Albert "Bert" Sims
#6 British Flying Training School, Ponca City, Ok
Oklahoma has lost another of its WWII heroes. Albert “Bert” Sims died Sunday, November 24, 2013 in Enid, Oklahoma. Bert was the last of three Royal Air Force cadets, once part of No. Six British Flying Training School in Ponca City during WWII, who returned to Ponca City after the war, married a Ponca City woman and became a productive part of American society throughout the remainder of his life.
Bert was born on October 2, 1921 at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, the first born of a coal-mining father and a mother who was a housewife.
In the spring of 1941, Bert was “invited” to have a physical exam so that he could enter the military service. He requested entrance into the Royal Air Force as a pilot and by late summer 1941 he was granted his wish. With a small amount of flying experience, Bert was one of many RAF cadets who were sent overseas to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from whence he was assigned to train in Ponca City, Oklahoma.