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By Ken Stofer
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Biography of William Henry Muncy
Wing Commander, Pilot, No. 43 Squadron RAF, RCAF
I think it was my friend
Frank Speed who told me about Capt. Seymour-Biggs. Frank went to
The Captain arranged for me to complete an application for enlistment in the B.C. Police and to have an interview with the assistant commissioner who recommended me. The Captain also arranged a medical examination for me, the results of which were recorded on the same form. I still have this document.
I was 21 years
of age when I left in the summer of 1938.
My friend John Moloney and I traveled to
We arrived in
We went up to
From the recruiting centre we were sent to R.A.F. Station Cardington and spent three months square-bashing. Discipline was very strict and it was hard work. We had very little free time, as every evening was spent polishing brass and blanco-ing webbing. Not that free time would have meant much, as on two shillings a day one could not afford to do much away from the station. I remember having the odd beer in the NAAFI at four pence per pint. Woodbine cigarettes could be purchased in packets of five for two pence. That was about all we could afford.
graduating from Cardington my friend and I were transferred to R.A.F. Station Manby, which was the
From Manby I was sent to join the armament section of #43 Squadron then based at Tangmere. My friend John Moloney
also went to Tangmere to join #1 Squadron. This was in April, 1939. On the outbreak of war #1 Squadron was
#43 was transferred to Acklington in Northumberland
in November, 1939. The only
outstanding incident I remember from this sojourn was the shooting down of a Heinkel 111 by my flight commander Peter Townsend. It was, I believe, the first aircraft
shot down over
1940 my squadron was again moved to R.A.F. Station Wick, at the northern tip of
occasion a section of the squadron was scrambled to intercept an aircraft
In April, 1940 I was posted away from the squadron and this ended my close association with flying for the time being. I was given further training to upgrade my qualifications to fitter armourer and senior armament instructor. I was promoted to sergeant and spent the time as technical instructor until my pilot training commenced in December, 1941.
through another square-bashing course in Newquay,
We embarked on
a little troopship called the Letitia, in July,
1942. Although this was at the
height of the
a year in
came yet another flying course at an Advanced Flying Unit, (Little Rissington).
This was really just another SFTS. I think that by this time the R.A.F.
was no longer desperately short of pilots and decided to opt for better
training, particularly in flying over wartime
I was sent to
This brought me to the end of the war in May, 1945. During this year I did manage to get
over to 8 Group and do a trip to
Owing to my
long service overseas I was repatriated to
I remained in the RCAF until the summer of 1965, my retirement becoming effective in Feb. 1966. I retired a Wing Commander.
----- William Henry Muncy
Copyright 2007 Ken Stofer, All Rights Reserved
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