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September 19, 2013

SATURDAY: A ceremony will be held at Oakwood Cemetery to honor the pilot whose last act saved hundreds.

Niagara Gazette —

Back then, they might have used a word like "dashing" to describe a good looking fellow like flying ace Capt. William C. Glasgow.

They would have called him "daring," too. His bravery was evident in the 80 or so missions he flew into Europe and Africa during WWII. He also managed to escape twice from enemy capture. 

The Niagara Falls Air Force captain was surely a hero, but never more so than in the last act of his life.

Glasgow, who made it home safely from the war effort, died months later at an airshow in Ohio, while flying a test plane. Under extraordinary circumstances, he was able to keep the descending plane lifted until it cleared the grandstand, saving hundreds of lives. 

Now, finally, many years after his death, thanks to the efforts of family members and volunteers at the history-rich Oakwood Cemetery, Glasgow's heroism will be remembered at 11 a.m. on Saturday during a public ceremony inside the cemetery at 763 Portage Road. 

"All I wanted was for Bill to be remembered," said Violet McIntyre, his cousin, who will turn 90 in November. "He was such a good young man. I just admired him so much."  Her love for her cousin has helped to keep his memory alive among the members of her extended family and through the writing and family research she continues to this day.

Her grandson, Terry McIntyre, who is studying to be a lay pastor, wrote a sermon about Glasgow, noting that the pilot, who at only 28 was an elder of Pierce Avenue Church, lived a selfless life. He recalled how, rather than hundreds being killed at the show, there were only five casualties, when fuel from the plane ignited a car heading to the show, killing five occupants while sparing a baby who was thrown from the vehicle.

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