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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. M T Hare


Maxwell Templeton Hare, one of seven children, was born on 30th August 1921 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of John Hare (1878-1954) and Margaret Hare (nee Taylor 1878-1929) and stepson of Letitia Hare of Portsmouth.

He attended Belfast Methodist College.

He was employed in the Markets Dept. of Belfast Corporation when he joined the RAFVR about July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he went through his training at 13 EFTS White Waltham, then 21 Course, 10 SFTS from 10th June 1940 to 7th September 1940 and 5 OTU till 4th October.

He was then posted to 245 Squadron at Aldergrove.



In June 1941 he was aboard HMS Furious, one of a contingent of Hurricanes bound for Malta. There was a serious incident as the aircraft were flown off where one hit the superstructure and its long-range tanks burst into flames. Several RAF and naval personnel were killed and many injured. Hare was one of those killed but whether in the crashed aircraft or another on deck is currently unclear.

He is buried in Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery.





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