Born in Regina in 1924, David
Kenneth Mould joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in April, 1943 at the
age of seventeen. Initially he trained as a pilot at No. 15 EFTS in his
hometown, accumulating 86 hours on Tiger Moth aircraft before beginning training as an air-gunner aboard Fairey Battle aircraft at No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School at MacDonald, Manitoba.
Upon graduation on October 1, 1943,
David was posted overseas to No. 16 Operational Training Unit at the
Royal Air Force Base at Barford, England. It was at RAF Barford that he
"crewed-up" with Sgt. Squibb and experienced an eventful period of
training during which his logbook includes comments such as, "Iced up
over North Sea - fell out of control - nearly jumped" and on another
flight, "Bailed out." On April 28, 1944, the crew continued their
operational training aboard the four-engined Stirling bomber at Wigsley.
The first three weeks of June were then spent at No. 5 Lancaster
Finishing School at Syerston, England.
Finally the crew was assigned to an
operational squadron, No. 49 based at RAF Fiskerton. Their first
operation was on July 7 and was noted in David's logbook as a "hot" one.
They made two runs over the target that was a V-1 Rocket storage area
and David noted, "300 Jerry night-fighter's up" and that he, "saw a
triple collision." One of his sketchbooks includes a drawing of a triple
collision that is likely based on this experience. Over the next six
months, David's logbook records raids to a wide variety of targets and
several incidents such as during an operation to Bremen when he recorded
in his logbook, "Hot! - Hell burned through - 5 Runs - nearly fell out
F/O Squibb and his crew completed
their tour of 28 operations on December 9, 1944 and David was promoted
to Flying Officer. His logbook has no more entries. Following his
discharge from the air force, David spent time in the army as a
paratrooper with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Later,
he cut timber in Ontario and British Columbia and worked as a field
officer for the Saskatchewan Forestry Department. He then returned to
Regina where he worked as a finishing carpenter with the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police at Depot Division and at Fort Walsh.
is said that David had an incredible mind that knew no boundaries. He
was innovative and had interests in many things from zeppelins,
aircraft, snowmobiles, boats and hydroplanes to exploring religions and
travelling Canada's waterways. He built a Great Lakes "Sharpy" sail boat
and numerous shallow draft vessels upon which he explored the rivers of
the prairie provinces. Together with a friend, he completed an 800 mile
canoe trip from Regina Beach to The Pas in Manitoba.
His knowledge was reported to be
limitless and he was a fascinating conversationalist on virtually any
topic. David spent much of his time working on various innovative
mechanical and structural projects such as a hovercraft sled train for
Arctic travel, a fold-up steam-powered canoe, a pedal-powered street
cart, and a motor toboggan. He re-designed the Zepelin and made his own
plans and improvements to make it work today with updated technology.
According to his younger brother
Cliff, "Dave's brain was always in motion, engaged mostly in solving
mechanical problems and designing. He was a good Canadian who needed to
see how things work and why."
Following his retirement, David
pursued his passion for painting -much of his work inspired by his
memories of action with Bomber Command as a Lancaster rear gunner. His
passion for art and the completion of his series of wartime paintings
was sadly cut short when his arms became immobile due to illness. Some
remain unfinished and others that were being planned appear to have
never been started. David was a long-time supporter of our museum. At
his request these unique, spectacular paintings were donated to the
museum following his death in 2006.
As well as the finished and
unfinished paintings, four of David's sketchbooks were donated to the
museum. These contain a large number of drawings and associated notes.
Some of the sketches were preliminary versions of his paintings while
others were preliminary versions of paintings that he was unable to
One of the pages in David's
sketchbook shows six airmen and lists their names. These men must have
been David's crewmembers and they are recognizable in many of the other
sketches. The names are: Art Squibb (pilot), Ken Campbell (bomb aimer),
Tug Wilson (flight engineer), Martin Collins (mid-upper gunner), Herk
Ely (navigator), George(?) Evan (wireless operator) and Dave Mould (rear
gunner). The name "Hawkins" is on the list as well and it appears that
he replaced Herk Ely as navigator at some point.