Frederick was born at Revelstoke, B.C. on January 31, 1924 - 2001
He graduated from Revelstoke High School and won a scholarship to University of British Columbia in Chemical Engineering, but quit to join the RCAF in which he enlisted at Vancouver in 1942.
He was posted to #3 Manning Depot at Edmonton; #4 I.T.S. at Edmonton; #24 Elementary Flying School at Abotsford B.C., #7 Service Flying School at McLeod, Alberta. He received his Pilot’s Wings at McLeod.
He was now ready for advanced training and was sent to #3 Operational Training Unit at Patricia Bay, B.C. and
# 1 G.R.S. Summerside, P.E.I.
He was then posted to #5 BR and also served with #116 BR squadrons stationed at Yarmouth, Halifax, Sydney N.S. and Torbay, Nfld. His crew members consisted of: Ron McClymont; Davie Stern; Joe Kunkel; Bill Bailey; Gaston Leclair; Charlie Saunders and Bill Esau.
Fred says “Sometimes, I think that Coastal Command was a piece of cake, but in retrospect, it wasn’t “ His #116 Squadron was the only one in Canada with Leigh light equipped PBY Catalina/Cansos - “ a great kite that brought us through a few shaky does in winter over the North Atlantic.” Fred was demobbed at Vancouver in Sept. 1945.
Received a B.A. in 1947, M.D., C.M. McGill 1951; Diploma in Psychiatry, McGill 1956, F.R.C.P. (C) 1956. As a member of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, Fred was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
Fred and Helen have five daughters, all McGill graduates with a variety of degrees - an M.D., a M.S.W., a B.Sc. in Nursing, a B.Com, C.A., and a B.Com., M.B.A.
Fred is a long-distance member of the A.C.A., Metro Toronto Branch, attends the Commonwealth Aircrew Reunion in Winnipeg, and meetings of the PBY Catalina International Association to whose newsletter he contributes material.