We would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Squadron Leader John Stewart Hart, one of the last of the Few, who passed away on 18 June 2019.

John was a Canadian from New Brunswick, who joined the RAF on a short service commission in 1939 before the Second World War broke out. He learned to fly Spitfires and fought with 54 Squadron at Catterick and 602 Squadron in Westhampnett.

As well as fighting in the Battle of Britain, John served as a Flight Instructor, before being deployed to Burma and Italy in the later years of the war, where he commanded 67 Squadron and 112 Squadron respectively.

He was released from the RAF in 1946 and returned home to Canada after logging nearly 1,500 hours. John was the last surviving Canadian airman to have fought in the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940.

Nick Bunting, Secretary General of the RAF Association, said, “The passing of Squadron Leader John Hart is especially poignant, as he was the last surviving Canadian among the glorious Few.

“John fought in the Battle of Britain alongside more than 100 of his fellow countrymen, and many of them did not survive the battle. The whole country owes them, and Canada, an eternal debt of gratitude to the part they played in this decisive victory.”