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William H. Arnold
He weathered the Great Depression working for a bakery, rising to accountant. As a bomber pilot in the Second World War, he led one of very few crews who survived three years flying in the hot India-Burma-Ceylon combat theatre.
He transferred his knack for survival into the petroleum industry as soon as the war ended, starting at a prototype oilsands project built near Fort McMurray by the Alberta government.
The 1947 Leduc gusher lured him into the fiercely competitive arena of oilfield contracting, for a half-century career as a founder and executive of Tri-City Drilling and Armstrong Drilling.