Bill was born on April 12, 1926 at Toronto. He came right out of Malvern Collegiate to join the RCAF.
Bill enlisted at Toronto in October, 1943 (age 17 1/2).
#3 B&G School at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba where he received his AG wing on April 21, 1944.
He was then posted overseas and trained at #22 OTU, Gaydon; #1664 HCU at Dishforth.
Bill was posted to #428 Ghost Squadron, 6 Group at Middleton St. George.
His crew consisted of: Pilot - A.D. Sandy Mutch; Navigator - J.M. “Mac” Day; BA - C. “Bar” Basant (deceased) WAG - L.H. “Herb” Pierson; Rear AG - Vic Truman; F/E - Steve Cannings; MUG - Bill Whiteside.
Bill says that his ops were near the end of the war. He and his crew were on some very big daylight ops - as well as 10 night trips. He says that they “had fun” with the 262s!! “Being mid-upper, I was always a little concerned when I heard the BA taking us in on the target”, Bill reports. “Opening the bomb-bay doors and looking up and seeing the plane above opening its bomb-bay doors! Those gaggles were effective but seeing those block busters drop very near our craft did give me a little heart flutter. Give me the night trips any time.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Bill was demobbed at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on September 1945.
Bill entered the insurance business in 1948 with Continental Casualty Company. Stayed 10 years, then tried it on his own for one year, then joined Marsh & McLennan Ltd. where he stayed 30 years ending up as managing director.
Bill has been married to Mary for 41 years: they have three children and two grandchildren.
Bill golfs at Scarborough Golf Club and has been a member of the Lions Club for 31 years at time of writing.
February 7, 2002