Lorne Maxwell CameronDFC was born in Roland, Manitoba. After enlisting in the RCAF in January 1941, he took air crew instruction at various training schools in Canada and graduated from Service Flying Training School at Yorkton, Saskatchewan on September 13, 1941.
Cameron arrived overseas in England on October 15, 1941 and on January 21, 1942 was posted to 402 Squadron at Warmwell, England which at that time was flying Spitfire aircraft. After an injury sustained in a crash in July he rejoined 402 Squadron at Kenley in Surrey, England. His first tour ended in April 1943 and for the next six months Cameron served as an operational training instructor.
On November 12, Flight Lieutenant Cameron was posted to 401 Squadron at Biggin Hill and by December 20 he was made Flight Commander and elevated to the rank of Squadron Leader.Cameron became recognized not only for his fighting ability - he was an excellent shot - but also for his leadership abilities. By June 7, 1944, Squadron Leader Cameron had destroyed six enemy aircraft and damaged at least two. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in recognition of his outstanding skill and bravery. In the early morning of July 3rd, 1944 his aircraft was shot down behind enemy lines near Falaise while strafing a truck convoy. Successfully belly landing in a field, he hid out all day and tried to get back to the Allied forces through German lines at night but that proved impossible. He headed south but when he reached Bordeaux, France he was turned over to the German Gestapo by a French traitor. Afterwards, en route to a German Prisoner of War camp in Germany, he and other captives overcame their guards and escaped to be welcomed by American troops. Following WW2, Cameron went into the investment business and for two years, 1948-50, he was Commanding Officer of 402 Auxiliary Squadron in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Later, he retired to Victoria, British Columbia.