Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Remembering World War II Billie Herman Murdock Royal Canadian Air Force
Billie Herman Murdock Pilot Officer J/88711 432 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force April 14, 1925 Peterborough, Ontario October 29, 1942 Windsor, Ontario Windsor, Ontario 17 5 feet, 7½ inches Fair Blue Brown Single Apprentice Aero Mechanic United Church Albert Murdock (Father) Windsor, Ontario March 22, 1944 18 Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany 3.J.20.
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Having trained in Canada, Billie Herman Murdock embarked Canada on on September 1, 1943 and disembarked in the United Kingdom on September 21, 1943. He trained in the United Kingdom with No. 82 Operational Training Unit from September 21, 1943 and was taken on strength with 432 Squadron RCAF on February, 21, 1944. On the night of March 22/23, 1944 Halifax III LW 584 with a crew of seven, including Pilot Officer Murdock serving as air gunner, departed RCAF Eastmoor, Yorkshire, England to carry out bombing operations over Frankfurt, Germany. The aircraft failed to return to base. In 1947 it was determined that the aircraft crashed at Langenberg, Germany. One member of the crew parachuted successfully and was taken a prisoner of war. The remainder of the crew lost their lives at the time of the crash and were buried in the Langenberg Cemetery. In 1947 the bodies of the crew were re-interred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.