William George Whitton

William George Whitton

F/O William George Whitton, son of Mr. George Whitton and nephew of Miss E. Bradley, 23 Queen St., Paris, was killed on his 20th bombing operation in a plane crash in Belgium on the night of February 4, 1945, and was buried near Vielsalm. He had been overseas since June, 1943, and was previously wounded when forced to bail out of his plane after a raid on Berlin on January 20, 1944. He was a mid-upper gunner in a Halifax bomber in the Bluenose Squadron, R.C.A.F. After reaching the target and dropping the bomb-load, the plane ran into a curtain of flak and was badly damaged. F/O Whitton had been awarded membership in the famed Caterpillar Club and wore the small gold caterpillar, emblematic of the Club, on his wing. Born in Paris, on September 8, 1923, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Whitton, William attended the Paris Public and High Schools until 1940 when he found employment at the Scarfe and Company, Ltd., Brantford. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F., in September, 1942. He was a member of St. James' Anglican Church.

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