Toronto Man Leader
Moncton, N.B., Feb. 27, 1942 - (CP) - After an additional
month's training because of an enlarged course, another large class of
pilots received their wings today from Wing Commander W. W. Brown, commanding
officer of No. 8 Service Flying Training School at nearby Lakeburn.
Leader of the class was Leading Aircraftman R. R. Bouskill of Toronto.
Other graduates from Ontario include: J. K. Besley, Shelbourne; A. C.
Brandon, Windsor; D. E. Hall, North Bay; D. J. Heard, Hamilton; T. H.
McCabe, Sault Ste. Marie; V. B. McInnis, Barrie; G. A. Robinson, Victoria
Harbor; C. L. Rush, Stratford; W. H. D. Spence, Ottawa; D. B. Fuller,
Toronto; J. K. Wilson, Carleton Place.
Born at Trout Creek, Ontario, 18 September 1915.
Educated in Toronto, clerk from 1936 to 1939.
Enlisted 22 May 1941.
Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941),
No.17 EFTS (graduated 17 November 1941) and
No.8 SFTS (awarded wings 27 February 1942).
Instructor at No.1 SFTS, 18 May 1942 to 6 June 1943.
Posted to UK, September 1943. At
No.57 OTU, 12 October 1943 to 10 January 1944.
With No.401 Squadron, 10 January to 2 October 1944
when he was killed in action. flying Spit IX MJ300 (* note)
Award presented to next-of-kin, 28 February 1946.
FIGHTER PILOT PILES UP SCORE IN AIR BATTLES
August 3, 1944 - Another Hamilton fighter pilot has achieved
the enviable record of four enemy planes destroyed and a score more damaged
and probably destroyed. He is Flt.-Lt. George W. Johnson,
son of Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson, 102 Beechwood Avenue, who knocked
down another Hun fighter over Normandy battlefields yesterday. Flt.-Lt
William Olmsted, son of Major R. I. Olmsted,
M.C., and Mrs. Olmsted, and Flt.-Lt. Jack Bamford, D.F.C., share the record
of four "certain kills” Flt.-Lt. Bamford is now missing.
According to a Canadian Press dispatch from France, "three German
aircraft were destroyed over the battlefronts yesterday by Canadian Spitfire
pilots flying from Normandy bases. One fell to Flt.-Lt. R. R. Bouskill,
of Toronto; one to Flt.-Lt. R. H. Cull, of Alberta,
and one to Flt.-Lt. Johnson.
Now into his second tour of operations, Flt.-Lt. Johnson has scored at
least three of his kills since D-day.
He was posted overseas last June after having served for a year as instructor
in Canada. He was awarded his wings at Dunnville. Employed in the offices
of the Steel Company of Canada, prior to his enlistment, he attended Prince
of Wales School and Central High School of Commerce. His father is a Great
According to today's dispatch from overseas, the Canadians are members
of a squadron commanded by Sqdn.-Ldr. Charlie Trainor,
of Charlottetown, and their victories raised to 92 since D-day the score
of the wing led by Wing Cmdr. Dal Russel, of
Montreal. An individual victory was marked up Wednesday by F.O. Terry
Saunderson, of Dorval, Que., who forced a German pilot to bale out at
Air force Casualties
Ottawa, Nov. 6, 1944 — The Department of National Defense for Air
today issued Casualty List Number l,033 of the Royal Canadian Air Fore,
showing next of kin of those named from Ontario as follows (in part) :
Missing After Air Operations
BOUSKILL, Russell Reginald, Flt. Lt. Reginald P. Bouskill (father), 21
Fern Ave., Toronto.
BOUSKILL, F/L Russell Reginald (J10254) - DFC
- No.401 Sq. (deceased)
Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.
This officer has set a fine example of skill and courage. He has displayed
the greatest keenness for air operations and his successes include the
destruction of five enemy aircraft. Throughout a long period of fighter
activity his devotion to duty has been of a high order.
Mother Receives VC Won by Her Dead Son
Ottawa, Feb. 27, 1946 - (CP) - The two-story ballroom
at Government House echoed today with the subdued talk of modest heroes,
their relatives and friends, who gathered from all parts of Canada for
the first of two investitures marking the end of the Earl of Athlone's
service in Canada.
Principal award of the 82 presented was that of the Victoria Cross to
quiet, white-haired Mrs. J. A. Gray of Nelson, B.C., on behalf of her
son, the late Lieut. R. H. (Hammy) Gray, RCNVR.
She also received his Distinguished Service Cross, won in combat flying
The young naval airman won the Empire's highest award in the Pacific theatre
when he put his aircraft into a dive which destroyed a Japanese destroyer.
He never pulled out of that dive.
"I was proud to get his medals today," Mrs. Gray said, "but
it was so sad:'
J. B. Gray, the VC winner's father and his sister, Mrs. E. H. Gautschi,
accompanied Mrs. Gray to Ottawa. They plan to return to Nelson tomorrow.
Princess Alice wore her uniform of honorary air commandant of the RCAF
Women's Division for the ceremony.
A further 104 decorations will be presented tomorrow.
After Mrs. Gray in the stately parade came Air Vice-Marshal F. S. McGill,
former Air Member for Supply and Organization, now in business in Montreal,
who received the insignia of Companion of the Order of the Bath.
Lt.-Col. R. Rowley of Rockcliffe, Ont. had the DSO and Bar pinned to his
chest. Another double award went to Mrs. K. Pettit of Brantford, who received
the insignia of an officer of the Order of the British Empire and the
DFC won by her son, the late Sqdn. Ldr. W. R. Pettit.
DFC – Mrs. Alice Bouskill, on behalf of her son, the late Flt. Lt.
R. R. Bouskill, R.C.A.F., Toronto.
Victories Include :
7 June 1944
27 July 1944
3 Aug. 1944
17 Aug. 1944
| one FW.190
southeast of Caen;
south of Domfort;
southeast of Nijmegen
* note : this bit of info was copied off a message board
(12oclock high) but is no longer posted it seems. Thanks to "Laurent"
for the original post though !
In the late morning, overlapping Spitfire sweeps by 421
and 401 Sqn RCAF engaged German fighters in a running battle between Nijmegen
Forty-two fighters of the three Gruppen of JG 26 flied a combined Jabojagd
mission to the Nijmegen-Arnhem area around noon. The II./JG 26 sprang
a successful trap on 401 Sqn RCAF. When a section of Spitfires bounced
a seemingly unwary flight of Fw190s north of Nijmegen, the rest of the
Gruppe fell on them from above. Three Spitfires were claimed by Oblt Aldof
Glunz (67th victory, 12h15, at 3000 m above Oss/Grave) and Ofhr Siegfried
Benz (5th victory, 12h16, at 2700 m above Nijmegen) of 6./JG 26 and by
Lt Wilhelm Hofmann (40th victory, 12h10, at 4500 m above Kleve-Nijmegen)
of 8./JG 26.
Just south of this battle, the I./JG 26 encountered a larger force of
Spitfires, as many as fifty. Two victories were claimed by Lt Joachim
Günther (7th victory, 12h18, at 4000 m above Wageningen/Arnhem) of
2./JG 26 and Ogfr Josef Leder (1st victory, 12h05, at 4000 m above Ede
N. Arnhem) of 1./JG 26 but their opponents have not been identified and
suffered no losses. The III./JG 26 did not contact the enemy during this
Other German units claiming victories in this area were 2./JG 76 (Lt Fick
claimed a Spitfire at 4500m over Ede at 11h12) and 6./JG 77 (Fw Dieckhoff
claimed a Spitfire in Nijmegen-Arnhem area at 900m at 11h17 for his second
Two Spitfire IX of 401 Sqn RCAF were lost in a battle against FW190s in
Nijmegen area. Flt Lt Russel Reginald Bouskill, a five victory ace, was
killed aboard MJ300 while Wt Off M Thomas baled out from MJ726 over Allied
lines and was unhurt. The Spitfire IX MK365 of 421 Sqn RCAF was damaged
over Nijmegen. It was later struck of charge due to the damage but the
pilot, Flg Off J M Calvert, was unhurt.
421 Sqn RCAF pilots claimed 2 German planes shot down, 1 probable and
5 damaged (one by Flying Officer William Francis Cook), while 401 Sqn
claimed one damaged. The only know Luftwaffe losses were two two Bfl09s
of 9./JG 53. Uffz Kuno Piecknick disappeared aboard the Bf109G-6 WNr 166016
Yellow 21+I while Uffz Ingo-Rolf Ebel was wounded when he crash-landed
his Bf109G-14 WNr 460414 Yellow 4+I.