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Maurice Edward Hunt 202 SquadronMy Dad served with the RCAF, RAF and USAAF during WWII. His name was Maurice Edward Hunt. He was trained in Regina at the #15 Efts and then in York or Yorktown canada where he was awarded his wings.
It depresses me to come to the conclusion that he is part of the Lost Legion. He was born October 29, 1920 in Lancaster, Washington, USA. I have no idea if he used an assumed name while in the RCAF. I think not as someone did find some personell cards in his name.
He was shot down twice, flew Night Fighters and Spitfires among other aircraft. He had many ribbons which he wore on his USAF uniform but they have vanished. He was discharged from the RAF in 1943. He served as a waist gunner with the USAAF for the rest of the war. I have two photographs of him wearing an american uniform with RAF wings. Also in his air cadet uniform and two newspaper articles on about his fourth oak leaf cluster while serving as a gunner on an B-17 an another about his being shotdown. was with the 202 squadron, 11 group, Bigin Hill. Also that he trained to fly spitfires at Grangemouth, Scotland. Also this is copied from his records: 30 Dec 40 to 3 Mar 43 RCAF & RAF Service Plt Sq Leader, 122 Aerial Missions; 320 Combat Hrs. 5 En Planes shotdown.Dayna Hunt
Sgt. Richard Frederick Marshall-Hardy 202 Sqdn.My father, Richard Marshall-Hardy was born 1919 in Bradford, Yorkshire. He lived with his parents in London. He joined up in 1939 as wireless operator/aircrew, rank LAC, flying London II flying boats on anti-submarine patrol based between Gibraltar and Malta.
He was shot down by two Vichy French Curtiss fighters 40 miles off Casablanca in the Atlantic. Both Canadian pilots were killed, but my Dad and one crew member survived for five hours before being picked up by a Vichy French submarine. He was taken to Casablanca. Then, over several weeks, he was transferred over the High Atlas mountains to a disused Legionnaire Fort near Zagora in the Draa valley. Dad was there for six months before being transferred to Laghouat POW camp in Algeria. He was a POW from September 1940 to November 1942. After liberation of North Africa and repatriation home, dad spent three months in Morecambe hospital and was briefly in the UK (when I was conceived!).
Then in January 1944 he was convoyed across the Atlantic to Canada where he learnt to fly, based in Moncton, Bowden, Medicine Hat, Gimli. He remained as an instuctor and returned to UK (Kidlington) in May 1945, with Bomber Command. He flew on the Berlin airlift and continued in the RAF till 1962, reaching the rank of Squadron Leader. I'm very proud of him!Richard Marshall-Hardy
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