The Airmen's Stories - F/O J S Hart
John Stewart Hart of Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada was studying at Mount Allison University when he learned to fly at Halifax Flying Club. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1939.
He arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden in late August 1940. After converting to Spitfires he joined 54 Squadron at Catterick on 15th September and moved to 602 Squadron at Westhampnett on the 24th.
Above: 602 Squadron
Rear row L to R: F/O CB Willey MC (MO), P/O SN Rose, Sgt. A McDowall, F/O JS Hart, Brazebrook (IO ?), Sgt. J Proctor, S/Ldr. AD Farquhar, Sgt. RFP Phillips, P/O A Lyall, Sgt. GA Whipps, P/O DH Gage, F/O PPC Barthropp, Taylor (? non-BoB), P/O HG Niven.
Front row L to R: F/Lt. CJ Mount, F/Lt. RF Boyd, S/Ldr. AVR Johnstone, S/Ldr. JD Urie, F/Lt. D Jack
On 29th October Hart claimed a Me109 destroyed and on 13th November he shared a Ju88. In early 1941 he was serving with 91 Squadron at Hawkinge but then returned to 602 and then went to an OTU as an instructor.
Hart commanded 67 Squadron in Burma from May to July 1943 and 112 Squadron in Italy from April to August 1945.
He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 22nd June 1945) and released from the RAF in 1946 as a Squadron Leader.