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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Charles Williston McKim
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Charles Williston McKim R/88380 Flight Sergeant 416 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force January 3, 1922 St. John, NB May 13, 1943 19 Halifax, NS Halifax, NS 5 feet, 6½ inches medium brown dark brown University Student Anglican Single Robert Taylor McKim (Father) Halifax, NS May 13, 1943 21 Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England 184 Commemorated on Page 191 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 19 Charles McKim was the son of Robert Taylor McKim and Mary Annetta (Gilchrist) McKim, and brother of Thomas and Mary. His father was a clergyman. At the time of Charles’ enlistment, the family had lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1929. Charles completed grade XI in Nova Scotia at the Halifax Academy and one year of pre-medical at Dalhousie University. He was a COTC Cadet between 1940 and 1941. Charles trained in Canada between May, 1941 and December, 1942. He obtained his Pilot’s Flying Badge on June 19, 1942. He embarked for overseas on December 11, 1942 and disembarked in England on December 18, 1942. He was assigned to 53 OTU on January 12, 1943 and transferred to 416 Squadron on March 17, 1943. In the afternoon of May 13, 1943, Charles (“Mac” as he was familiarly known among the boys of the Squadron) piloting a Spitfire fighter plane participated in operations over France when heavy enemy activity was encountered. In the engagement he reported he has badly hit. On the second report he stated he was going to ditch the plane. He subsequently bailed out over the English Channel near the French coast. Although Air Sea Rescue made a search nothing further was head of him but reported sighting only an empty dingy in the area. .
416 Squadron Pilots and their CO (Kenley, April 1943 Charles McKim; standing left back)