William Archie Young

YOUNG, William Archie

2nd Word War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Flight Lieutenant
Date of Death
Age at Death
Biographical Summary

NAME YOUNG William Archie
RANK Flight Lieutenant / Royal Canadian Air Force
SQUADRON No. 435 “Chinthe” RAF Transport Command
“determined on delivery”
RCAF 120 Wing Group 46
Croyden Airfield in London
Squadron Markings ODM
AGE 25 December 18, 1945 J / 25177
CEMETERY Oslo Western Civil Cemetery
2 D 6
PARENTS Edna Young - Brussels
• William was born on April 15, 1920 and was one of four brothers.
• He took his schooling at SS #5 Morris Township and then finished his schooling in Brussels at the Brussels
Continuation School.
• He especially enjoyed football.
• He was employed in farming prior to his enlistment.
• He enlisted in Hamilton on March 7, 1942 and while he was in training he was at the Manning Depot,
Belleville, Goderich, Exeter, Centralia, Lachine and Dorval.
• No. 435 Squadron flew supplies and mail from England to the continent and to Scandinavia.
• Flight Lieutenant Young was flying Dakota KN 413 and he was preparing to land at Oslo, Norway. He flew
into high ground in heavy cloud on the outward leg from the UK. The crash took place at 10:10 hours. This
was an operational flight and they were trying to get to Fornebo Airfield. The aircraft was destroyed by the
ensuing fire.
• This aircraft was on a mail run from Croyden Airfield in London to Copenhagen on December 17, 1945.
The following day – December 18th – the leg was to be Copenhagen to Oslo and they had already passed
over Oslo, but were then diverted due to the overcast over the city.
• There was extremely poor visibility and he was told to climb to 3,000 feet while carrying out his approach
to land. They crashed 5 miles south of Oslo.
• Flight Lieutenant Young suffered fatal multiple injuries along with fractures.
• From October of 1944 until March of 1945 No. 435 Squadron was used in United Kingdom operations, as
part of RCAF 120 Transport Wing.
• The squadron role during hostilities was to provide transport services, by carrying troops and supplies
whether to advanced landing fields, or to a specific para drop zone, to rush the wounded from the battlefield
areas to hospitals in the rear and to tow gliders.