Helen Bernice Clairmont was born in Toronto, Ontario on
December 4, 1918. She was still living in Toronto during the Second World War
when she decided to become a Radio Operator. She underwent radio training and
obtained her 2nd Class Certificate of Proficiency in Radio on March 29th,
Following radio training, Helen and a few of her friends
decided on a dare to go and join the navy as they heard a ship was in port.
The only one who joined was Helen, the rest of the girls having backed out.
Although she was going to work as a Radio Operator onboard ships, she had to
apply through the Air Force. Below is her application to join the Royal
Norwegian Air Force submitted through the Royal Norwegian Consulatte in
joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force on April 21, 1944 and was a radio
operator aboard ships for the Merchant Marines of the Norwegian Navy for the
remainder of the Second World War. Helen was awarded The Norwegian War Medal
Of Participation in recognition of her service during Allied Operations. This
was given to her through the Canadian Government on August 3, 1989 (see the
Helen Bernice Clairmont passed away on October 5, 2000,
in Toronto, Ontario, when she was 81 years old.