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Sgt Raymond Henry “Ray” Hardy

Sgt Raymond Henry “Ray” Hardy

Holderness, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 24 Apr 1944 (aged 24)
Thurgau, Switzerland
Burial Plymouth, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 51537361 · View Source
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Raymond Henry Hardy was killed in action April 24, 1944. He was born in Holderness December 16, 1919 to Henry and Carrie Hardy. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He was a top turret gunner and aerial engineer on a B-17 bomber. He has a brother, Richard Hardy, also in the U.S. Army in Europe.

Plymouth Bomber Gunner Gives Life Over Europe.

Plymouth was saddened this week with another war casualty announcement by the War Department that Sergeant Raymond Henry Hardy was killed in action April 24 in the European area.

Mrs. Carrie Hardy, mother of Sergeant Hardy, received a telegram Sunday evening regarding her son's death. It read, "The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regrets that your son, Sgt. Raymond H. Hardy was killed in action on April 24 in European Area. Letter follows. Dunlop, Acting Adjutant General."

Sergeant Hardy, son of Henry and Carrie Hardy of Plymouth, was born in Holderness December 16, 1919. He attended Plymouth High School. He was employed in Plymouth before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps, October 13, 1942. He received his basic training at Miami Beach, Florida, Amarillo Texas, gunnery school, Pyote, Texas, and in Arizona, and was shipped overseas from Nebraska in February. After graduating from the gunnery school, and upon receiving his wings, he gave them to his mother. He reached England about March 1st.

Raymond was a top turret gunner and aerial engineer on a B-17 bomber, and had taken part in several raids in the European area. He participated in his first important raids in France on March 27 and 28, when 57 Nazi planes were destroyed, and severe damage was done to 12 German airfields and other targets. The third raid in which he took part saw U.S. airmen shoot down 39 German planes in air battles as the Reich was hit through clouds.

Sergeant Hardy's younger brother, PFC Richard Hardy is serving with the U.S. Army with a supply contingent and has been somewhere in England since last September. Shortly after Raymond's arrival in England, the brothers had their first reunion in 18 months.

Mrs. Hardy received a letter from Raymond just a week ago, dated in England April 22. He stated he was sending her a gift for Mother's Day and hoped she would like it. Mrs. Hardy has already received a Mother's Day gift from her younger son, Richard. It was in the form of a bracelet made from British coins.

Sergeant Hardy is survived by his parents and brother, a grandmother, Mrs. Minnie Morse; two grandfathers, Herbert Morse and Forrest Hardy; three aunts and more distant relatives.

The deepest sympathy of the community is extended to the relatives of this young war hero who gave his life for his country. >The Plymouth Record, March 11, 1944, p1.


Memorial Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church for Sgt. Raymond Hardy, son of Henry and Carrie Hardy who was killed in action April 24th in the European area. The services were largely attended and there were many floral tributes. Members of the Otto L. Durand Post attended. Rev. A. Otis Beach, pastor of the Methodist Church presided at the services.

Sergeant Hardy was a top turret gunner on a B-27 Bomber and took part in several raids in the European area last spring. Ray enlisted in October 1942 and following training in this country he was sent to England about March First. Sergeant Hardy's brother, PFC Richard Hardy has recently been transferred from England to France. The Plymouth Record, September 14, 1944, p1.

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Raymond H Hardy | New Hampshire | Sgt 407 AAF Bomb Sq | World War II | Dec 16 1919 April 24 1944




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 51537361
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Raymond Henry “Ray” Hardy (16 Dec 1919–24 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51537361, citing Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by BL Hughes (contributor 46868943) .