Gordon William Mosher

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Gordon William Mosher

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1908–1989

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Gordon William Mosher (1908 – 1989) was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick. Following graduation from the Provincial Normal School he taught at Dawsonville, Jacquet River and Logieville and then entered university completing a BA at Mount Allison and a BEd at UNB. In 1936, he accepted a teaching position in the Canadian Academy at Kobe, Japan. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, he returned to Canada and taught briefly at Campbellton High School. Mosher enlisted in the RCAF in 1940 and after completing basic training he took his pilot training certification and was stationed at Dauphin Manitoba where he trained hundreds of air force pilots under the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. In 1942, Mosher was granted a transfer overseas and was first sent to England where he was trained in sub hunting, coastal command bombing and torpedo bombing. His first combat experience was in North Africa and following Rommel’s defeat Mosher was assigned to the RAF Squadron 203 and sent to India to support Montbatten’s Burma campaign against the Japanese. He was promoted to Squadron Leader and piloted a Liberator Bomber used to sweep the Bay of Bengal of enemy ships and subs. He received the Distinquished Flying Cross for his part in attacks on port installations in Sumatra. After 18 months in India & Ceylon his operational tour ended in May 1945. Returning home from the war Mosher returned to teaching becoming succcessively, principal of Bathurst High school, a teacher in Cormier High School in Edmundston and Superintendent of Schools for Victoria County. He died at Campbellton in 1989.

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Edmundston, New Brunswick; Campbellton, New Brunswick

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Collection donated by Karen Garnett in 2010.

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