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Martin, W.

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Bobcaygeon man’s son loves “X-Ray” Bomber – Old ship has checkered career

One of the luckiest aircraft ion the RCAF bomber group overseas is a huge 4-engined Halifax bomber, which carries the name “X-Ray.”

Among the ground crew are three Ontario lads, LAC Wallace Martin of Bobcaygeon; LAC Jim MacDonald, of Ferndale, and Sergt. Jim MacMillan, of Alexandria, Ont.

This bomber is a unit of the Ghost Squadron, headed by Wing Commander David French, of Hamilton. “X-Ray” enjoys the reputation of being the champion aircraft of the squadron, and much of her good fortune is due to tireless energy and devotion of the ship’s ground crew.

X-Ray has made 34 trips over enemy territory without a turnback, has no non-starts, still has her 4 original engines and the same tires. Her skipper is Flying Officer Norman Brown, of Fort Q’Apelle, Sask. As far as the ground crew is concerned, they figure it is their aircraft and take a personal pride in its welfare. At times they work continuously for 24 hours at a stretch to keep the bomber in tip top condition.

We’ve never had an aircraft like it, declared W.C. French. The ground crew has done a magnificent job

LAC Martin is a son of Mr. Thos. Martin, of Bobcaygeon.

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Genealogical Resource
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Date of Publication:
31 May 1944
Personal Name(s):
Wallace Martin
World War II Service Files
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.55012 Longitude: -78.54955
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Martin, W.