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  Flying Officer Bill Gordon- 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit  
 

Flying Officer Bill Gordon- RCAF

 

 

Bill was born on April the 4th 1922 at Sault Ste.Marie,Ontario.

He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army(B138742) on January the 11th 1943  completing basic training as a Bren gunner in Newmarket, Ontario.

Transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force on January 5th 1944

Trained at No 9 Bombing & Gunnery School, Mont Joli, Quebec as an Air Gunner on Fairey Battles.

Commissioned on July 14th 1944 as Pilot Officer(J47017)

Shipped out to England aboard the Aquitania

Promoted to Flying Officer

Joined the Sumner Crew at No 20 OTU. 

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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

 

 Bill met his future wife while overseas with the RCAF, LACW Alcie Doreen (Bayliss) (born on August 10th 1924 at Oldbury, Worcestershire). Alcie had joined the WAAF on August 22nd 1941 (Service number 2062529) and she was a MT driver at RAF Elgin. They married at Redditch on January the 9th 1945 with the whole crew attending the wedding. Their daughter Gail was born overseas in November 1945,and after Alcie  came to Canada in April 1946,a daughter Linda was born in 1947 followed by son Jim in 1950.

Bill and Alcie's wedding photo.

 The Gordon’s have resided in Bill’s hometown of Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario. Bill retired in 1982, from Inter City Truck lines after 25 years of driving transport trucks .The Gordon’s enjoyed over 60 years of marriage, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Sadly Alcie passed away in 2005 and  and Bill passed away in May of 2010.

 

 

 

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