I wrote this in November 2013. I think the time is right to post it now since Cathy, Gil’s daughter, wrote me that her father’s logbook is nowhere to be found.
This is one of the first posts I wrote on this blog.
It was about Gil Gillis.
This is the caption with this picture found in Greg’s grandfather’s photo album…
Gil Gillis Pense, Sask
Now this is what I could find from the 403 ORBs about Gil Gillis.
Sunday, March 25, 1945
Another heavy day of flying, and not much slack time amongst the Squadron. Five operational trips, all patrols completed. Uneventful. F/O F.B. Gillis force landed amongst the paratroopers and gliders across the Rhine, and was seen to land safely. Word came through that he was safe, and would be returning to the unit.
Tuesday, March 27, 1945
A very dull and foggy day, no flying carried out in the Squadron. The day was spent in dispersal checking maps and following the movements of the ground troops across the Rhine. F/O F.B. Gillis returned to the Squadron, none the worse for his experience of the 25th.
Friday, May 11, 1945
No operational flying to-day, but a lot of practice formation flying was done in the area. A beautiful warm summer day and the swimming pool is now in use. A grand place to spend a hot sunny day. F/L L. Foster, F/L J.C. McLeod, F/L R. Morris, F/L R.A. Morrison, F/L F.B. Gillis, F/L J.W. Gilmartin, F/O R.C. Shannon, F/O Leslie have all been slated for repatriation with the decrease of the Squadron which will soon come into effect. P/O G.K. Lindsay has been recommended to be taken off the Squadron for non-Operational flying.
Monday, May 28, 1945
The weather still unsettled, but warming up considerably. Posting advice for F/L F.B. Gillis has been received for repatriation to Canada. He will be leaving May 31st. More practice flying, but not enough to keep the fellows fully occupied. The Squadron is hoping for a move into more civilised parts soon, anywhere away from the desolation of the airfield.
All the above information comes from Airforce.ca Website.
He did have a story about getting shot down and stealing a car from the Germans and driving it back to where he was stationed. He had most of the German uniform he stole from the chauffeur that was with the car. The ring, cigarette case, sword, etc. and at one time talked about a German Luger (?) gun.
March 1945 excerpt