Bill and Ruth Married Oct 21/44
Bill and Nav. from M. E. Howard Hewer
Bill was born at Winchester, Ontario on May 9th, 1917. He graduated from Glebe Collegiate in Ottawa and went to work as a Mfg’s Sales Agent in Western Ontario based in London, Ontario.
He joined the RCAF in London in June, 1940. He was posted to Toronto Manning Depot, four weeks of guard duty at Uplands in Ottawa. Back to the Eglinton Hunt Club in Toronto, St. Catherines and then on to Brantford where he received his Pilot Wing on April 8th, 1941.
He was then posted to the UK via Iceland and arrived at Uxbridge on May 12, 1941. He was then posted to an OTU at Bassingbourne, Herts and graduated in May 1941 on Wellingtons. He was then posted to 218 Squadron at Marham, Norfolk (3 Group) on Wellingtons in July, 1941. He did many raids with 218 Squadron over Europe and then was posted to Luqa, Malta and from there to the Middle East stationed at Kabrit, Landing Ground 106 and many others. His crew consisted of a variety of guys including Howard Hewer (Cdn.); Trevor Robinson;Bill White; Doug Chinery; Bob Coddington; Tony Carrolly; Joe Findlay (Cdn.); Norm Wakeham and many others while serving on 218 Squadron.
He was returned to Canada and on October 20, 1942 was posted to the RAF Operational Training Unit at Pennfield Ridge, N.B. He took a Sr. Instructors Course at Trenton on twin engine aircraft. Pennfield Ridge closed down and finally Bill was a transport pilot on Canadian Squadrons 165 and 164.
Bill left the RCAF at Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa on Jauary 6, 1946.
Bill returned to London, Ontario and resumed his career as a Mfg’s Agent in Western Ontario.
Bill married Ruth on October 21, 1944 and they have three sons, Bill Jr., David and Garth. They also have six grandchildren and everyone is in good health. April 10th, 2001