Fred was born in Toronto on March 12, 1912. He was educated at Riverdale Collegiate and North Toronto Collegiate. Joined Rolland Paper Company following graduation. At the outbreak of war, Fred was a trained signaller
with the militia - 30 th Battery, RCA. He comes from a family dedicated to defense of their homeland - his father and several uncles served in WW I
Fred was joined in the service by one sister and three brothers.
Fred joined the RCAF at Toronto on October 10, 1940. Trained at #1 Manning Depot, Toronto; guard duty , at Trenton; #1 ITS, Toronto; #9 EFTS St.Catherines; #5 SFTS Brantford and received his Pilot Wing on June, 1941.
He was posted to CFS at Trenton; CTS Trenton; #1 ANS Rivers; #2 ANS Pennfield Ridge, NB; #14 Squadron, Rockcliffe and Sea Island, BC (P40 Kittyhawks); #14 Squadron, Fort Glenn, Umnak, Alaska; #1 GRS Summerside, PEI: then to the UK.
In the UK he trained at #28 EFTS Wolverhampton; #14 AFU Banff, Scotland and Dallachy, Morayshire.
He was then posted to #58 Squadron, St. Davidís, Pembrokeshire, Wales and Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland flying Halifax IIís on anti-submarine patrols. Fred also took part in the Channel operations in support of the Normandy invasion, June 1944. He was selected for conversion on B-24 Liberators and was posted to #56 EU to New York, and then to #111 OTU Nassau, Bahamas.
In June 1945, Fred was posted to #1 Repatriation Depot, Lacihine, PQ, then #1 Air Command, Trenton. In July he was posted to Mount Hope, presumably to prepare for Liberator operations in the Far East. Fred was discharged from the service effective February 12, 1946.
After demobilization, Fred rejoined Rolland Paper Company where he served in total 42 years. He became Ontario Sales Manager and for the final ten years, Advertising Manager and Public Relations Counsellor in Montreal. After retirement, he founded his own firm, ďH.Fred Heather and AssociatesĒ in the field of communications.
Fred and Eleanor married in June 1945. Eleanor died in July, 1993. Fred has one son.
Fred is a popular member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and can be found frequently in the billard room. He is a skilled photographer and his name appears from time to time in aviation magazines in the course of seeking former comrades or responding about wartime friends or incidents. The April/May 1991 issue of Air Force contained a letter of some interest to Fred. A correspondent from the UK referred to an incident at Sea Island, BC in 1942 when a Kittyhawk was in collision with a Bolingbroke. The Kittyhawk evidently suffered category B damage, the Bolingbroke category C. (Both aircraft survived the war and are in Illinois and Alberta, respectively. The correspondent expressed interest in locating a P/O Heather, who was the pilot of the Kittyhawk, and crew members of the Bolingbroke. No mention of the cause of the accident, the results of any inquiry or the penalties meted out, if any! May 29, 2001