The Graham File
Flight Lieutenant R.A. (Bob) Graham
Military Service - October, 1942 to June, 1945
Bob was born and educated in Toronto. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on 23 October 1942 at the age of eighteen. Postings included Manning Pool, No. 1 Initial Training School in Toronto and No. 1 Air Observers School, Malton, Ontario. He received his Navigator Wings and promotion to Pilot Officer on 23 December 1943.
Prior to service overseas in March 1944 he had postings to Trenton, Montreal and Quebec City.
He arrived in Bournemouth and again served on postings to Mona Wales, Ossington and Topcliffe prior to joining 427 Squadron at Leeming, Yorkshire on 31 October 1944.
After completing a tour of operations he returned to Canada on 1 June 1945 and sometime later rejoined Bell Canada where he served a total of 42 years in various capacities including Engineering Manager, Project Manager and finishing as Instructor and Administrator of the Engineering Training Centre. He retired from Bell and formed a consulting company and completed projects in Peru, United States and Canada before opening an office in Belleville, Ontario.
Activities include the Rotary Club of Belleville, the Canadian Cancer Society, 418 wing Air Force Association of Canada and he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the RCAF Memorial Museum at CAF Base Trenton.
Bob is married to the former Mildred Denning and they have two children, a son and a daughter, and continue to make their home ion Belleville.
Bob also submitted a story which will be published in the October-2011 ROAR.