Early in 1917, James Donald Innes Hardman joined the Royal
Flying Corps. Commissioned in May of that year, he was too young for combat and had to
wait until February 1918 before he was posted to 19 Squadron. Flying the Sopwith Dolphin, he scored nine
victories and became a flight commander. When the war ended, Hardman left the Royal Air
Force but rejoined in 1921 and eventually attained the rank of Air Chief Marshal.
Following a distinguished career, Sir Donald Hardman retired from the Royal Air Force in
1901 residence, Delph, Saddleworth, Yorkshire
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) James Donald Innes
A bold and courageous officer who has shown most praiseworthy devotion to duty, both in the March retreat and during the more recent operations. On 30th October, while escorting a bombing raid, he, with his flight, encountered some 40 enemy machines. In the combat that ensued he shot down two, and it was mainly due to his cool judgment and skill in leading that the flight inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, destroying five machines and driving down another out of control. In all, this officer has seven hostile aircraft to his credit—destroyed or driven down out of control.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919 (31170/2040)