With June 2nd being the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, I thought you might like to meet Donald Croston Cameron. Cameron was a salesman for commercial fishing supplies and marine hardware in Vancouver, BC, prior to serving with the RCAF as a fighter pilot for three years during the Second World War. He was honourably released October 22, 1945 and transferred to RCAF ( Reserve ) General Section, Class “E”. He later joined the Auxiliary Unit in Vancouver. Cameron was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in January, 1951, Squadron Leader 443 in January, 1953, and Wing Commander 442 Squadron in January, 1955.
Squadron Leader Cameron led the Canadian Contingent to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. He was just 29 years old when he and the Canadian group sailed on the liner Atlantic from Quebec City, May 7th. The contingent trained in Canada and again in England for the Coronation Parade. He said that the trip was ” one that I wouldn’t miss for the world. ” He also mentioned that even with just a few days training at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, near Ottawa, the auxiliary personnel were ” looking very sharp and will be as good as any other group in the parade. ”
This would have been quite the honour and experience for Cameron. In my next post, I’ll share yet another special assignment he had!