City Pilots Wreck Hun Planes in Sunday's Smashing Raids
An R.C.A.F. Airfield in France, July 3, 1944 —
(CP) — R.C.A.F. Spitfire pilots gave more details today of Sunday's
successes in which 19 German planes were destroyed.
Most of the combats took place immediately ahead of the British Army fighting
zone, where earlier in the day ground-strafing aircraft destroyed a large
number of Nazi military vehicles.
Among Canadian fighters turning in claims Sunday were Sqdn. Ldr. Jack
Sheppard of Dollarton, B.C., who destroyed one, and PO. D. R. Jamieson
of 1407 Symington Ave. Toronto, who got a destroyed and a damaged. PO.
Goldie Goldberg of 1133A Avenue Rd., Toronto, damaged one.
Sheppard, by the destruction of a F.W. 190, chalked up his fifth victory.
He gave the Hun plane a short burst of cannon and machine-gun fire and
it burst into flames and blew up. "I had to pull to starboard to
avoid the aircraft and its pieces," he said.
FO. R. J. Lake of Langstaff, and Flt. Lt. J. Moore,
Philadelphia, each bagged two Germans and shared another, and Flt. Lt.
D. C. Laubman, Edmonton, destroyed two.
Laubman's two victories came in quick succession when his squadron, on
a dive-bombing sortie, met two dozen German planes. He followed one Focke
Wulf into a cloud and gave it a two-second burst as it emerged on the
"There was an explosion and the Focke WuIf was enveloped in flames”
Laubman said. “The pilot bailed out."
Later, with two squadron mates, he sighted 15 enemy aircraft. He chased
one and saw strikes on its engine and wing. "White smoke poured from
him and his engines stopped," said Laubman. "I made a new attack
and blew his port tail plane and rudder off with machine-gun fire. The
aircraft blew up.”
Born in Brighton, Ontario, 1919;
home in Toronto;
enlisted Toronto 18 December 1940.
Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941),
No.3 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and
No.1 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941).
3 Toronto Pilots Fight 40 Huns, Knock Down 7 Without
By William Stewart
An R.C.A.F. Airfield in France, July 25 (CP). — Three Toronto Spitfire
pilots today told how a routine Weather reconnaissance turned into a smashing
victory for the RCAF when they ran into a formation of 40 German fighters
and destroyed seven without loss.
FO. W. J. Banks of Leaside. Flt. Lt. O. M. Linton.
York Mills Rd., Toronto, and PO. D. R. Jamieson 140 Symington
Ave., Toronto, were just about to return from a look at the weather
Monday afternoon when they sighted 20 Nazi planes over Lisieux, about
27 miles east of Caen.
Jamieson saw them first, and the Spits gave chase as the German formation
was joined by another group of similar size.
“They began to orbit in two sections, and we came in from above
and attacked individually," Jamieson said. In a short, swirling dog-fight,
Banks doubled his total score of destroyed planes by knocking down three,
and Linton and Jamieson each got two.
Banks' tactic for each of his three was almost identical. In each instance
he closed to within 50 to 75 yards before opening fire with cannon and
machine guns. Each Nazi plane burst into flames and plummeted to earth.
Jamieson's first victim broke in two when he concentrated his fire behind
the German's cockpit. The second went out of control following strikes
on the tail. It hit the ground and exploded.
Linton, who was leading the section, shot down his first with a two-second
burst from 300 yards. "Then I climbed to 9,000 feet and engaged another
one," Linton said. "I was lucky enough to knock off at least
half his port wing. He flicked over, spiraled down and went straight into
JAMIESON, P/O David Robert Charles (J19196) - DFC
- No.412 Squadron
Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.
This officer is now on his second tour of operations.
He has completed a large number of sorties and has displayed exceptional
keenness to engage the enemy. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft, two
of these in one combat.
FLYING OFFICER BERRYMAN IN AIR BATTLES OVER HOLLAND
Takes Toll of Enemy During Terrific Action in Nijmegen
Sept. 29. While Flt. - Lieut. George Johnson
continues to lead Hamilton airmen in the destruction of enemy aircraft
over France, the Low Countries and Germany, dispatches from the front
line indicate the competition is keen and other Hamiltonians with new
successes are crowding the leading scorer.
Over the Nijmegen Bridge yesterday, according to a Canadian Press story
today, F.O. Lloyd F. Berryman, son of Mr. and
Mrs. F. J. Berryman, 657 King street east, destroyed three enemy aircraft
between dusk and dawn.
"Most potent destroyer was Flt.-Lt. Don Laubman,
of Edmonton, who shot down four and damaged two others. F.O. Lloyd Berryman,
of Hamilton, Ont. was the next highest scorer with three destroyed and
one damaged," according to the story.
"Laubman, whose total 'bag' now is 13 — all since D-day —
downed his first two of the Wednesday total when his squadron, led by
Flt.-Lt. Rod Smith, D.F.C., of Regina, eliminated
eight German planes in an early morning patrol over the bridge area. Smith
also shot down two to raise his total to 11.
"Flt.Lt. C. W. Fox, Guelph, Ont., and Berryman
each destroyed two others, and Fox damaged another two.
"Laubman completed his score in two separate afternoon patrols, while
Berryman destroyed his third enemy plane and crippled another. Also during
the afternoon F.O. D. H Jamieson, D.F.C., of Toronto, shot down a pair
of Focke-Wulf 190's and Flt.-Lt. Baz Dean, of Cowansville, Que., drew
his first blood by destroying a Focke-Wulf."
JAMIESON, F/O David Robert Charles (J19196) - Bar
to DFC - No.412 Squadron
Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December
AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945 and
Globe & Mail 2 January 1945
Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flying
Officer Jamieson has taken part in many more operational sorties during
the period of the Arnhem paratroop landings and subsequent critical days.
His fine fighting spirit, courage and initiative added much to the splendid
effort put up by his squadron. On one occasion he was engaged in air combat
with a far superior number of enemy aircraft. Displaying superb airmanship,
Flying Officer Jamieson destroyed at least two of the enemy fighters without
sustaining any damage to his own aircraft. Under his able leadership his
flight has destroyed or damaged a large number of enemy vehicles. This
officer has himself accounted for forty-seven vehicles, two locomotives
and at least three enemy aircraft.
Canadian Fighter Unit Downs 201 Nazi Planes
An Advanced R.C.A.F. Airfleld in Holland, Dec. 18 (CP).
— Fliers of a Canadian Spitfire wing under Group Capt. G. R. McGregor
and Wing Cmdr. Dal Russel, both of Montreal,
became the second to pass the 200 mark in German aircraft destroyed since
the wing’s formation, when they shot down a pair of FW190's over
Geldern in Germany.
First to establish the mark was the wing commanded jointly by Group Capt.
W. R. MacBrien of Ottawa, and Wing Cmdr. Johnny Johnson,
whose fliers shot down five aircraft Oct. 8, raising their total to 202,
and subsequently to 207. The McGregor-Russel wing's total stands at 201.
The two Canadian units have destroyed 314 Huns between them since D-Day,
scored more than 15 probables and damaged upwards of 200. In addition
to crippling German road and rail transport with dive-bombing, as well
as machine-gun and cannon offensives.
The first Jerry destroyed by McGregor-Russel pilots, July 19, 1943, was
a FW190, joint victim of Sqdn. Ldr. Ian Ormston
of Montreal, and Sqdn. Ldr. Bob Hayward of St.
John's, Nfld. Since then many aces have been born within the wing. The
most, recent being Flt. Lt. Don Laubman, of
Edmonton, with 15 destroyed; Sqdn. Ldr. R. I. Smith,
Regina, 11 destroyed; Flt. Lt. W. J. Banks and
FO. D. R. Jamieson, both of Toronto, each with eight destroyed.