Second World War vet who injured Rommel remembered at Ottawa service
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA - The Canadian Second World War pilot credited with strafing German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's car at a critical moment during the Allied invasion of Normandy was remembered at a memorial service in Ottawa on Sunday.
Charley Fox, 88, a man who escaped death many times during his military career, was killed in a car crash Oct. 18 near Tillsonburg in southwestern Ontario shortly after attending an aircraft association meeting.
Fox was involved in many veterans-related activities including being an honorary colonel at 412 (Transport) Squadron based at the Ottawa airport.
"Charley was an extraordinary honorary colonel for us at 412 (Transport) Squadron - not just because he was a legendary hero who flew Spitfires with the 412 'Falcons' in the war, but also because he genuinely loved every one of us and our families and went to such great lengths to get to know us personally," said Lt.-Col. Eric Volstad, the squadron's commanding officer.
Fox, a D-Day veteran and double recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, was credited with hitting Rommel's staff car in July 1944, affecting the general's ability to return to active duty.