Don Keir

Don Keir

Amica at Dundas

Royal Canadian Air Force – #419 Squadron – Served 3 years

In 1942, Don joined the 419 Squadron of the Canadian Air Force, training in Guelph, Ontario as a Radio Operator and later at the Gunnery School in Paulson, Manitoba.

Don was initially stationed in Summerside, Prince Edward Island to train navigators and flew over the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. In late 1943 he was deployed from Halifax to Scotland then to Bournemouth, England. As a Flying Officer, Radio Operator on a Lancaster Bomber and a trained Machine Gun Operator, Don spent of the war posted around England.

Don completed 8 trips on bombers over Germany. Part of his job as a Radio Operator was to watch for planes above to ensure they were not being targeted. On one trip he had just finished copying a broadcast and looked up to see a bomber with its doors open right above them. He quickly informed the skip to get out of there.

Returning home to Sudbury in 1945, Don worked for International Nickel until 1986 when he returned to College and later taught math and electronics.