Jerry Billing

 One of Canada's Greatest Aviators  

Growing up in the 1930's during forex pro the depression Jerry Billing would read books of the air battles and aces of the first world war. When war broke out in Europe Jerry join the RCAF. Jerry achieved 2 tours during WWII with 250+ combat sorties in the Supermarine Spitfire.

Jerry served in the RCAF until 1964 were he was a member of Canada's first jet demonstration team the Blue Devils and was the head aerobatic fxpro mt4 trainer for the RCAF Golden Hawks. In his career Jerry has piloted over 170 different aircraft from the Tiger Moth to the F-104 Starfighter.

Jerry was the head test and display pilot for Canadian based De Havilland Aircraft for many years.

Jerry is best known for his legendary displays in Spitfire's across North America thrilling thousands in his 52.5 years of continuous flying of the type, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1984.

Jerry retired from air show flying in 1994 and has instructed many current pilots on displaying the Spitfire fxpro ninjatrader aircraft.

Since 2003 Jerry has been in a bitter battle with the Department of Veterans Affairs over a pension dispute with no prevail.

Essex Memorial Spitfire Project

2014, a committee was formed to purchase and erect a replica Spitfire to honour the 400+ Essex veterans that served during WWII in the town of Essex.

The Spitfire will be a Mark IX painted to represent RCAF 401 Squadron YOD ML135 piloted by local Spitfire ace Jerry Billing during the D-Day invasion.

Since 2012 Jerry Billing has been in a long term care facility in Windsor Ont. The committee has been working hard to gather donations to have the project completed so Jerry can be present for the dedication ceremony.

Further updates with more information will be added to the Essex Memorial Spitfire Page on this site.