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Probationary Flight Officer George Heaven Morang ’14
Died: October 27, 1917
Flight-Lieut. George H. Morang, the son of Mr. G. N. Morang, Toronto, was at U.C.C. from 1907-1914. He went overseas in March 1917, joining the Royal Naval Air Service. While in training it was commonly remarked that he was one of the best pilots that had ever passed through the schools.
Lieut. Morang met his death on October 27th, 1917. He went out in the afternoon and, with four other machines, was engaged by five Hun machines at about 10,000 feet. Unfortunately, he was cut off and shot down. However, his death was avenged by one of the other pilots, who brought down one of the Hun machines in the same engagement. Lieut. Morang was flying a fast scout machine.
The following is an extract from a letter received by his father from Commodore Luce, in charge of the Royal Naval Air Station, Cramwell, England : “I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your son in France, as he showed promise of exceptional ability as an air fighter.”
Mr. M. E. Nicholls, Director of Public Information at Ottawa, says, in writing to Mr. Morang, “Coming up from the Maritime Provinces a short time ago, I got into conversation with a young officer of the R.N.A.S., named Dunham, of Brockville, who is home on a month’s leave. He knew your son well and said he was without doubt the best flier that ever went through England.”
Lieut. Morang was a great sailor and had a great record at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Previous to enlistment he was with the Dominion Securities Corporation, Limited. Lieut. Morang was in his 20th year.
College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 8-9
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