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Wall of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning; We will remember them. These famous words come from the famous poem, For the Fallen, by Robert Laurence Binyon.

We invite you to add veterans to our interactive Wall of Remembrance website. We hope that by sharing who they were, it will provide us with another opportunity to honour their contribution. We will remember them.

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Name:
Robert
Ernest "Sam"
MacBride
Date of Birth: August 5 1919
Date of Death: August 1963
City:
Woodstock
Province: NB
Served With: Canadian Forces
Served In: Air Force
Unit:
RCAF Squadron 162
Rank: Aviator
War/Conflict: Second World War

Group Captain Robert E. "Sam" MacBride, DFC, CD served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII in the Battle of the Atlantic.

He was born in Lindsay, New Brunswick just outside of Woodstock and attended the University of New Brunswick. He graduated from UNB at the age of 19 in 1939. With the war looming though, he soon enlisted in the RCAF.

During World War 2 Flight Lieutenant Robert E. "Sam" MacBride was a pilot with RCAF Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron 162 Squadron, flying the Canso, an amphibious aircraft, out of Wick Scotland and Iceland.

While on patrol on June 3rd, 1944 and on the eve of D-day, Flight Lieutenant Robert E. "Sam" MacBride and his crew encountered and sank u-boat U-477, for which he was awarded one of Canada's highest honours, the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Later that month same moth he and his crew, "T" for Tommy, encountered a second U- boat, coincidentally numbered U-478. With the assistance of an RAF Liberator and sustaining heavy flak, he also was involved in the sinking of that boat.

He is believed to be the only allied pilot to be credited with the sinking of 2 U-boats in a single month.

Like many Maritimers, Robert MacBride was a modest man and never spoke to his children of this aspect of the war.

Instead he preferred to be remembered for the rescue of an injured American soldier and for a compassionate flight to rescue a young Icelandic child in need of medical care.

After the war Robert went on to serve with the RCAF as both a jet fighter pilot and a commanding officer of Canada's largest NATO air base in Europe.

He died in the service to his country in 1963 while while serving as Commanding Officer of RCAF base, 2 Fighter Wing, Grostenquin France.

Group Captain MacBride is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Choloy, France.