"His pioneer flights over unmapped territory under adverse conditions during three decades, established new aviation procedures and bases that have substantially benefited Canadian aviation."
William Jewitt came to Calgary, Alberta in 1908. In 1915, he enlisted in the 3rd University Company of the Canadian Army and served in France with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry until 1917 when he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. During his career as a pilot, Jewitt flew many pioneer flights over the Arctic islands where no aircraft had ventured before and subsequently mapped vast stretches of terrain.
In doing so, he led the way in the development of such mines as Echo Bay, Con, Box, Thompson Lundmark, Ptarmigan and Pine Point. He also incorporated new flight techniques which became standard civilian procedures.
Born: 15 May 1897, Marton, England
Died: 20 June 1978