Harvey was born in Toronto on July 14, 1921. He attend Winchester P.S. and Central Technical School majoring in Graphic Arts.
He enlisted in the RCAF on May 11, 1941 and began his training at Manning Depot, Toronto and then some guard duty at St. Thomas. Back to Toronto for Intial Training School; #12 EFTS at Goderich and then #5 SFTS at Brantfor receiving his Pilot Wing on August 28, 1942.
He was posted to Flying Instructor Shool at Trenton. Then to schools at Moncton, Weyburn, Sask.; and Haggersville, Ontario.
Aircraft flown were Finch; Ansons I, II, III, IV and V; Cessna Crane; Harvard; Cornell and Tiger Moth.
Harvey remembers several hair-raising experiences during his flying career. In December 1941, prior to wings parade at Brantford, he crashed in a Mark II Anson and spent months in Christie Street Hospital in Toronto. He returned to Brantford, graduated and went to Trenton for Flying Instructor training. At Haggersville, while flying with a student in a Harvard on aerobatics, Harvey found that the tailplane jammed in a climbing attitude. From 5,000 ft., he wrestled with the controls and recovered below 1,000ft. He was put on charge but was cleared when it was revealed that an airframe mechanic had left a wooden spacer on top of the wire controls for the tailplane. Harvey left undescribed a number of other hairy incidents of take-offs and landings with students in Harvards. He was one of the unsung and indispensable instructors of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, many of whom died carrying out their duties.
Harvey left the RCAF at Toronto on March 28, 1945.
Night School courses, U. of T. (Sales Advertising and Business Management. Went into creative graphic arts, sales promotion campaigns, catalogues, annual reports etc.
Married Evelyn Anna on February, 1943 and they have one son. March 22, 2001