Most Memorable Operations
Bill mentions: Kiel - “Blue beam” flak, managed a Mayday at Croft with no petrol left; Bergen - most atrocious weather ever experienced; Neuss - a “FIDO” diversion; Osnabruck - where they bombed at 4000 feet lower than the bomber stream and were “riddled”; Duisberg - two ops in one day; and Duisberg again - 3rd time, crash-landed at Carbaby on one wheel and three engines.
Bill was born at St. Catherines on July 14, 1921 passed Grade 13 and was employed with the Bank of Montreal. He joined in the RCAF at Toronto in May, 1942. Manning Depot, Toronto, #1 I.T.S. Toronto, E.F.T.S., St. Catherines, S.F.T.S. Camp Borden, B&G School Jarvis, A.O.S. Malton. Awarded Bomb Aimer wing at Malton on October 1943.
Posted overseas to Advanced Flying Unit at Bishopcourt, Northern Ireland, O.T.U. at Honeybourne, H.C.U. Topcliffe, RAF Bombing Ananlysis School (Workshop), RAF Air Armament School, Manby - Bombing Leader’s Course. Posted to #431 “Iroquois” Squadron at Croft.
Bill was retired from the RCAF at Moncton in November 1945. He received a B.Comm. (Queen’s) and C.F.A. at University of Virginia.
Bill and his wife Marjorie have five children and 6 grandchildren.