Commander Willis “Bill” Hardy – VF-17 Ace in a Day over Okinawa


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Bill HardyBill Hardy served as a Hellcat pilot in the VF-17 fighter group. His first action was over Iwo Jima, taking out artillery positions on Mt. Suribachi that were firing on the incoming Marines. Over Okinawa he shot down five kamikazes in one day on April 6, 1945 and took down two more Japanese planes later. He is a Navy Cross holder.

Dates of Interview: Multiple between 2011 and 2015

Interviewer: Heather Steele

Affiliation: Old Bold Pilots Oceanside

Format: Standard Definition Video

Length: 362 minutes

Transcribed: Yes

Bill’s Obituary

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