Paul was born on January 14, 1918. He left high school one month short of his 16th birthday in December 1933. Worked from November 1936 for Sherwin-Williams until August 1941 when he left to enlist. He enlisted on January 10, 1942 and signed preliminary papers and ordered to take special pre-aircrew course.
He started at Manning Depot in Toronto. Then security guard at Trenton and Mountain View. Next it was to
#5 ITS Belleville, #13 EFTS, St. Eugene; #8 SFTS Moncton. Re-mustered to Air Gunner and posted to Quebec City, then to #9 B & G School, Mont Joli. He was awarded his Air Gunner wing at Mont Joli in July, 1943.
He was posted overseas to the UK in August 1943 and after being in Bournemouth two to three weeks, some forty gunners were posted direct to #1659 Conversion Unit as spare gunners for crews arriving from OTU with only one gunner.
Paul was posted to #427 Squadron in 6 Group on Lancasters. His crew consisted of: F/O Ed Milton, RCAF(pilot). F/O R.H. Lagerquist, RCAF (Nav.); Sgt. J.M.Newman, RCAF (B.A); Sgt. Tim Green, RCAF (WAG); Sgt. John Walker, RAF (F.E.); Sgt. D.R. Buckler RCAF (MUG).
“On the night of February 20, 1944, we were marshalled for take-off to Stuttgart. The second aircraft ahead of us received the green light and lumbered down the runway with its full load of bombs and petrol. We knew most
of this crew because the two pilots were friends. Thirty seconds later there was a terrific explosion and a huge sheet of flame as the aircraft crashed. It was a little disconcerting to take-off ninety seconds later over the same flight
path and realize that seven of our friends were lost there less than two minutes earlier.
“We were attacked by a twin-engined fighter while on the bombing run over Stuttgart on the night on March 15/16, 1944. The enemy a/c damaged our port fin and rudder and set both port engines on fire. We dropped bombs immediately and anltered course for Switzerland in case we had to bale out. We had a second attack, this time by a JU 88, two to three minutes later, he set fire to our starboard outer engine. My guns were inoperative during both attacks. Our mid-upper put up a brilliant defence both times. I could see his tracers bouncing off the fighters and neither one returned to pursue their quarry. By now, with only one engine serviceable, we were down to about 10,000 feet and losing height rapidly , so the skipper gave the order to bale out. None of us were wounded and we all got out. Five of us were captured immediately in and around a small villlage. I was captured within one minute by a crowd of about thirty men and boys whom I could see from the air, running across the field to greet us. The skipper was caught the next day, the B/A was loose for a week. I spent the next thirteen month in three different camps but was released by British troops while on the march on April 19, 1945. Returned to England April 23. 1945.
Paul was demobbed on October 1, 1945 at Toronto.
He was married on January 14, 1946 to Louise and have four sons and a daughter.
January 11, 2001