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    Default M W Hartford (Pilot) A & A E E

    I am trying to find details on a former test pilot at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A. & A. E. E.), Mr Maurice Walter Hartford. He was at A & A E E in early/mid 1943, having flown a tour with 214 Squadron in 1940/41.

    He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in July 1939, and ended the war as a Flight Lieutenant DFC (Service Number 42223). I believe he later became a commercial airline pilot.
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    Hi there,
    From "The Aeroplane" Directory of 1951;
    Sqn Ldr Maurice Walter HARTFORD, DFC, RAFO. Freelance test pilot since 1948. Test pilot at Boscombe Down and Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. Pilot on maiden flight of Handley Page Hastings, 1946.
    How's that? I knew the book would come in handy one day.
    Doug.
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    Thanks Doug, thats great. I did find mention of a Hartford in relation to American aircraft so that might be explained by his association with Wright Field.

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    Hartford also has two entries in Air-Britain's 'K Flight Testing Accidents 1940-71' (5 Jun 43 & 3 Jul 43). You may have seen already?

    The 1948 edition of 'Who's Who in British Aviation' shows:

    ... b Oct 6 1915. Educ Imperial Service College, Windsor. With Bulaway Light Plane Club, 1937-38; served in RAF 1939-45; With Bomber Command 1940-42, completing 76 operational sorties; test pilot, A and AEE, Boscombe Down, and at Wright-field, Dayton, Ohio, USA, 1943-45; pilot on maiden flight of Handley Page Hastings, 1946. Add Civil Air Test Section, A and AEE, Boscombe Down, Amesbury, Wilts. T.: Amesbury 3121 [tho he's probably not answering!]

    Errol

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    Thats great Errol, many thanks. No I dont think he will answer, I found out that sadly he died in 1974!

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    Hartford was posted briefly to 40 Squadron from 3 November 1940 to train pilots converting from the Blenheim to the Wellington Ic, using a dual control aircraft. In his recollections of service on the squadron the late Group Captain Hugh Lynch-Blosse mentions that he was the first pilot converted to the new type, and that Maurice Hartford had the nickname 'Lech'. Hugh was at a loss to say why. Could it be short for 'Lecher'?

    I am fairly sure, also, that M.W. Hartford is the F/O Hartford who crops up in Volume One of Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean (p.47), belly-landing a Wellington IC of 148 Squadron on 30 March 1941.

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    Hi Airman

    214 Sqn:

    P/O Hartford flew 18 ops as co-pilot to F/O J L Beck between 5/7 and 12/9/1940, and 11 more ops (plus one failed to take-off) as pilot, with P/O Wetherly as his co-pilot, between 8/9 and 28/10/1940.

    Hope this might help. Another piece of the puzzle?

    Ian

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