Most Memorable Operations
March 1943, intercepted by enemy fighter as we left Essen. Badly damaged, limped home one engine, crash landed at Woodall Spar, Lincs. Hospitalized RAF hospital at Rauceby. Awarded immediate DFM. (In 1945 Bob was also awarded the French Croix-de-Guerre).
Shot down near Dijon on March 3, 1944. Three of crew were killed, three were POW’s. Bob evaded successfully and was hidden in the Cote d’Or, France. The “Underground” supplied false I.D. and travel documents. After walking over the Pyrenees and eventual release by Spaniards to the British Air Attache in Madrid, flew back to England from Gibraltar about May 1, 1944. Returned to ops from June/44 to May/45.
Bob was born on May 9, 1923 at Toronto. He attended Brampton Public and High Schools.
He enlisted on May 1941 in Toronto. Did his Manning Depot in Toronto, his ITS at Toronto; #4 AOS London; B&G School at Fingal; Astro Nav. School at Pennfield Ridge, N.B. and received his Observer Wing, Jan. 1942.
Posted to UK, March 1942; AFU Dumfries, Scotland; OTU Kinloss, Scotland. Served on Ingham, Lincs; Lakenheath, Suffolk; North Creake, Norfolk on squadrons #199 and 171, RAF. Bob had several different crews because of wounds and shot down on first tour.(22nd trip.)
Bob was demobbed at Dartmouth in March, 1946.
Joined Armstrong Brothers construction in April, 1946 and remained until retirement.
Bob married Kathleen McKillop of Brampton, March 13, 1947 and they have a son Thomas Victor and a daughter Lorie Louise.