Five Canadian Aviators among RAF casualties
Two Canadians with the Royal Air Force are reported killed in action, two are missing and a fifth is a prisoner of war, according to word received by the families from the British Air Ministry yesterday.
The two airmen who lost their lives in France were Pilot Officer Robert Laird Hill, whose parents live in Sintalute, Sask., and Pilot Officer James W. Mitchell, 21, Toronto-born son of a noted military family.
Missing are Flight Lieutenant Harry Thomas James Anderson, 28, of Winnipeg, and Flight Lieutenant John Sullivan, 26, of Guelph. Acting Flight Lieutenant G. D. Clancy of Semans, Sask., is a prisoner of war in Germany. This information was obtained through the International Red Cross Society at Geneva.
Pilot Officer Hill joined the R.C. A.F at Vancouver and transferred to the R.A.F in February, 1939. News of his death was received in Vancouver by an uncle, S.E. Hill.
The death of Pilot Officer Mitchell occurred on May 25, according to the official notifications. His father Charles Mitchell of Kirkfield, was a lieutenant in the Royal Air Force in the first Great War. The late Major C. Grace of Toronto, a veteran of Canadian military engagements, was an uncle. A brother of Pilot Officer Mitchell, Peter is at a wireless operating school in England.
Young Mitchell attended St. Andrew's College for two years and worked in the Bank of Montreal before going overseas in May, 1938.
Word that his son was missing was received yesterday by Joseph Sullivan, Macdonnell Street, Guelph. No details were contained in the message. Flight Lieutenant John Sullivan a graduate of Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute left Guelph in 1935 and served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Ottawa before going overseas. He became a pilot in the R.A.F and only a few months ago was promoted to the rank of flight lieutenant. He was born at Smiths Falls.
Flight Lieutenant Anderson was reported missing following air force operations May 19. His parents received word to this effect, in Winnipeg. Anderson was born and educated in Manitoba and joined the R.A.F in 1934, serving two years. He was a pilot with Imperial Airways in England when called up for service last year.
In his last letter to his parents Flight Lieutenant Anderson disclosed he had piloted Premier Paul Reynaud and War Minister Edouard Daladier of Franco from London to Paris, April 10, following a war conference in London.
Acting Flight Lieutenant G. D. Clancy, a prisoner of war in Germany was first reported missing. In a message to his mother, Mrs. P.I. Clancy of Semans, Sask., the British Air Ministry advised that he had been taken prisoner following air operations a few days ago.