BCATP RCAF TRIBUTE SERIES
F/O James Gordon Hillman
F/O James Gordon Hillman
James Gordon Hillman F/O(N) J21914

From Elrose, Saskatchewan. Killed in Action Feb. 25/44  age 27. #408 Goose Squadron (For Freedom). BROTHER to Donald Ernest Hillman. Lancaster aircraft # DS844 was shot down twelve miles souith of the target during night operations against Schweinfurt, Germany. Flying Officer Navigator Hillman has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham Surrey, England.

Crewmates: Sgt. A.J. Emerson, P/O.s H.N. Cunliffe (RAF), H. Sherlock D.F.C. (RAF), Sgt. H.G. Basten (RAF), FS.s R.S. Nurse (RAF), and R.R. Walker (RAF) were also killed.

Ref:  THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD ~ Compiled by Les Allison and Harry Hayward ~
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Inc.~ Box 1481, Brandon, MB Canada  R7A 6N3

 
FIVE SONS OF
MR. & MRS. R. B. HILLMAN OF ELROSE
ARE SERVING
NEWSPAPER CLIPPING FEATURING THE HILLMAN BOYS (1943)

Mr. And Mrs. R. B. Hillman of Elrose, have reason to be proud of the military record of their family, having five sons and a son-in-law in the armed forces. The sons are all Saskatchewan-born, and have lived in Elrose since 1922, having received their public and high school education here.

Chief Petty Officer Gerald Hillman, 22, is a shipwright, with the R.C.N., and is stationed in Newfoundland. He is married and has a small son. Before joining up he held a position with the McCabe Elevator Company in Elrose.

Pte. Lorne Hillman, 19, is with the Canadian Active Army at Maple Creek.

The youngest son, Arthur, 17, is with the Signal Corps in Saskatoon.

(Pilot Officer) Flying Officer Gordon Hillman, 26, is a navigator with the R.C.A.F. in England. He enlisted in June, 1941, and went overseas in October, 1942. Prior to enlistment he taught school at Pleasant Deer Hill, and Hitchcock Schools.

(Flight Sergeant) F/L Donald Hillman, 24, is also with the R.C.A.F. in England. Before enlisting he was an accountant with the Empire Meat Company in Saskatoon.

The eldest son, Rupert, who lives with his family at Fleet, Alberta, has tried several times to enlist but has been rejected on medical grounds.

Pte. Alan Walker, a son-in-law, who enlisted as a driver mechanic in the army, is stationed in Ontario. His mother resides in Biggar.


Newspaper photo: Gordon Hillman 4th from the left
THESE "GOOSE" SQUADRON FLYERS HELPED TO BASH BERLIN
Cigarettes, coffee and "bags of line-shoots" abounded
when airmen of the RCAF Bomber Group returned from a heavy attack on Berlin.
F/O Gordon Hillman, Elrose, Sask., a navigator of the "Goose" Squadron
(seated, wearing heavy jacket and wedge cap)
passes the cigarettes to Sgt. Armour "Bud" Emerson, Smithers, B.C.

Official RCAF Photograph

February 25, 1944 picture of the missing crew.
Back L-R: Reggie Morse: WAG ~ Shirely Shirlock: Skipper ~ 
George Baston: Eng. ~ Harry Curmliffe: B Aimer
Front L-R: Johnny Walker: Rear A/G ~ Gordon Hillman F/O Nav (Can)
Armour John Emerson: Mid-Upper A/G

Gordon Hillman




 

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Commendations: Operational Wings Certificate
 


CORRESPONDENCE
Subject: Old Wartime Photo
I was really pleased to see that you have commemorated James Gordon Hillman's life with a website. I see you've created loads of other websites - I am very impressed.
 
Anyway, my reason for writing: my wife, Jean Hazledine is Bud Emerson's niece - her mother, Betty was Bud's sister. It was amazing to see those pictures of Bud that we'd never seen before. I've enclosed some photos that you may be interested in. Feel free to use them on your website: the first is a portrait of Bud in his uniform; the second shows Bud's grave that we took in 1998 in a cemetery south of Munich; the third is a group photo taken in 1943. Bud is seventh from the right in the top row. I have a feeling that James may be at bottom, third from right. Can you confirm?
 
I too am a guitarist, owning two Strats, a Les Paul and a couple of acoustics. Although Jean and I lived for seven years in western Canada (1999-2006), we now live back in the U.K. in East Anglia.
 
Kinds regards, 
Martin Page


 
Visit Our Other Family Tribute Sites
Hillman Family Stories: Navigation Chart
Great Grandfather Robert Robinson's
1911 Letter from Sask. Homestead 
to Daughter Jane
CPO Jerry Hillman RCN Tribute
HMCS Prince Robert ~ Hong Kong 1945
F/L William G. Campbell ~ RCAF Tribute
Lancaster KB879 Memorial
Choy Family Photo Tribute
Vancouver Sun Feature: April 1, 2000
Hillman Family Websites
The Eclectic Studio
Bill & Sue-On Hillman: A Musical Odyssey
F/L Donald E. Hillman RCAF Tribute Site
THE HILLMANS OF ELROSE, SASKATCHEWAN
 http://www.hillmanweb.com/elrose00.html

 
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TRIBUTE SITE: CPO R. G. Hillman
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MUSEUM: XII MANITOBA DRAGOONS & 26 FIELD REG.
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TRIBUTE: Edgar Rice Burroughs: The War Years
War Journals of the Oldest War Correspondent in the Pacific
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Ex-Ai Gunner's: Short Bursts Webzine
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World War II & Military Nostalgia Sites
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TRIBUTE: F/L Donald E. Hillman
S.O.E. Secret Halifax Missions Log
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TRIBUTE: F/O J. Gordon Hillman
Lancaster Downed in 1000 Bomber Mission
www.airmuseum.ca/rcaf/gordon.html

 
HILLMAN / CAMPBELL FAMILY WW II TRIBUTES
F/L Donald E. Hillman
S.O.E Halifaz Missions
F/L William G. Campbell 
Lancaster KB 879 Tribute
F/O J. Gordon Hillman
Lancaster ~ Tribute
CPO R. Gerald Hillman
H.M.C.S  Prince Robert
CATP Air Museum
Brandon MB Canada
William Robin Hillman
BCATP Film Project 2004

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