Bilkey, James Dalton
Leading Aircraftman, Royal Canadian Air Force
Service no. R/56212
Born March 29, 1916
Died December 14, 1940
Son of Paul E. Bilkey and Sarah E. D. Bilkey, of Westmount in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Born in Ottawa, Ontario.
Was a star gymnast in his final year of high school; James was also quarterback for the Middleside Football team, a member of the Hockey team. He played Cricket, and also won the Instructor’s Cup for best cadet in his high school Cadet Corps. James continued as quarterback for the Bishop’s Football team upon attending university. (Veterans Affairs Canada).
Played in goal for the Intermediate Hockey team in 1936 (The Quad, 1936, n.p.); played for the Junior team in 1937 (The Quad, 1937, n.p.).
Sports writer for The Mitre in 1937 (The Quad, 1937, n.p.).
James worked for the Daily Star before enlisting in the R.C.A.F. in 1939. He was flying near Dunville in 1940 when his plane crashed during a training flight. (Veterans Affairs Canada).