William John Blakely was born January 16, 1922 and was the only child of Aleath Leone Blakely.
The identity of his father has not been confirmed but some of his war records list him as William Welsh.
In 1941 at the age of 19 he enlisted with The Royal Canadian Air Force ,405 Sqdn. His regiment # was R/165968
Bill was killed January 3, 1944 in Germany.According to records from the 405 Squadron, he was part of a crew in a Lancaster that was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed into Schoonebeek He is buried in Hanover War Cemetery in Germany. Coll. grave 6. G. 2-7.
|Books of remembrance page from Veterans Affairs Canada|
Lostaircraft.com - This page has more details of his lost flight