Samuel Van Camp
Amica at Whitby
Royal Canadian Air Force – IIBR Eastern Air Command – Served 3 years
As a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Samuel served in the IIBR Eastern Air Command from January 2, 1942 to September 15, 1945.
Samuel trained at the Galt A ircraft and St. Thomas training schools and was stationed at air bases in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia and Torbay, Newfoundland. Samuel was responsible for checking, servicing and repairing the airplanes before and after convoy patrols. Samuel’s classmates graduated 2 weeks before he did because Samuel came down with the mumps. Those mumps probably saved Samuel’s life. His classmates were torpedoed by a German submarine and many of them died.
The German subs almost stopped the convoys. Thirty-five thousand merchant seaman were lost in the North Atlantic. Finally the Allies were able to break the German code and were able to find and sink many German subs. The last German sub Samuel’s regiment sank was on Christmas Day, 1943.