Presentation on theme: "By: Grayam Gourlay. Bob grew up in Long Branch, Ontario (just west of Toronto) He had one sister His parents owned a General Store in Long Branch."— Presentation transcript:
By: Grayam Gourlay
Bob grew up in Long Branch, Ontario (just west of Toronto) He had one sister His parents owned a General Store in Long Branch
1939, at 16 Years old, he enlisted in the RCAF Started by learning how to fly the Harvard Did training runs along Georgian Bay
Joined Squadron 602 (City of Glasgow) Flew the Supermarine Spitfire
-Sept :First auxiliary airforce -1933: first to fly over Mount Everest -1938: changed its role of light bomber to fighter unit -1938/1939: Received Hawker Hectors, replaced with Gloster Gauntlets, then Spitfires -October 1939: First shots over Britain
First auxiliary equipped with Spitfires
Rommel-commander of all German forces in the invasion of Normandy Heading back to front lines Ken Charmy alerted allies Squadron 602 claims to have attacked Rommel RAF awarded Squadron 602 with this incident. Many other claims.
Flew dawn patrols Flew convoy patrols Flew bomber escorts into France and Belgium Conducted skip-bombing Served in the Orkney Islands Along the English Channel from Cornwall to Sussex
Losing the Spitfire in the English Channel Bombing the train yard.
3 squadrons (Numbers 132, 453 and 602) briefed to escort 108 Marauders bombing Deurne in Holland. Rendezvous just off Dutch coast. The operation was carried out to plan. Bombing was good. Very light inaccurate flak. No enemy fighters up. Weather was good over Holland. Bad weather when squadrons took off. Weather cleared by the time the wing returned.
April 27 th, 1944 Bob was detached from 602 He was with 602 for 20 months
Bob moved back to Long Branch, Ontario Met Pauline Laboret Married on September 11 th,1948 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Worked for Exide Batteries for many years and was the Vice President when he retired
Adopted a baby boy named Douglas Bolton 2 years later adopted a baby girl named Robin McMillian Changed their names to Garth and Leanne Gourlay
Brought Bob to the Warplane Heritage Museum Bought Bob an hour of flying time in a Harvard
Bob had pneumonia from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) Bob passed away Feb 2 nd, 2008 Pauline followed a year and a half later from cancer