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World War 2 RCAF Pilot Bob Farquharson


Thu Oct 03, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
60 mins


Lillian H. Smith

We are lucky to be able to present a talk with World War 2 veteran Bob Farquharson. During the war, he was stationed in Northern India. From there, he piloted planes over the Arakan (or Rakhine) Mountains to get supplies into Burma (now Myanmar) for the allied forces fighting the Japanese. The plane flew low down to 300 feet to air drop whatever was needed from eyeglasses or eggs to ammunition and rifles.

The Air Force warns crews to never fly into a cumulonimbus cloud, but in this area it was unavoidable. When Farquharson found his plane being tossed down by the cloud, he could not pull it out of a nosedive. But as he says, "That's what happens in the monsoon clouds and you had to fly no matter what."

Co-presented with and sponsored by Historica Canada's Memory Project.


Adult • School-Age Children • Teen


History & Genealogy