‘The Last Ace’
Embarked for night fighting duties On July 25th 1945 Lt Bill Atkinson flying JW772/X 119 was vectored on an interception course to what was now designated as a hostile raid. As they closed in the light of the full moon Atkinson identified the intruders as a group of Aichi B7A Grace torpedo bombers flying at 20,000 feet and that were heading toward the Allied ships.
In clear, fine weather the 21 year-old Royal Canadian Navy pilot
attacked the first two Aichi in a surprise attack from astern. With these kills it made him an ace – and the last British or Commonwealth pilot to achieve this distinction during WW2.