook Harry Hardy with Anne Gafiuk Harry Hardy, Bob Spooner, Angus Scott

440 Squadron

"The Pilot of the Pulverizers"

Harry J. Hardy was born on May 30, 1922 in Virden, Manitoba and raised in Timmins, Ontario. His father was a WWI veteran and his mother was a nurse during the Great War. Harry had one brother who served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII.

He was a decorated Second World War pilot who flew 96 combat sorties in a Typhoon Fighter Bomber winning him the Distinguished Flying Cross and Legion of Honour (France).

He studied Mechanical Engineering through correspondence school, working the last 32 years of his career for MacMillan Bloedel Ltd, seventeen of those as the Chief Engineer of a large sawmill.

He was a renowned aviculturist, a member of the Aviculture Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society's Lifetime Achievement Award. Harry continues to raise birds in his private aviary in Burnaby.

Harry was also an inventor. He volunteered for Tetra Society of North America, designing and building 367 mechanical devices to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Harry married Hazel before he was sent overseas. She was originally from the Vancouver area. After the war, they moved, with their oldest daughter, to Timmins. In 1953, they returned to Vancouver with their two daughters, residing in Burnaby. The family now includes eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Harry was a huge supporter of the Air Force Officers' Association, Vancouver, BC and was one of the organizers for the Typhoon Pilots' Association. He organized reunions and trips with fellow Typhoon pilots and supporters.

Harry Hardy provided me (Anne Gafiuk) with many stories of his time as a Typhoon Pilot during the Second World War. Some have made their way to magazines (Esprit de Corps, FlyPast, Flugzeug Classic) and this website. If you would like to learn more about Harry's experiences, feel free to contact me. anne@thetyphoonproject.org

Progression Through the BCATP and then Overseas