Jim was born on March 18, 1925 at Ophir, Ontario.
He enlisted in the RCAF on March 13, 1943 at North Bay, Ontario.
He trained at #1 Manning Depot, Toronto; #2 Manning Depot, Brandon; Guard Duty at Dauphin; #7 ITS, Saskatoon; #10 SFTS, Dauphin, Man.; #3 B&G, MacDonald, Man.; #23 EFTS, Davidson, Sask.
Jim received his Air Gunner wing at MacDonald in March 1944.
He was posted overseas to #3 PRC Bournemouth on April, 1944.
Trained at #22 OTU, Wellesbourne (June 29 - Aug 18); HCU Wombeldon, (Oct 2- Oct 30)
He was posted to #408 Squadron, RCAF, 6 Group Bomber Command (Cdn) at Linton-on-Ouse.
His crew consisted of PILOT- F/L A. Steeves RCAF; *NAV-F/O A.D. Rowley RCAF; *BA F/O W. Frizzell RCAF;
*WOP - P/O K.Wilson RCAF; *FE Sgt. H.E. Clark RAF; *MUG P/O Louis Basarab RCAF.
*Killed in Action
Dalag Luft Frankfort on Maine (Interrogation 8 days)
Stalag 7B Death march (Jan 15 - Feb 11/45)
Stalag 3A, Luchenwalde
On staff as O/C, #7 Release Centre, Calgary - Sept - Nov. 45; Released Nov 21/45.
Finished high school. Graduated U of T, June 1953 in Medicine. Family Physician, Gravenhurst, King City and Richmond Hill. Retired October 1992.
Married 1949 - five children - 13 grandchildren. Divorced in 1977. Re-married Marilyn Webster 4 step children and 4 step grandchildren. February 3, 2002