Lethbridge Airman Destroys German Plane
London, Jan. 5. — CP Cable) — Flt.-Lt. Dick
Audet, of Lethbridge, Alta., destroyed a German
Focke-Wulf 190 yesterday and shared in the destruction of another to raise
to 8½ his bag of enemy planes knocked down in a week, the R.C.
Flt.-Lt. Audet, who shot down five German planes in a little more than
five minutes last Friday and got two more New Year's Day, shared one plane
yesterday with Flt.-Lt. J.J. Boyle, of Toronto.
The German planes downed were among six destroyed by the R.C.A.F. Grizzly
Bear Squadron in a mid-afternoon fight against seven aircraft just northeast
of Hengelo, Holland.
Born 1 May 1922 in Toronto;
home in London, Ontario;
Gunner in Canadian Army, 28 May to 25 August 1941
Enlisted in RCAF in Toronto 1 September 1941.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942),
No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and
No.14 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942 although
not posted from there until 18 September 1942).
Further trained at
No.1 (F) OTU, Bagotville, 19 Sept 42 to 29 Nov42.
No.125 (F) Squadron, 30 Nov 1942 to 26 Sept 1943
Embarked from New York, 8 October 1943;
arrived UK 15 October 194.
Further trained at
No.59 OTU (30 November 1943 to 24 January 1944
No.61 OTU (24 January to 13 April 1944) and
No.3 Tactical Evaluation Unit (13 Apr to 6 June 44)
With No.402 Squadron, 22-26 July 1944;
with No.411 Squadron, 1 August 1944 to 6 April 1945
To No.61 OTU, 28 April to 11 June 1945;
As of 23 July 1945 he claimed
278 hours on Spitfires (198.45 operational hours)
7 1/2 enemy aircraft destroyed,
42 MET destroyed and
repatriated 2 August 1945;
released 20 September 1945.
Award presented 29 May 1947
One Pilot Gets Triple Kill As Canadians Destroy 11
London, Jan. 15 (CP).— Flt. Lt. J. MacKay
of Cloverdale, B.C., an RCAF Ram Squadron pilot, scored a triple victory
Sunday when planes of a Canadian Spitfire wing destroyed 11 Focke-Wulf
190's in 15 minutes over Enschede, Holland, near the German border.
Flt. Lt. MacKay's triple kill, his second in a fortnight, was scored in
a dog fight that developed after the Canadians saw 15 German planes taking
off from Enschede air field.
Others to destroy single enemy planes included:
Flt. Lt. Dick Audet, DFC, of Lethbridge, Alta., a Grizzly Bear Squadron
sharpshooter who boosted his total of downed planes to 9½. Five
of that total were destroyed in a single engagement recently.
Flt. Lt. J.J. Boyle, Toronto, and FO. J.A. Doran of Victoria, both Grizzly
Bear Squadron members.
Fit. Lt. J.H.G. Dick of Montreal and Flt. Lt. J.E.G. Reade, an American,
both of the Caribou Squadron.
Flt. Lt. F. Murray, Saint John, N.B., and FO.
D.B. Dack of Calgary and Taber, Alta.
Passing over the airfield, the Ram Squadron airmen saw 12 Focke Wulfs
flying east over the airdrome at 1,000 feet and others taking off. The
Two German Planes Destroyed By Canadians
London, Feb. 16.— (CP Cable) — A delayed report
from an advanced Canadian airfield in Holland yesterday said that two
Heinkel 177s were destroyed and three others badly damaged on an airfield
near Muenster, Germany, late Wednesday by two pilots of the R.C.A.F. Grizzly
Bear Spitfire Squadron.
Flt.-Lt. J. Boyle, of Toronto and London, Ont., made the two kills and
also damaged one of the other planes, while Flt.-Sgt. J.O.A. Watt, of
Toronto, damaged the other two.
BOYLE, F/L John Joseph (J13615) - Distinguished Flying
Cross - No.411 Squadron
Award effective 23 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945
Globe And Mail April 3 & AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945
This officer has given outstanding service as a flight
commander in a fighter squadron. He has taken part in fighter patrols,
armed reconnaissance and dive bombing missions since joining his present
squadron and in the course of these operations has destroyed at least
five enemy aircraft and damaged others. In addition Flight Lieutenant
Boyle has destroyed many ground targets, including forty mechanical transport
vehicles, three trains and six barges. He has set a fine example by his
keenness and fine fighting spirit.
Aerial victories as follows:
12 August 1944, one Bf.109
destroyed east of Alencon;
12 December 1944, one Me.262 damaged, Deurne;
25 December 1944, one Me.262 destroyed, Heesch;
31 December 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, Rheine/Munster;
4 January 1945,
one FW.190 destroyed, Henegelow +
- one FW.190 destroyed (shared
with F/L R.J. Audet)
14 January 1945, one FW.190
14 February 1945, two He.177s destroyed
OTG, Handorf +
- one He.177 damaged on ground.