Leader W. H. Adams, DFC
J5783 Squadron Leader William
Houghton Adams was born in Toronto, 1917 and attended St. Andrew's College
from 1928 to 1935.
Upon his return from the war,
Bill completed his law degree at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, and served on
the Board of Governors of St. Andrew's. He spend most of his working career
in the residential real estate business. He was married to Dorothy Margaret
and had two sons, and one daughter.
Enlisted in Toronto 19 September
Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated
23 January 1941)
No.2 EFTS (graduated 1 April
No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 June
415 Squadron 29 December 1941
Was with it off and on until
26 July 1943 when posted to Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Headquarters.
Photo PL-7905 shows him with
F/L J. R. Sumaner of Hamilton.
He died on August 17, 1989
in Muskoka, Ontario.
"In May 1943,
this officer was pilot of a bomber detailed to attack a convoy off the
Frisian Islands. The largest merchant vessel in this convoy was successfully
attacked in spite of anti-aircraft fire. In July 1942, this officer
attacked and sank an enemy merchant vessel near the Dutch coast and in
November 1942 he made a successful attack on an escorted merchant vessel
in the Bay of Biscay. Throughout all his operational missions this pilot
has displayed keenness and devotion to duty."
Award effective 1 July 1943
as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943
and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27