George Urquhart HillDFC (3) BA MD CM was born at St. Peterís, Richmond county, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, son of John Hill and Annie (Murray) Hill. He lived at Antigonish N.S., was educated at Pictou Academy, Pictou N.S. and graduated with a BA degree from Mount Allison University at Sackville New Brunswick.
On 9 September 1939 Hill enlisted in the RCAF at Halifax N.S. Hill graduated as a pilot in February 1940 and then became an instructor at No. 9 Service Flying Training school at Summerside Prince Edward Island.
At the beginning of 1942 Hill arrived overseas and was posted to No. 412 Squadron (Spitfire), Fighter Command, based at Digby England.
In June he was posted No. 453 Squadron and in August to 403 Squadron. During the August 1942 Dieppe raid he shot down his first enemy aircraft. In February 1943 he reported to 111 Squadron based at Souk-el-Kemis in northern Tunisia.
By 27 April 1943, Flight Lieutenant Hill had destroyed six enemy aircraft and damaged others and was awarded his firstDistinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
The squadron, when not on long range strafing sweeps, patrolled over German airfields trying to pick off enemy aircraft landing or taking off. By May 13, 1943 Squadron Leader Hill had destroyed nine enemy aircraft and was awarded his secondDFC.
In June 1943 the squadron moved to Malta, where Hill shot down three more enemy planes. By 15 September 1943, Squadron Leader Hill had shot down at least 14 enemy aircraft and was awarded his thirdDFC.
He returned to Canada in September and by March 1944 was back in Britain where he took command of 441 Squadron RCAF, based at Digby. On a mission over France, on 25 April 1944 he and another pilot shared in the destruction of an enemy FW 190, but flying debris from the enemy plane struck his Spitfire and he was forced to land in enemy occupied France. He evaded capture for a month but eventually he was taken prisoner and was released at warís end.
George Hill holds the rare distinction of being one of only four Canadians to have been awarded threeDFCs. After returning to Canada at warís end Hill graduated with a medical degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax. He first established a medical practice at Fredericton Junction N.B. and soon moved his practice to Orangeville, ON.
Soon after returning to Canada in 1945, Hill married Thelma Sanson and they had six children; Pam, Susan, Barbara, Geraldine, Wally and Jon. When Thelma passed away, he married Louise Dickinson and they had four children; Ann, Bruce, Angela and Michael.
In 1969 Dr. Hill was killed in a tragic car accident.