Bishop, Gordon (Eugene)

Rank Flying Officer
Service # J/22393
Unit # R.C.A.F.

Gordon was educated in Highgate and attended high school in Ridgetown. Upon completion of high school Gordon went on to the University of Toronto where he studied aeronautical engineering. A good athlete he was also involved in many university activities including public speaking and theatre.

F/O Bishop enlisted in August of 1941 in Vancouver, BC. entering service on 29 December, of that year. He trained at Edmonton, Calgary and Regina and Fort William receiving his wings at Yorkton, Sask. on 29/12/42. Gordon left for England from Halifax landing in England 13/02/43. Gordon was a member of the Iroquois Squadron adopted by the town of Simcoe.

Age: 24, KIA – Date of Death: 29/12/1943, on Operations target Berlin, in Halifax bomber # LK 701 over Berlin, Germany. Did not return from night Ops. There were two other 431 Squadron aircraft in the same area on this date.

A memorial service was held for F.O. Bishop at the Palmyra Baptist Church, the service conducted by Rev. Harvey Merritt, built around the text “The eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the the everlasting arms. (RIN 29/08/12).

In his eulogy to F/O Bishop, Mr. J. W. Edwards, former principle of the Ridgetown High School he concluded with the following remarks, “As a consolation, there is the thought that if ever a cause was good, if ever the sacrifice of young life could be justified, it is the crusade to rescue Europe and civilization from the tyranny of Nazi domination.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sources RIN (29-08-2012), “ Palmyra Memories July 1, 2002” – Reunion Book Honour Roll, “Orford Story 1827 – 1977”. Index of Overseas Deaths.
Supplemental Information Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead, Grave/Memorial Reference: 8. F. 12. Cemetery: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY. “ Palmyra Memories July 1, 2002” – Reunion Book Honour Roll. “Orford Story 1827 – 1977”. Index of Overseas Deaths. . “They Shall Not Grow Old”. Ridgetown Dominion (date unknown) includes a photo. Son of John A. and Ada Storey Bishop, of Muirkirk, (Johnson Side road), Ontario, Canada.

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