Word was received last month that Flt. Sgt. Pilot Richard Edgar Bertram, R.C.A.F., was "missing" after a night operational flight over enemy territory,followed by official advice that he was "missing believed killed".
Flight Sgt. Pilot Bertram was born November 9th, 1912, on the farm at Grimsby settled by his great-great-grandfather, John Smith, in 1787, and after attending Grimsby High School for some years he passed Honour Matriculation at Delta Collegiate, Hamilton. He was in the interior decoration business at Hamilton previous to joining the R.C.A.F. in 1940. He received his wings at Dunnville, August 20th, 1941, and went overseas shortly afterwards. He took several advances courses in Britain (the last being at Oxford during the past summer), and had been flying large bombers since before Christmas, 1941. He had taken part in more than 40 operational flights from Britain over enemy territory.
Richard (Dick) was the son of J.H. and the late Mrs. Bertram (formerly of Grimsby) and a grandson of the late Major-General Sir Alexander Bertram and the late Lady Bertram, of Dundas and Montreal. Dick's only brother, Alex. J. Bertram, lives at Chambly Canton, Quebec.