One of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots has died aged 102

Picture of a Spitfire

Squadron Leader John Hart served in 602 Squadron as a spitfire pilot died recently.

Tributes have been paid to a 102-year-old WW2 veteran who played his part in ensuring Germany did not invade Britain.

Squadron Leader John Hart's death has sparked a flurry of tributes after he became one of The Few, the brave men who defeated the Luftwaffe and should be remembered for his bravery.


David Brocklehurst MBE, chairman of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, said: “John was the archetypal Battle of Britain pilot – very modest and ­self-effacing, the epitome of what they stood for.

"He should be remembered for his bravery. Many of these men said they were not heroes, just doing their duty, but we see them all as heroes. Sadly, they are a dying generation and there are only four of The Few still living.

“It makes it all the more important that we carry on their legacy, as there will be a time when they will no longer be able to do so. What they achieved must never be forgotten.”

John was a Canadian from New Brunswick, who joined the RAF on a short service commission in 1939 before WW2 broke out. He learned to fly Spitfires and fought with 54 Squadron at Catterick and then 602 Squadron.

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