So close to peace: The untimely deaths of Second Lieutenant MacHardy and Lieutenant Rodger

Four men, two wearing civilian clothing and two wearing RCAF uniforms, stand outdoors beside a plaque mounted on a stand.
Captain Tom MacHardy, grand-nephew of Second Lieutenant Alexander William MacHardy; Colonel Normand Gagné from RCAF headquarters in Ottawa; Mr. Jacques de Ceuninck, and Mr. Willy Decuir, bourgmestre of Froidchapelle, unveil the Parks Canada “Hometown Heroes” plaque at the site where Second Lieutenant MacHardy was shot down and died on November 10, 1918. PHOTO: DND

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Second Lieutenant MacHardy was born on June 3, 1894, and worked as a teacher before joining the Royal Flying Corps (which became the Royal Air Force (RAF) on April 1, 1918) on November 10, 1917. He went through ground school in Borden, Ontario, and completed flight training on the Curtiss JN-4 Canuck in Fort Worth, Texas’ Camp Taliaferro. He received his wings and was promoted to second lieutenant on April 8, 1918, before going overseas to fight. By November 1918, he was with No. 20 Fighter Squadron, RAF, stationed at Iris Farm near Clary, France.

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