Military Service Recognition Book

153 ONTARIO COMMAND JACKSON, William “Bill” Bill was born in Ulverston, England on February 11, 1920 but grew up in Timmins, Ontario where he played in the Timmins Lions Club Boys Band. He was a locomotive operator at the Hollinger Gold Mine before enlisting as a machinist in the Grey and Simcoe Foresters on June 21, 1941. Bill transferred to the RCAF to attend pilot training at Camp Borden and graduated in October 1942 as a commissioned Flying Officer. Assigned to 211 RAF Squadron, Bill went to Great Britain for advanced training before deploying to Allahabad, India in late 1943, flying Bristol Beaufighters. Early on the morning of June 11, 1944, F/O Jackson was shot down north of Letpaden, Burma while attacking a Japanese ammunition train. He is buried with his navigator in Taukkyan War Cemetery in Rangoon, Burma. The Jackson family was devastated by news of Bill’s death. His mother was a Silver Cross recipient. JANZEN, Jacob Jacob was born on August 29, 1925 in Steinbach, Russia. He enlisted in the Army on April 26, 1944, trained in Canada and Britain, landed in Belgium with the Lincoln and Wellington Corps, 4th Infantry Division, then entered Poland. When he arrived close to the German border, the final assault was underway and his Division was used mainly for reinforcement. However, they did see action in the fields and woods of northern Germany. After the Allied victory, his Division looked after people displaced by the war, spending time around Oldenburg, Germany. When they were sent back to the UK, Jacob transferred to the Canadian Provost Corps and returned to Holland and Germany to complete his two-year tour. He was awarded the France and Germany Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-45. Private Janzen was discharged on May 2, 1946. He was a member of Kapuskasing Legion branch 85 for fifty years before he passed away on November 20, 2011. JANSSENS, Eric J. Eric was born in Scarborough, Ontario on March 5, 1970. He joined the Army on January 1, 1988 and served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Bosnia, in the Gulf War, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan X3, Cyprus and Rwanda. Captain Janssens retired on June 1, 2008 and has been a member of Bowmanville Legion branch 178 for two years.