DOUBLE PLAY ON ROBOTS MADE BY CANADIANS
London, June 25, 1944 (CP) — Canadian heavy bombers
switched from the long Germany run to concentrate on buzz-bomb bases around
the Pas-de-Calais area Saturday night and this morning, hitting those
robot plane launching areas through heavy flak and belts of searchlights.
One R.C.A.F. aircraft is missing.
In each attack, R.C.A.F. Halifaxes and Lancasters provided the main force,
joining with the R.A.F. and the U.S.A.A.F. heavies in plastering the ramps
from where the pilotless planes are catapulted into Southern England.
Apparently their aim is good as the number of buzz-bombs reported over
England are getting fewer each day.
On this morning's run, searchlights were reported the chief defense. "There
must have been 60 or 70 of them," said Mid-upper Gnr. Sgt. H. R.
Forster of Punnichy., Sask. "Some heavy flak came up with them and
burst below us, but didn't give us any trouble."
Bombs Shot Down
Flt. Sgt. Ivan Gravelle, Montreal, reported the destruction of the buzz-bombs
was a double-play affair. He said that on the way to bomb the robots'
bases, his aircraft passed some pilotless planes and watched them being
coned in searchlights on the British coast and knocked out of the air.
Two Canadian fliers returned from today's daylight attack with souvenirs
in the way of flak wounds. PO. Bill Mackay, Toronto, had a piece of metal
crash through his turret, shattering the mouthpiece of his intercom and
scratching his cheek. PO. Con Kelway, Victoria, had flak break through
his turret and cut his nose on the way past.
Kelway probably was the luckier. His plane, piloted by Flt. Lt. G. W.
Higgins, D.F.C., Charlottetown, hit a storm of flack as it was passing
over the French coast. "To get away from it," said Higgins,
"we were obliged to dive to the deck. We were so low the altimeter
read 300 feet below sea level."
The attack was a "wonderful sight," said PO. Bob Brown of Toronto,
"Our bombs going down looked as though we had put them through the
funnel." FO. George Johnston, Simcoe, Ont., also rated the buzz-bomb
blow as an exceptionally good attack.
The plane piloted by FO. G. A. McNaughton, Kelowna, B.C., ran into heavy
flak over the French coast, suffering three direct hits. The starboard
engines were knocked out, oxygen lines were severed, the wings were holed
and the bomb bay was damaged, but the plane completed the attack and limped
back to base.
The mission marked the 100th sortie for the Bluenose Squadron, formed
a year ago. It also was the 33rd trip for FO Bob Prat of Toronto, and
as usual, he carried a rabbit's foot dangling from the collar of his battledress.
Mosquito planes flying intruder patrols continued operations with WO.
Walter Gordon Kirkwood, Edmonton, and Observer WO. C. N. Matheson, Winnipeg,
knocking down a JU188 near Le Havre.
Born 6 December 1922 in Vegreville, Alberta;
Home in Edmonton;
Enlisted there 21 August 1941.
No.4 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942),
No. 18 EFTS, No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942)
No.4 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).
Arrived in UK, 18 December 1942.
Attended No.12 (P) AFU, 4 March to 15 June 1943;
at No.54 OTU, 15 June to 14 September 1943;
No.409 Squadron, 14 September 1943 to 31 July '44
At "R" Depot (possibly on leave to Canada)-
- 31 July to 18 September 1944.
No.406 Squadron, 18 September 1944 to 3 April '45
At No.54 OTU, 3 April to 1 August 1945.
To Canada, 2 August 1945;
released, 21 September 1945.
Eight Overseas Named for DFC
Ottawa, Oct. 2, 1944 - (CP) - The RCAF tonight announced the award of
eight Distinguished Flying Crosses to RCAF personnel serving overseas.
The recipients include :
PO. W. G. Kirkwood (address not available).
PO. C. N. Matheson (address not available).
KIRKWOOD, WO1 (now P/O) Walter Gordon (R121850/J87765)
- DFC - 409 Sq.
Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.
As pilot and observer respectively, these officers have
completed many night fighter sorties. They have displayed praiseworthy
keenness and skill throughout and have destroyed three enemy aircraft
Cited with WO2 (now PO) Colin N. Matheson (RCAF observer,
also awarded DFC)
Award presented 11 September 1946
Victories Include :
24/25 June 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed;
28/29 June 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed;
18/19 July 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed north
30/31 July 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, Vire;
31/01 Jan. 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed, Ahlhorn.