Some of Ernie’s wartime experiences are related in “Critiacl Moments”, published by the Vancouver Branch, ACA. He recalls particularly his first op. on November 25, 1943 to Frankfurt. Their aircraft arrived early at the
target and circled three times. The target indicators went down on the fourth run, bombs were dropped but on the return trip, the navigator (who had contracted malaria in the Middle East and was ill on the trip to the target) was too
sick to do his job. Ernie says “We did not have H2S and GEE was no good. I took four or five star shots to determine our position. We gave the pilot (not the one mentioned among his crew on 433 Sqdn.) our position near the French coast
just southwest of Boulogne. About two minutes later, the pilot saw the
lights of Boulogne and identified then as London searchlights. He refused to believe us and flew over the French city, shot off the colors of the day, and we received everything except the kitchen sink. They lost two engines on their Halifax, altered course and the WOP got them safely to Dunsforf in the South of England.
Ernie adds that when they landed and taxied to dispersal, the third engine quit. A footnote to that incident: The crew covered for the pilot but after one more questionable performance, the crew was split up and the pilot was not seen again by the rest of the crew.