Book of Remembrance - Volume  I


Flight Lieutenant William George Davis

Royal Canadian Air Force

Son of George A. and Isabel Davis, of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada , age 21, died on 30-Mar-1945. He was based in Holland and was killed while leading a section of four Typhoons on an armed recce over enemy territory. F/L Davis was on his 96th operational sortie at the time of his death.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): R142733 WO I Johnson, K.R., a new pilot was posted in from 83 G.S.U. to boost our strength to 28 pilots, although this was decreased to 27 in the afternoon when J29881 A/F/L W.G. Davis went missing,  presumed killed on the last operation of his first tour. This was quite a blow to the Squadron as Bill was a most congenial type with loads of mirth and humour and was very confident all through his tour that he would finish. He carried out 96 sorties totalling 106:00 operational hours and giving a grand total of 1180:40 flying hours. We can only pay Bill the highest tribute for his keen attempts all through the tour to do a good job and once he got over the 50 mark he put himself all out all the time in giving the sproggs as much Gen as possible on Ops and he never deviated from this practice.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): F/L "Mac" McCully observed three MET below and went sown to make an attack followed by J/29881 F/L W.G. "Bill" Davis; Mac pulled up after a couple of squirts and noticed flak around his and Bill's aircraft followed by a flash under the midsection of the latter's kite. F/L Davis was then seen to do three slow rolls from about 500 feet and subsequently crashed and exploded at map reference B.6894.

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

J/29881 F/L W.G. "Bill" Davis is buried at HOLTEN CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands  Grave Reference: IX. H. 5. 

Location: Holten is a village 20 km east of the town of Deventer, on the main road from Amsterdam to Bremen in Germany. Following the A1 motorway exit at the Holten junction and joining the N322. Passing a sign post for Holten continue along the N332 until reaching a sign post for Holtesberg. Follow sign posts for Holterberg until reaching a roundabout which has a Commission direction sign directing visitors towards Molenberterweg. This road leads onto the first right hand turning onto the Holtenbergerweg. The Holtenbergerweg leads onto a non metallic track called Wullenbergweg. After following the track to its end turn left and the cemetery lies 50 meters further on the left hand side.


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