My Dad passed away a few years ago but even though he is gone I still say "Thanks" to him and all the service personnel who fought for our freedom in the great Worlds Wars I and II.
My Dad was a Pilot/Navigator in the RCAF in WWII. He flew in a Liberator Plane shown below. He was stationed in Egypt, India and Ceylon with the 160 Squadron RAF. In Ceylon, they were in the jungle, the air fields cut right into the middle of it. These big planes had scarce room to land.
- 160 Squadron was originally formed at Thurleigh in England on Jan. 16, 1942.
- The ground crew were posted to the India on February 12, 1942, arriving without their aircraft.
- The squadron's aircraft were flown to Palestine in early June, 1942, from where they carried out raids on Lybia and Crete.
- Aircraft started leaving for India in October; some aircraft remained and were absorbed into 178 Sqn.
- Initial operations in India were patrols over the Bay of Bengal.
- The squadron moved to Ceylon and was engaged in shipping protection flights, minelaying, and photographic reconnaissance over Sumatra and the Nicobar Islands.
- In June 1945 the squadron converted to special duties, dropping agents and supplies over Malaya and Sumatra.
- After VJ day the squadron carried out transport duties.
- The squadron was returned to England on June 15, 1946 where it briefly converted to Lancaster GR3's until disbandment on Sept. 30, 1946
- The squadron only flew Liberator aircraft; Mk's II, III, V, VI, and VIII during WWII.
This officer has displayed unbounded enthusiasm during nearly 1,000 hours of flying time, 500 of which were on actual coastal operational duty. He has shown highly commendable spirit and devotion to duty, and has set a fine example for his brother officers by the cheerful, thorough and uncomplaining manner in which he has carried out any task which was given to him. A very outstanding young officer whose spirit and ideals deserve recognition.