Canadian-born member of the Few leaves us

The Trust has learned that another of the Few, Squadron Leader John Hart DFC, who lived in Vancouver, Canada, has died.

Sqn Ldr Hart, who was the eldest of the known survivors of the Battle of Britain, at nearly 103, was born in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, in September 1916. He died on 18 June this year.

He learned to fly at the Halifax Flying club before moving to England and joining the Royal Air Force on a short service commission.

On 12 July 1940, just two days after the start of the Battle of Britain, then Pilot Officer Hart joined 613 Squadron at Netherthorpe, but after converting to Spitfires he went on to fly with No 54 and No 602 Squadrons.

On 6 March 1941, by then a Flying Officer, Hart moved to No 91 Squadron at RAF Hawkinge, just a few miles away from the Battle of Britain Memorial here at Capel-le-Ferne.

Later in the war he served in India, Egypt and Italy and he won the DFC in 1945, leaving the service a year later as a Squadron Leader.

After the war he returned to Canada and worked in real estate in Vancouver. He retired in 1976.

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