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The Making of a WWII RCAF Fighter pilot – First Flight – July 22, 1942

Updated post 10 November 2020

This first chapter was published two years ago. Today the son of Flight Lieutenant Ken Williams contacted me. 

I believe my father flew with squadron 416 toward the end of the war.
He didn’t talk a lot about the war, but did mention his friend Larry Spur from time to time, and I see on this website that name. I am wondering if you have any information on my father F/L Ken Williams Spitfire pilot.


Ken Williams

Flight Lieutenant Ken Williams’ son spotted his father. He is seen behind the propeller.

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All the information you need to know will be on these first pages.

These are taken from Gordon McKenzie Hill’s logbook carefully scanned by Clarence Simonsen.

This is the first page of the logbook. Gordon Hill is taken on strength at No. 4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec.

His first flight is on July 22, 1942. Sergeant Cochand is flying Tiger Moth DH82E serial number 8929.

As always, I wonder what happened to the people whose names appear in a logbook.

What about Sergeant M. Cochand?

What about Tiger Moth 8922?

Tiger Moth #8922 was built at Downsview, Ontario in 1942. It saw service with No. 12 EFTS, Goderich, Ontario and No. 4 EFTS, Windsor Mills, Quebec until 1945, when it was sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force Association. The Tiger Moth was then stored for over 25 years. The Museum acquired the aircraft through George Neal, then a de Havilland Canada test pilot. The Tiger Moth was donated to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum by John Weir in 1973. A five year restoration program followed before the Tiger Moth returned to the skies once again.