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  Flight Sergeant William Lloyd Fulford - 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit  
 

Flight Sergeant William Lloyd Edwards Fulford- RCAF

 

 

William Lloyd Edwards Fulford, known as Lloyd, was born in Clinton, Ontario, on September the 12th 1923. 

He enlisted in the RCAF on the 30th December 1942, his postings included:

 

Basic training at No 1 Manning Depot, Toronto.

No. 23 Pre-Aircrew Education Detachment University of Toronto

No. 6 Initial Training School, Toronto (AC2,AC1,LAC) September 21st 1943

No. 8 Bombing & Gunnery School, Lethbridge,Alberta December 1943 to March 1944

No. 2 Air Observer School, Edmonton,Alberta, graduating as Air Bomber on May 19th 1944

No. 3 Air Graduate Training School, Trois Riviere, Quebec

July 1944-Shipped overseas from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the “Isle de France” to No 3 Personnel Receiving Centre, Bournemouth, England

No 1 Advanced Flying Unit(Observers) - Wigton,Scotland

October-December 1944-No 20 OTU Lossiemouth/Elgin Scotland (Course 108 “A” Flight) where he joined the crew of Flying Officer I.W.Sumner and flew in Wellington Mk.X

In January of 1945,the crew were granted six weeks leave as there were no posting vacancies at an HCU and he spent his leave in London.

Assigned to No4 Battle School at RAF Acaster Malbis, February 1945.

March 15th to May 14th 1945-No 1663 HCU, Course No 11, ”D” Flight at RAF Rufforth in Halifax Mk III

Promoted to Flight Sergeant

May 24th-June 19th 1945-No 1668 HCU, Course No 22B “B”Flight at RAF Bottesford, Lancaster B.I/III

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The crew consisted of:

 

Name Service Trade Hometown 
F/O “Bill” Sumner  RCAF Pilot London, Ontario
Sgt Jim “Jock” Oliver  RAFVR Flight Engineer Edinburgh, Scotland
F/O Jim O’Neil  RCAF Navigator London, Ontario
F/Sgt William Lloyd Fulford  RCAF Bomb Aimer Clinton, Ontario
F/Sgt T. "Yogi" Merchant  RCAF W/Op/AG Toronto, Ontario
W/O Harry Armstrong RAAF M/U  Gunner Allendale, Australia
F/O Bill Gordon RCAF Rear  Gunner Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

 

After June of 1945 the crew was to split up and some returned home to Canada. F/Sgt Fulford remained overseas and had volunteered for Tiger Force as well as taking part  in relief food  drops  into Rotterdam, Holland in a scratch crew. In August 1945 he attended the Canadian Repatriation Depot at Torquay and embarked home to Canada in January 1946.

F/Sgt Fulford in Bomb Aimer's position in a Halifax.

After the war he returned to his studies and obtained his B.A, from the University of Western Ontario in 1952,his Bachelor of Education in 1954 and his Masters in 1957.He became a school teacher and principal. On August the 20th 1949,he married Lilian Dobson and settled in Oakville, Ontario in 1950.

Their daughter Linda was born in 1959,followed by son Robert, (a Toronto Fire fighter for twenty years), in 1962 & another son Douglas in 1963.

The crew held a reunion in the early 90’s and remained in frequent contact until Lloyd and his Navigator passed on. Three of the original Canadian crew remain.

William Fulford passed away on July 7th 2002.

 

 

 Photo courtesy of the Bill Sumner and Bob Fulford, research by Linda Ibrom.