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William Dakin Mullin
William Dakin Mullin Pilot Officer J/87245 431 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force June 23, 1922 Brighton, Digby Co., NS August 26, 1942 Digby, NS 20 5 feet, 8 inches Ruddy Blue Brown Single Electric Welder’s Helper Baptist William Nelson Mullin (Father) Brighton, Digby Co., NS June 8, 1944 21 Blevy Communal Cemetery, Eure-et-Loir, France Collective Grave Commemorated on page 400 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 27 Pilot Officer Mullin was the son of William Nelson Mullin and Catherine May Mullin, of Brighton, Digby Co., NS. Completing his education in Brighton in 1937, he farmed with his father until 1942. Just prior to his enlistment with the RCAF, he was employed as a welder’s helper with Toronto Iron Works in Digby, NS. Having trained in Canada as an air gunner, he went overseas to the United Kingdom arriving there on July 22, 1943. He joined 431 Squadron on December 3, 1943. 431 Squadron was based at RAF Croft, Yorkshire. The squadron flew Handley Page Halifax B.Mk III and between January 1943 and June 1945 was part of No. 6 (RCAF) Group, Bomber Command. On the night of June 7-8, 1944 aircraft,Halifax MZ.602, departed RAF Croft on an operational attack against Versailles-Matelots with a crew of eight. Sergeant Mullin was the rear gunner on the operations. The aircraft failed to return to base and the crew were presumed lost. In 1945 it was determined that the crew were buried in a communal grave in the cemetery at Blevy, France.