Ernest was born in Toronto on March 3, 1924. He attended public school in New Toronto, Secondary School in Mimico, followed by a business course and employment with Anaconda American Brass.
He joined the RCAF in Toronto in May, 1943. Trained at #1 Manning Depot, Toronto; #4 Manning Depot, Quebec; ITS, Toronto; #4 B&G School, Fingal; #4 OAS Crumlin where he received his Air Bomber Wing
in March, 1943.
He was posted to the UK in April 1943. He trained at #3 (0) AFU. Bobbington; #24 OTU Honeybourne and # 1659 HCU Topcliffe. He was posted to #428 Squadron at Middleton St. George; #433 Squadron Skipton-on-Swale.
His crew: Pilot - C.A. Appelton; Navigator - M.Dobson; F/E-T. Hobbs; WOP - Vic Swimmings; MUG - H.Edwards
Rear Gunner - R.Wallace. Of this crew only Ernie, the pilot, navigator and flight engineer survive - they were reunited in 1991 in Ernie’s home.
Ernie was demobbed in Toronto in April, 1945.
Ernie followed a number of university extension courses in accounting, credit management, purchasing, salesmanship, personnel management and industrial factory management and others. He became office and plant and plant manager, and credit manager during his career with Anaconda American Brass.
Ernie and Lorna Forrester were married in April, 1945. They raised three sons and a daughter, all now married, and they have six grandchildren. After 45 years in Port Credit, Ernie and Lorna sought the quiet life and moved to Cambridge. January 15, 2002