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Bruce Pollock

  1. 1. Bruce PollockWWII R.C.A.F. Pilot
  2. 2. Personal InformationName: Bruce Leroy Parkinson PollockBorn: July 9th, 1912Place of Birth: Thamesville, OntarioCitizenship: CanadianRelationship Status: SingleReligion: United Church
  3. 3. Physical Aspects Appearance:Eye Color: Hazel Fashion/Dressed: • Flashy Physical:Hair Color: Brown • Tasteful • Healthy • Conservative • Rugged • Poorly dressed • SlenderWeight 144 lbs but neat & • Refined • OrdinaryHeight: 5clean 7 ½ inches feet • SmartHealth: healthy, physically fit, active, no injuries Traits: Intelligence: Personality:Vision •20-15 (no glasses) Quick • Domteering • Deliberate • Confident • Rambling • Submissive • Organized • Mature • Accurate • Pleasant
  4. 4. Houses Address when Enlisted: 221 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario Glebe Collegiate InstituteBruce Pollock’s House
  5. 5. HousesPermanent Address: 43 St. Catherine street, St.Thomas, Ontario
  6. 6. FamilyFather: James Alexander Pollock  Worked as an auditor for C.N.R.  Was born in Jarvin, Ontario  Was a Canadian citizenMother: Martha Lavina Parkinson  Was a Canadian Citizen  Was born in Jarvin, Ontario
  7. 7. EducationPrimary Education: St. Thomas Private-SchoolHigh School: St Thomas Collegiate InstituteUniversities: • University of Toronto – Teachers course  High School Assistance’s Certificate • Guelph University – Ontario Agriculture College  B.S.A Degree (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture) • Long Island University – Coaching school  Physical Culture Certificate  Qualified Swimming, Football, and Basketball Coach
  8. 8. Jobs & Occupations Jobs: • P.T. instructor, science teacher, & basketball and football coach for the Collegiate Board of Ottawa. • Worked at Glebe Collegiate Institute. Occupations: • Intense Rugby Player • Also played basketball, baseball, and golf.
  9. 9. Why did Bruce Pollock sign up for War? Bruce Pollock stated under hobbies that he was very fit and had already passed his examinations for lieutenant infantry which indirectly assumes that Bruce may have already bean interested in the army before the war started. He also had a very good education and had been teaching for a number of years already, meaning joining the R.A.C.A.F may have been seen to him as a break or adventure from his everyday life. At that time most English Canadians also joined the army for patriotism to represent their country, it also paid reasonably well and seeing as Bruce was in great physical condition and had good vision being “highly recommended” by the R.C.A.F. to become a pilot probably seemed like a good offer to Bruce at the time.
  10. 10. What is the R.C.A.F? The R.C.A.F. has been an Independent service since 1968 and developed originally from the Canadian Air Force which was started in 1920 it was then R.C.A.F. given the “Royal Sanction” in 1924. Badge The R.C.A.F. is responsible for all aircraft operations with the Canadian Forces. It protects all of Canada’s air space as well as providing support to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army. The R.C.A.F. is also partnered with the U.S. to form the North American Aerospace Defense Command (N.O.R.A.D.) to protect North American air space
  11. 11. Training (B.C.A.T.P.)#3 Secondary Flight Were: Their Goals In 1939 during WWII Canadians were air trained by B.C.A.T.P. training Training School in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (1942) • Calgary.To train both ground and air crews to defeat the Axis (B.C.A.T.P.). Not only did this train Canadians but powers. also other countries part of the alliance. Their were • To use Canadian and were all out their and 74 schools in totalfacilities to bring runningplan in action by September 1941. Within open land and is aopened 28 (because Canada has lots of that year they safe distance from war). B.C.A.T.P. Training new schools. By the end of the war they were using Badge approximately 230 differentplace for all those • To be a training and meeting training schools. escaping Europe. The total cost of B.C.A.T.P. was $2,231,129,039.26, Canada held all the schools and facilities along with Flying R.C.A.F. Service Advertisement $1,617,958,108.79. paying Training School (Advanced Pilots)
  12. 12. Pilots During WWII Pilots during WWII were thought in most cases to be easier than being in the army or the navy because u could always be home however pilots in WWII did not have it easy at all. WWII pilots had lots of responsibilities both pre and during flight. Before the flight they must study the rout as well as check the weather forecast, communicate with your navigator and sync your watch so it reads the same time as the navigators. During the flight they must keep a constant course and airspeed so the navigator will have the best approximation of where they are.***The most important responsibility of the pilot was to
  13. 13. Bruce’s Travel Bruce made many training school flights before finallyo In the U.K. Bruce trained and was posted with different units: England: being posted in Training Operations • Ottawa June 21st – August 4th (1941) • • Trains with A.F.U. #12 Toronto August 5th – August 20th (1941) November 3rd (1942) • • Trains with OTW #132 Trenton August 21st - September 9th th (1941) February 25(1943) • • Trains with OTW #2 September 26th – November 27thrd (1943) Belleville March 23 • Posted with OTW #2 (1941) March 29th (1943) • Posted with FTW #304 July 4th (1943) rd – January 31st (1941- • St. Eugene in Hilton, U.K. November 23 July 15th (1943)  Trains 42)  Departs from Portreath, U.K. to India July 28th (1943) • Uplands June 5th - Bahrein, (1941) th  Killed during air operation inJune 26 Egypt June 17th (194 • Charlottetown June 27th - September 19th (1941) • Halifax September 20th - November 2nd (1941)
  14. 14. Bruce Pollock died onJune 17th 1943 during anair operation in Bahrein,Egypt after disembarkingon their mission from theirbase in India.Bruce is remembered atthe Basra War Cemeteryin Iraque along with fourother Canadians. Basra War Cemetery
  15. 15. In Memory Of BRUCE LEROY PARKINSON POLLOCK (1912 – 1943)J12059, 304 (F.T.U.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force Son of JAMES and MARTHA POLOCK R.I.P. Remembered and Honored by The Basra War Cemetery