With the onset of the Second World War, Molson became a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and served in England with the No.1 Fighter Squadron.
During 1940, Hartland de Montarville Molson flew on 62 missions during the Battle of Britain. In October, after 62 missions piloting a Hurricane, Molson was wounded by a German aircraft but was able to escape by parachute. Back in Canada to recover, Molson engaged in a large conference tour to generate increased war effort. Appointed Commander of No. 118 Squadron, he became Officer in the Eastern Air Command. He also assumed command of RCAF Stations Dartmouth, Moncton, Weyburn and Saint-Hubert.
He then moved to RCAF Headquarters in Ottawa, in charge of personnel. After the war, he retired as Group Captain and was awarded the OBE. Appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1955, he was also President and Chairman of the Canadians Hockey Club and in 1973 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame!
Born: 29 May 1907, Montreal, QC
Died: 28 Sept 2002
Awards: OBE, OC, OQ