Gordon Ernest Pratt grew up in North Gower, Ontario. He was the son of a farmer. He joined the RCAF in June of 1941 and held the rank of Pilot Officer with 524 Squadron flying Vickers Wellington bombers out of RAF Davidstow Moor. 524 Squadron carried out night operations off the French coast in preparation for D-Day, mainly attacking E-boats and submarines but also other shipping. It also provided escort to Coastal Command Beaufighters carrying out night strikes. After the Normandy Invasion, the squadron moved to the east of England to RAF Docking in a similar role along the Dutch coast. Pilot Officer Pratt was listed as missing in action over the North Sea on October 4, 1944. His name appears on the Runnymede Memorial which contains the names of 116,000 Commonwealth fliers who lost their lives during the Second World War. Approximately 20,000 of those fliers, like Pilot Officer Pratt, have no known graves.