Book of Remembrance - Volume  I


Flying Officer Robert Arthur Hiltz

Royal Canadian Air Force

Son of Cecil B. and Gladys Gwendolyn Hiltz, of Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada, age 20, died on 21-Nov-1944 while based at Melsbroek, Holland, on a bombing mission in Germany. F/O Hiltz had completed 27 operational sorties as of this date.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): F/O Bob Hiltz, the pilot who forced landed on the 19th of this month had a tough break when his aircraft was hit by flak on the first operation which necessitating his baling out, but unfortunately, his parachute streamed. He has done 27 sorties making 29:00 operational hours making a total of 427:40 flying hours.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Book (Form 541): They broke cloud near Wessel, Germany, and swung north towards the target going into bombing formation. The dive was from east to west and commenced at 8,000 feet. It was a moderate dive, 60 degrees, all aircraft following closely. No direct hits were seen, most bombs falling slightly to the left of the target. One pair of bombs appeared to fall in the embankment beside the rails and probably damaged the line. Once the aircraft commenced their dive, the flak became quite intense and consisted of accurate medium and light stuff. Blue One (J/37855 F/O R.A. Hiltz) received a direct hit in his starboard wing and it blew off. The plane spun to earth and he was seen to bail out. However his parachute didn't appear to open fully and he hit the ground south of the target at considerable speed.

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

J/37855 F/O R.A. Hiltz is buried at REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany Grave Reference: 21. D. 7.

Webmasters note: This is the second son and brother that the Hiltz family had lost in this war to end all wars. R/65468 JOHN CLIFTON HILTZ was killed on Sept 30th, 1941 while on operations with 77 (RAF) Squadron over Germany.


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