The Airmen's Stories - P/O N Hart
Norris Hart was born in Montreal, Canada, the son of Robert Shaw Hart (1879-1951) and Mary Ann Hart (nee Welsh).
He was brought up in Hamilton, Ontario. He learned to fly at the local Aero Club, rising to become an instructor.
Intending to apply to Trans-Canada Airlines for appointment as a pilot, Hart spent two years at a flying school and technical college in California in preparation.
Back in Canada, he made his application but after a considerable time without a reply he applied for a short service commission in the RAF.
The day after he enlisted he received an offer from TCA.
Hart arrived in Liverpool on 16th July 1940 aboard the Duchess of Atholl, having embarked at Montreal.
He was posted to 242 Squadron at Coltishall on 18th July 1940. Lacking Hurricane experience, he went to 5 OTU Aston Down for further training. After converting to Hurricanes he rejoined 242 on 12th August.
He claimed a He111 destroyed on 30th August, a Me109 on 15th September and two Ju88s on the 18th.
Hart did not return from a combat with Me109s off Sheerness on 5th November 1940 in Hurricane P2806, no-one in the squadron saw him go down.
He was 25 and is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 8.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.