Jim was born on November 5, 1923 at Guelph, Ontario.
He attended Elementary and High School in Georgetown.
He enlisted in the RCAF at Toronto in April 4, 1941.
He trained at #1 ITS, Toronto; EFTS, at Windsor; #3 Wireless School, Winnipeg; #5 B&G School, Dafoe, Sask.
Jim received his WAG Wing at Dafoe in 1943.
He was posted overseas to the UK in August, 1943.
Jim trained at OTU, Honeybourne, HCU Dishforth; HCU, Wombleton.
He was posted to #419 Squadron, 6 Group at Middleton St. George.
His crew consisted of Art deBreyne - Pilot; Bob Brodie - Navigator; Roy Vigars - F/E; Andy Mynarski - MUG;
Pat Brophy - Rear AG.
Jim and his crew were shot down over France the night of June 13, 1944, by a JU 88. Most of the crew escaped by baling out but Andy Mynarsky delayed his jump in an effort to extricate Pat Brophy from the rear turret, and suffered fatal injuries as a result. In the crash of the aircraft, Brophy miraculously survived. Mynarski was awarded the Victoria Cross for his valour. Jim eventually escaped from France.
Jim was demobbed at Winnipeg in September 1945.
He pursued a career in administration with Trans Canada Airlines (Air Canada)
Jim is married, with two children and four grandchildren. January 24, 2002