Glen Whitcomb Taylor

Glen Whitcomb Taylor

F/L Glen Whitcomb Taylor was one of the district's far-sighted young men who began to prepare for his role in the Second Great War months before the conflict officially began. Early in the spring of 1939 P/L Taylor began flying at the Brant-Norfolk Aero Club and after receiving his civil and commercial flying licenses, he enlisted in the R.C.A.F., at Hamilton on July 15, 1940. He began his training at Trenton as an elementary flying instructor and was then posted to Malton, where, at the A.O.S., he instructed until the spring of 1942. He was then transferred to Dunnville where he officially obtained his wings. He pursued his role as teacher when he was moved to the staff of the Instructors' Flying School at Arnprior continuing this work until June, 1943. Then began his career as a fighter pilot and, after taking the courses at Uplands and Bagotville schools, he was moved overseas in October, 1943, after more than three years of continuous service in Canada. He had completed many operational flights over enemy territory when, two days before Paris was captured by the Allies, August 23, 1944, and as part of the Red Indian Spitfire Fighter Squadron, he lost his life over Forfry, France, and was later buried there. The only child of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Taylor, Cainsville, Glen was born in that community on December 13, 1920. He attended the Cainsville Public School and graduated from the Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. He attended Cainsville United Church. He was married to the former Miss Margaret McGraw and they have a small son, Cameron Edward.

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