Greg sent me these pictures.
They were taken in Uetersen, Germany in 1945.
The war is over.
I told Greg when we met in September that I wanted to reach out and find relatives of each person whose name would appear in his grandfather’s photo album.
Two pilots were identified by his grandfather in these latest pictures.
The first one is Billy Gould who I strongly believe is William Irvine Gould.
I found this pilot’s obituary on the Internet.
William Irvine Gould 1921-2008
William Irvine Gould, son of the late Fred and Ruby (Kaine) Gould, born July 31, 1921 in Marysville, NB and died November 2, 2008 at the Veterans Health Unit in Fredericton.
Survived by his wife of 53 years, Doreen (Boone) Gould, sons Fred (Calgary), Bill Jr. (Gail) (Fredericton) and Douglas (Donna) (Dartmouth), five grandchildren, Andrew, Nicholas, Samantha, Brittany and Daniel as well as one great grandchild Jeremy.
He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews and a sister in law Lilyan Gould of Kingston NS. He was predeceased by his parents, as well as, brothers Donald and Murray and an infant daughter Kathryn Elizabeth.
Bill was attending UNB at the outbreak of WWll and joined the RCAF in June 1940. After pilot training, Bill received his wings at Uplands, Ottawa in February 1941. From there, he was stationed at the Central Flying School in Trenton, ON where he was a flying instructor.
This posting would set the pattern for his career as a pilot in both the RCAF and the RAF. With time out for a tour with 128 Fighter Squadron in Sydney, NS and Torbay NL, a tour with 443 Squadron in Europe flying Spitfires, and 4 years as a test pilot with Central Experimental and Proving Establishment, his flying career was made up of instructional tours while stationed at Summerside PEI, Moncton NB, Centralia ON and Bagotville PQ.
In June 1944, four years to the day after joining the RCAF Bill sailed from Halifax on the New Amsterdam. He spent the summer in Gloucestershire England watching and listening to hoards of bombers as they made their way across the English Channel or the North Sea as they made their almost nightly raids on Germany.
In September 1944 he was posted to 57 OTU at Eshott and its satellite Boulmer in Northumberland County where he flew Spitfires.
From there he was posted to 443 Squadron, 127 Wing.
He arrived in Brussels Evere in the fall of 1944 and began operational tours in December 1944.
Every few weeks the wing moved to a new airfield close behind the army who were rapidly advancing eastward across Europe.
Bill’s last flight of the war was in 1945 to a target very near the Danish border. In Bill’s oft spoken words, “I was one of the lucky pilots who was never shot down or had an aircraft badly damaged except for one occasion when a bullet passed completely through my aircraft, and another time when a piece of anti-aircraft shrapnel punched a large hole in my oil radiator. I was able to make it back to base both times.”
Bill returned to England from Brussels in 1945 and finally back to Canada in 1945 where he re-entered UNB. While attending UNB, Bill was offered a 4 year extended service commission with the RAF so in 1947 he was off again to spend 3 years at the Central Flying School located at Little Rissington. There, they trained instructors for many of the Air Forces of the world, including Egypt, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, and Siam. He spent the final year instructing on Meteors at RAF Station, Middleton St George.
Upon returning to Canada he applied to re-join the RCAF and was offered a commission as a flying officer. He was posted to Number 1 OTU at Chatham NB. From Chatham he moved to Ancienne Lorette where he was a test pilot with Central Experimental and Proving Establishment at CARDE (Canadian Armament Research and Development Establishment) where they did the test firings of the “Velvet Glove” missile as well many other classified projects. From there he was posted to Moose Jaw SK for yet another stint as an instructor. He spent the last 2 years of his military career in Penhold AB where he was Station Flight Safety Officer.
Bill’s flying career spanned 25 years during which time he flew 29 different aircraft including Spitfires, Mosquitos, Lancasters, Mitchells and 5 types of jets. Bill retired from service in 1964 and since then he and his wife Doreen have attended many fighter pilot reunions all across Canada. Following his Military career Bill worked with both the Federal and Provincial governments until his retirement in 1978. He was actively involved in both federal and provincial politics and ran as a candidate in the 1967 provincial election. Bill was a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4, Fredericton RCAF Association, Canadian Fighter Pilots Association and SPAADS (Sabre Pilots Association of the Air Division Squadrons), and a Life Member of Fredericton Golden Club.
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Select Community Funeral Home, York Street, Fredericton. Royal Canadian Legion Tribute will be held Tuesday, November 4th at 7PM followed by visitation. Memorial Service, will be on Wednesday, November 5th at 2PM from McAdam’s Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Thompson will officiate. Interment will take place in All Saint’s Anglican Cemetery, Marysville. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Veterans Health Unit, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Cancer Society or to any charitable organization of one’s choice will be appreciated.
William Gould was not with 403 Squadron but with 443 Squadron.
Two Spitfires of 443 Squadron take off at radio-mast height of flying control van in Holland.
National Defence Image Library, PL 43156.
Walter Neil Dove and William Irving Gould probably met somewhere else during their service with the RCAF.
I will tell you more next time.
It’s all about another squadron.
Meantime, to learn more about 443 Squadron, click here and here.