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Ross Stuart McHardy

Group portrait of Airmen on a plane. Flight Sergeant H.G. Richards, Warrant Officer M.J. Davies, Flight Sergeant E.R. Granch, L.A. Death, Flight Sergeant R.J.J. Duthie. Flight Lieutenant H.B. Tucker, and Flying Officer Arthur and R.S. McHardy. Image kindly provided by Neville family (February 2020). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Group portrait of Airmen on a plane. Flight Sergeant H.G. Richards, Warrant Officer M.J. Davies, Fli …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ross Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    McHardy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 402882 AWMM
    • WWII NZ402882 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 March 1916 Hanson Hanson
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs E.J. McHardy (wife) Auckland AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      "With a keen wind whipping the sea into broken-topped waves too high to enable rescue launches to operate, this captain of a Catalina flying-boat was responsible, on 30th June, 1944, for a masterly rescue of the crew of an Allied dive-bomber forced down at sea some 20 miles off Guadalcanal, The two survivors, an American pilot and his radio-man, had been located earlier, and an effort was made to rescue them but the sea was too rough to enable the prospective rescuers to put their flying-boat down, and also prevented small surface craft from operating. Flight Lieutenant McHardy was then detailed to undertake the rescue, and by his skill and courage succeeded in what seemed a hopeless task. In spite of the real risk of damage to his aircrafr, a landing was made along the top of the swell and the aircraft was allowed to drift back upon the dinghy from which the two men were picked up. Their dinghy was also salvaged and the Catalina, although damaged by the pounding it had received, was flown back to base after a skilful open-water take off. Flight Lieutenant McHardy's achivement was typical of the cool efficiency that has marked his operational flying, comprising over 100 missions in Singapore, Sumatra, Ceylon, India, New Hebrides, Tonga and the Solomons. In over 1,000 operational hours flying, he has shown exemplary skill and judgement and extreme devotion to duty." (Hanson, p. 336). AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    2 February 1993 Hanson
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  • External links
    'Masterly Rescue' Auckland Star, 26 October 1944
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM

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