Hardman, James Donald Innes

Date of birth:
December 21st, 1899 (Oldham/Lancashire, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
March 2nd, 1982 (Estoril, Portugal)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
No. 19 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1918
Action:
"A bold and courageous officer who has shown most praiseworthy devotion to duty, both in the March retreat and during the more recent operations. On 30th October, while escorting a bombing raid, he, with his flight, encountered some 40 enemy machines. In the combat that ensued he shot down two, and it was mainly due to his cool judgment and skill in leading that the flight inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, destroying five machines and driving down another out of control. In all, this officer has seven hostile aircraft to his credit destroyed or driven down out of control."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 22 Group, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1940
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Action:
"For distinguished services rendered in recent operations."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing Commander
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1941
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Air Commodore
Unit:
No. 232 (Transport) Group, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 5th, 1945
Action:
"For gallant and distinguished services in connection with the operations in Burma."
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Air Vice-Marshal
Awarded on:
March 15th, 1946
Action:
"In recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war."
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Rank:
Acting Air Marshal
Awarded on:
June 5th, 1952
Details:
HM Birthday Honours
Commander of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB/DCB)
Rank:
Air Chief Marshal
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1958
Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)

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