Booth, Gordon Birchell

Rank Flying Officer
Service # J2146
Unit # R.C.A.F.
Resident Wallaceburg

Gordon enlisted 6/09/1942 and trained at Trenton, Paulson, MN., Winnipeg, Portage La Prarie and Chatham NB., graduatingĀ  as a Flt. Sgt. Bomb Aimer 18/10/1942. He received his commission as a Pilot Office 20/10/42 and Flying Officer 20/05/43. His wife and children had moved to Winnipeg to be closer to Gordon before he would be posted overseas. Going overseas in January of 1943 to Bournemouth, England.

While on operational training at Number 12 OUT (Operational Unit Training) in Vickers Wellington Mk III bomber #Z 1721, shortly after takeoff the aircraft caught fire and crashed and blew up at Edgehill, Compton Wynyates, Warwickshire, England killing all of the crew. DOAA 16/06/1943.

Beside F/O Booth, Flt. Sgt. Phillip Griffith, 416761 RAAF age 21; P/O Thomas Wilkie Adam (Nav.) J21975 RCAF, age 22; Sgt. Kenneth Edward Troake (AG) 1708058 RAF age 19; were also killed in the crash.

  1. Booth is buried at Banbury Cemetery, grave # 11644, Oxfordshire, England.

Afa: WHS-HR, CVWM, NRT., VIS-IODE, TSGNO, IOSD, Nancy Reay.

booth gordon birchell

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sources NRT, VIS-IODE, TSGNO, IOSD
Supplemental Information Born 22/10/1912 in Eaton, Colorado, son of Bert and Jemina (Jane) (nee Doan) Booth of Wallaceburg, the brother of Captain M. L. Booth Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, Lieut. B. F. Booth RCN, sisters Hazel (Starks), Midred (Dean) and Gertrude (Loudon). Married to Helen E. (nee Decker) 20/06/1936, they had two daughters, Thais 5 Ā½ years and Diana 16 months. and were living at 315 Nelson St. Wallaceburg. Prior to enlisting in Windsor, ON. Gordon was working for the Dominion Sugar Co. in Wallaceburg. Gordon was living in Findley, Ohio from 1937 to 1939 as a field man for Great Lakes Sugar Co. and was living in North Baltimore, Ohio before his enlistment in the RCAF. r Co. in Wallaceburg.

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