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Harold James Hurley

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Harold James Hurley

December 16, 1943

Berlin, Germany

Military Service


Service Number:

J/19164

Age:

33

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

426 Squadron

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, Bomber Command Bar.

Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 8 October 1946. Bomber Command Bar, awarded 2013.

Additional Information


Born:

December 19, 1909
St. Eugene, Ontario

Enlistment:

July 15, 1942
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of John Robert and Marguerite (née Marguerite Leduc) of Kingston, Ontario. Brother of Edward and Cecil Hurley.

Commemorated on Page 173 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

16. J. 8.

Location:

Hanover Military Cemetery which adjoins the HANOVER WAR CEMETERY is reached via the A2 E30 motorway from Dortmund to Berlin. At the junction with the B441 turn right onto the B441 and follow signs for Hanover, Ahlem and Seelze. After 7 km turn right onto Seelzestrasse leading towards Harrenburg. After 5 km and having entered Harenburg turn left onto Harenberger Miele. The Hanover Military Cemetery and the HANOVER WAR CEMETERY are located 3 km after leaving Harrenburg in the direction of Hanover.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Harold James Hurley– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Harold James Hurley– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Cross
  • Memorial Cross (Inscription)
  • Photo of Harold James Hurley & Cecil Vincent Thomas Hurley– Pilot Officer, AG (Air Gunner),  Harold James Hurley (right facing), #426 Thunderbird Squadron, with brother, Cecil Vincent Thomas Hurley (left facing), #419 Photographic Squadron, taken while both posted at Dishforth, Yorkshire Airfield, England 1942.
  • RCAF Air Crew, #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire)– Pilot Officer, AG (Air Gunner), Harold James Hurley, J19164, (wearing RCAF issue sweater), with Air Crew, #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire), 7th Bomber Squadron, in front of Lancaster Mark II aircraft, #DS 846, “Old Black Magic”.  Harold Hurley, age 33 and crew were killed in action December 16, 1943.  Target: Berlin, Germany.  Shot down by a German night fighter aircraft during night operations against Berlin Germany.

Photograph credit: Cecil Vincent Thomas Hurley, Sargent First Class, RCAF #419 Photographic Squadron, brother of Harold Hurley.  Taken at Dishforth, Yorkshire Airfield, England, 1943.
  • RCAF Air Crew, #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire)– Pilot Officer, AG (Air Gunner), Harold James Hurley, J19164, (wearing RCAF issue sweater), with Air Crew, #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire), 7th Bomber Squadron, in front of Lancaster Mark II aircraft, #DS 846, “Old Black Magic”.  Harold Hurley, age 33 and crew were killed in action December 16, 1943.  Target: Berlin, Germany.  Shot down by a German night fighter aircraft during night operations against Berlin Germany.

Photograph credit: Cecil Vincent Thomas Hurley, Sargent First Class, RCAF #419 Photographic Squadron, brother of Harold Hurley.  Taken at Dishforth, Yorkshire Airfield, England, 1943.
  • RCAF #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire)– RCAF #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire), 7th Bomber Squadron, in front of Lancaster Mark II aircraft.

“Old Black Magic”. – Pilot Officer, AG (Air Gunner), Harold James Hurley, J19164, (second from left), with Air Crew, 7th Bomber Squadron. Harold Hurley, age 33 and crew were killed in action December 16, 1943. Target: Berlin, Germany. Shot down by a German night fighter aircraft during night operations against Berlin Germany. Photo credit: Cecil Vincent Thomas Hurley, Sargent First Class, RCAF, R111409, #419 Photographic Squadron, brother of Harold Hurley. Taken at Dishforth, Yorkshire Airfield, England, 1943.
  • RCAF Air Crew, #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire) in front of Lancaster Mark II aircraft,– Pilot Officer, AG (Air Gunner), Harold James Hurley, J19164, (second from left), with Air Crew, #426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire), 7th Bomber Squadron, in front of Lancaster Mark II aircraft, #DS 846, “Old Black Magic”. Harold Hurley, age 33 and crew were killed in action December 16, 1943. Target: Berlin, Germany. Shot down by a German night fighter aircraft during night operations against Berlin Germany.

Photographic credit: Cecil Vincent Thomas Hurley, Sargent First Class, RCAF #419 Photographic Squadron, brother of Harold Hurley. Taken at Dishforth, Yorkshire Airfield, England, 1943.
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB, Canada … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Harold James Hurley is also commemorated on the RCAF Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB, Canada … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Harold James Hurley is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB, Canada … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Harold James Hurley– Uncle Hal” while "on leave".
  • Group Photo– Softball Team 1935–  Harold Hurley, “Uncle Hal”, All-Star Baseball Champion and Pitcher.

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