Born in 1920, William’s son Allan Bundy excelled in sports and his academic work. He eventually won an Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire scholarship to attend Dalhousie University, where he studied chemistry in order to become a doctor.
When the war broke out Allan wanted to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). However, he was rejected at the recruiting station while his white friend was accepted immediately. Bundy tried again at another recruiting station in Halifax; he was
informed that black men were not allowed to serve in the RCAF, unless they wanted to work as a cook or clerk.
In 1940, Bundy received a conscription notice from the army, which he ignored. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer visited him, but on hearing that he had tried to enlist and was rejected because of racist recruiting policies, he did not arrest him,
or force him to enlist in the infantry. When the policies targeting black men were rescinded in 1942, Bundy immediately enlisted, and received his flight training. He was such an exceptional student that he was given an officers commission immediately
after he graduated.
Pilot Officer (P/O) Bundy was posted overseas in December 1943. He took additional training to become a combat pilot, and spent several weeks learning how to fly and fight in a two-person aircraft called the Bristol Beaufighter. Allan Bundy became the
first black Canadian military combat pilot to serve with the RCAF during the Second World War. His training complete, he was ready to be assigned to an operational unit. However, no white officer would agree to be his navigator until Flight Sergeant
Elwood Wright agreed to be his partner just before P/O Bundy was reassigned to a different unit and a different job.
Bundy and Wright were posted to Scotland in September 1944 to fly Beaufighters as well as de Havilland Mosquitos during coastal combat with the 404 Squadron. Their job was to protect the coasts of Scotland by harassing and sinking enemy ships coming from
occupied Norway, as well as disrupting German shipping. During their first mission, the squad destroyed two enemy ships. Bundy and Wright would go on to fly 43 more missions together before the end of the war.