Robert Ellis Evan Morrow DFC BA was born at Crossfield (about 25 miles north of Calgary on the Edmonton Highway), Alberta. He began his education at Victoria Public School, London, Ontario. Later he attended North Toronto Collegiate and then Ridley College, Saint Catharines, Ontario. From Ridley he went to the University of Toronto and in 1938 received his BA in the U. of T. Law Course.
At the beginning of WW2, Morrow left McGill University Law School in Montreal, to enlist, on October 9, 1939 in the RCAF. He received air crew instruction at Brandon, Trenton and at Camp Borden until June, 1940.
In September 1940, he arrived overseas in the UK and joined 112 Army Co-operation Squadron, RCAF at Salisbury. In November 1940 the Squadron moved to Digby and was first renumbered no. 2 and later renumbered to no. 402 Squadron, Fighter Command.
Morrow became an expert in leading bombing raids. In October no. 402 became the first RCAF fighter-bomber squadron. Its Hurricane aircraft were armed with two 250 pound bombs and its armament increased from eight machine guns to twelve.
In December 1941, he became the squadron’s Commanding Officer. Its role was to attack enemy airfields in France and to attack enemy shipping in the English Channel. On February 16, 1942, he led his squadron in an attack against a fleet of enemy destroyers in the waters west of Brittany, France. Bombing at deck level Morrow’s squadron sank an enemy destroyer and damaged another.
Later the unit switched to Spitfire aircraft and reverted to the role of fighter squadron. By August 1942 Morrow had flown 161 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his skill and valour. His citation reads as follows:
"This officer has completed many operational sorties. His brilliant leadership and skill have contributed materially to the high standard of efficiency and fighting spirit of the squadron.
On one occasion he led the squadron in a low level attack on five enemy destroyers. One was believed sunk while the remainder were damaged. Squadron Leader Morrow has destroyed one and assisted in the destruction of another hostile aircraft."
After being awarded the DFC, Morrow was returned to Canada where he was attached to RAF Ferry Command.
In March 1943, Morrow was posted to RCAF Station at Anchorage, Alaska where he joined USAF in defensive duties. While flying Kittyhawk aircraft, the engine conked out and Morrow was struck by the tail plane while bailing out. After landing in freezing waters he managed to inflate his dinghy and was rescued by American soldiers. He spent some time in hospital before being returned to his command.
Later in WW2, he was posted to Commanding Officer (CO) assignments at Vancouver (Boundary Bay) airport, No. 4 Bombing & Gunnery School at Fingal, Ontario and No 1. Wireless School Hamilton (Mount Hope) airport.
Postwar, he lived in Montreal where he practiced law and undertook businessman activities, His Dept of Defence records file indicates that somewhere along the way, he married Constance Bishop of Ottawa. On March 9, 1998, Morrow died in Montreal.