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Willis Hilson Lloyd Flying Officer J/27896 162 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force April 14, 1921 Waterville Kings Co., NS May 19, 1942 Halifax, NS 21 5 feet, 7 inches Single Bank Clerk (Royal Bank of Canada) Baptist Hazel Marie Lloyd (Sister) Ottawa, Ontario. July 29, 1944 23 Lerwick New Cemetery. Shetland Islands, Scotland Terrace 7B. Grave 23 Commemorated on Page 367 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 5 Flying Officer Willis Hilson Lloyd was the son of Charles Henry LLoyd (1877–1935) and Carrie Elizabeth (Mahaney) Lloyd (1879–1942) of Waterville, Kings Co., NS. He was the brother of Charles Edward Lloyd, (R/213486) who also served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII, Thelma Geneva, Bernice Edna Leona, and Hazel Marie Lloyd. Willis completed school in 1937 and worked with his brother in a sawmill. He was then employed as a salesman with J. S. Harris and the Royal Department Store until he joined the Royal Bank of Canada in 1939. He played baseball, hockey and tennis and participated in public speaking and dramatics. Following training in Canada, Pilot Officer Lloyd joined 162 Squadron on September 26, 1943. On January 2, 1944 he proceeded to Iceland with the Squadron. From January 7, 1944 to June 13, 1945 the Squadron operated from Reykjavik in Iceland. During June and July, 1944, the squadron operated from RAF Wick, Scotland. 162 Squadron was the RCAF's most successful anti-submarine squadron during the Second World War. On July 29, 1944, Vickers Consolidated Canso (#11062) aircraft operating out of Wick with a crew of eight was returning to base from a anti-submarine patrol. Flying in bad weather and poor visibility the aircraft flew into the side of a hill on Foula Island. Seven airmen were lost including Flying Officer Lloyd. One badly injured crew member, RAF Flight Sergeant J. H. Knight, survived the crash. Pilot Officer James Edwin Bowler (Ontario) Aged 22 Flying Officer George Gordon Bradshaw (British Columbia) Aged 31 Warrant Officer Class II Robert Densmore Harvey (Nova Scotia) Aged 29 Pilot Officer Abram R. Hildebrand (Manitoba) Aged 27 Flying Officer Willis Hilson Lloyd (Nova Scotia) Aged 23 Flight Sergeant Robert Wilfred Ernest Townsend (Saskatchewan) Aged 21 Pilot Officer Elliott Courtney Watson (Ontario) Aged 20
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