George was born in London Ontario on September 17, 1923. His mother was English and his father a disabled Canadian W.W. 1 veteran. He had two older brothers and later a younger sister.

He completed Public School and a High School Interm standing before entering a 5 year Apprenticeship at the C.N.R. London Carshops on November 16, 1939.

History 1

Getting restless George enlisted in the R.C.A.F. on September 25, 1941 as a W.A.G. Put on leave without pay until posted to Manning Pool, at Brandon Manitoba; Taken On Strength on November 11, 1941. While there made it home for a 5 hour visit on Christmas Day 1941. Was later hospitalized with Scarlet Fever. On release attended and passed an abbreviated education course upgrading to Pilot Officer classification. March 14, 1942 on Guard Duty at Long Branch Racecourse: April 24, 1942 posted to #6 Initial Training School at Toronto. (While on course received word that brother F/S Robert W, Hexter R68055 WAG and crew were Killed In Action on his 24th op with 405 Squadron.) Posted to #12 Elementary Flying School at Sky Harbour, Goderich. Selected for Bomb Aimer training at #9 Bombing and Gunnery School at Lethbridge, Alberta. June 12, 1942 at #2 AOS Edmonton (very cold there) graduated as a Sgt. Bomb Aimer. Left Canada aboard the Queen Elizabeth troop ship and landed in the UK on March 17, 1943. Posted to #9 AFU N. Wales then to #14 OTU at Cottesmore. Then 1654 Con. Unit Wigsley (Sterling, Halifax and Lancasters.) Then to 619 Sqadron  at Woodhall Spa. (This would be the first of four stations George would serve on with 619, Coningsby, Dunholme Lodge, Strubby, a record for a Canadian aircrew, I believe. There were Canadian Radar mechanics also on all the stations.