Jim Ashworth of British Columbia wanted to become a fighter pilot – so badly that when the Royal Air Force ordered him to become a flight instructor, he deliberately failed the test – twice! His plan worked. He was sent to India, where he flew his Hurricane II-D fighter over occupied Burma, strafing Japanese supply boats.
Both of these veterans who live in Invermere, British Columbia, are featured in a book by author Elinor Florence titled: My Favourite Veterans: True Stories From World War Two's Hometown Heroes. Jim Ashworth, aged 97, flew a Hurricane over Burma; and Joy Bond, aged 98, served in the volunteer Invermere Women's Militia. To read Jim's story: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/rcaf-burma.
RCAF veteran Jim Ashworth of British Columbia is on the right, receiving a Certificate of Achievement for Services Rendered at NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command), from Brigadier-General McColpin of the U.S. Air Force at NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs on July 13, 1962.
RCAF Pilot's logbook belonging to Jim Ashworth, who flew a Hurricane over occupied Burma. In March he was still living in Invermere, B.
An example of a propaganda leaflet dropped by the Japanese over India. This one was preserved in a scrapbook belonging to Jim Ashworth of British Columbia, who was flying a Hurricane over occupied Burma. You can see his handwriting at the bottom, which refers to the Japanese claims as "absurd."