Herbert was born on April 14, 1912, at Madawaska, Ontario.
He was educated to matriculation level at West Hill High School, Montreal. Took as special course for electrician.
Herbert enlisted in the RCAF on August 1940 at Montreal.
His training included #2 Manning Depot, Brandon; #2 Wireless School, Calgary and #3 B&G School, Macdonald, Manitoba. He graduated from Macdonald as a WOP/AG on August 18, 1941.
(Herbert had some frustrating delays before getting into proper training. Because his records showed some electrical training, he was held back at Brandon as part of the instructional unit, missing several drafts out.
When he did get a posting, it was to the B&G School at Macdonald, on gurard duty. This B&G was not quite ready for training at the time. He remembers the cold, some frigid outdoor out houses, and a heightened sense of security with spies imagined behind every hangar. He was posted to Wireless School in Calgary where, in those days, very superficial training was given on antiquated wireless sets converted from army use (R1082-T1083). What flying took place was in Tiger or Fox Moths or Norseman aircraft.
Morse code practice was the major part of the training. Back in Macdonald, Herb received his WOP/AG wing, lots of firing at drogues from Fairey Battles and more classroom work.
Herb was demobbed in July 1945.
Back on “civvy street” Herb resumed his training with further courses in electrical subjects. Following a period in construction, he joined General Foods, retiring as a foreman.
Herb lost his first wife after 35 years of marriage and re-married in 1983. He has one son from his first marriage. His second wife died in 1999.
Herb says that all four members of his Hudson crew survived the war but two members of his Fortress crew have subsequently died. Fifteen members of #59 Squadron are still accounted for, nine having shown up a few years ago at the Winnipeg reunion.         January 28/2002