Canadians Bag 4 Nazis In Honor of New Chief
(By DOUGLAS AMARON) London, Nov. 23, 1941 - (CP) - Canadian
fighter pilots, who celebrated the arrival of Air Vice-Marshal Harold
Edwards in Britain by shooting down four German planes over Northern France,
were visited today by the new air officer commanding the R.C.A.F. in Britain
and his predecessor, Air Commodore L. F. Stevenson.
Less than twenty-four hours after he stepped from a plane which brought
him from Canada, Vice-Marshal Edwards went to the Canadians station and
heard first-hand accounts of the engagements of the previous day, which
are considered by air authorities to be one of the finest performances
of the war in the particular type of operation in which the Canadians
The Canadians, who also were credited with one probably destroyed and
four seriously damaged enemy aircraft, were the toast of the station,
and received an informal message of congratulations from Sir Archibald
Sinclair, Secretary of State for Air, and a formal message from Air Vice-Marshal
Trafford Leigh-Mallory, under whose command the squadron operates.
"Congratulations on a splendid showing. Well done, Canadians!"
said Vice-Marshal Leigh-Mallory's message, read to all the squadron's
Like an excited crowd of youngsters who have just won a football game,
the Canadians talked shop most of the day, telling and retelling about
their combats with what was estimated to be a force of at least sixty
Get First Huns
Attention centered on P/O Ian Ormston of Montreal, P/O Don Blakeslee
of Fairport Harbor, Ohio; Sergeant Omer Levesque
of Mont Joli, Que., and Sergeant Don Morrison
of Toronto, each of whom shot down his first plane of the war.
It was a particularly satisfying day for Blakeslee, Levesque and Morrison.
Levesque, in addition to his confirmed victory, came to grips with a second
Nazi and last saw him breaking up in mid-air, while Blakeslee and Morrison
also both inflicted serious damage on a second German plane.
The squadron's commanding officer, S/L Norman Johnstone of Winnipeg and
Regina, and Sergeant Jeff Northcott of Minnedosa, Man., were given credit
for the other damaged German aircraft.
"Those boys made a mighty good show of it," said Johnstone,
beaming with fatherly pride. "The odds were considerably against
them, both in numbers and in consideration of the sweep that took us over
enemy territory. It was the first real fight for a majority of them, and
they pitched right into battle with plenty of courage and no end of ability."
Ormston, who with F/L E. L. Neal of Quebec City,
Blakeslee and Morrison dived into a group of Messerschmitt 109's and new
Focke-Wulf 190's, literally blew his Messerschmitt out of the air.
Levesque, who said that "once in action I forgot the perils because
things were happening too fast," forced the pilot of the first plane
he attacked to bail out and shot part of the wing off the second.
“He Simply Exploded”
Blakeslee, who enlisted at Windsor, Ont., said he spotted the Messerschmitts
at 15,000 feet and dived on them at 6,000. "All we did was dive and
a one-second burst got my man," he said. "He simply exploded."
Morrison, who earlier in his first week with the squadron scored a probable,
spotted three Germans on the tail of Neal's plane.
"I came up from below and knocked off one," Morrison said. "He
apparently didn't know I was there. Later I nearly joined three Focke-Wolf
190's which I thought were Spitfires. I took a crack at the last one and
when last seen he was pouring out black smoke."
The Canadian fighter squadron co-operated with an English squadron whose
members bagged another two enemy craft.
A veteran RAF wing commander with a personal score of eighteen confirmed
victories led the combined English-Canadian squadrons operating from the
fighter command's top-scoring station. The six planes destroyed brought
the station's total of aircraft shot down since the start of the war to
"We saw fifteen Messerschmitts about two miles below us climbing
hard," the wing commander said in describing the action. "Leaving
the British squadron on top, I sent down several sections of the Canadians
to attack. I stayed with the others, keeping a look-out in case assistance
was wanted. It wasn't. Those boys just sailed into the German fighters
and they were a grand sight to watch, whooping down and mixing it with
Chased Into France
"After the fight had been going on for some time our pilots started
to chase the Messerschmitts deeper into France, and as I didn't want them
to get too widely scattered, I told them over the radio to come back and
call it off. It was well that they did, for another bunch of Messerschmitts
had approached higher up."
The wing commander sent the English squadron after these, and one German
fighter promptly was sent smoking down to earth. Both squadrons then started
for home, running into another batch of enemy fighters on the way.
During the flight home Levesque, who transferred to the air force from
a French-Canadian army unit, got his Nazi.
"He was having a tough struggle," the wing commander said. "The
Messerschmitt he was fighting finally plunged into a wood just inside
the French coast and exploded like a bomb."
Over the coast and the Channel the squadrons met more German fighters
in ones and twos, and the commander estimated that they encountered about
sixty in all.
"Really," he said, "it was a grand afternoon for both squadrons."
J. P. Bickel, Toronto mine owner, who has held positions of importance
in the Ministry of Aircraft Production, arrived with Air Vice-Marshal
Edwards, as did Brigadier G. R. Turner, who is returning to his post at
Canadian Corps Headquarters after a visit to Canada.
Mr. Bickel was met by Sir Archibald Rowlands, Permanent Secretary of the
Aircraft Production Ministry. He said he was here "for a couple of
Flight Lieutenant Bill Broadribb of Ottawa also accompanied Edwards.
The flight across the Atlantic was described as "cold.”
Born in Rapid City, Manitoba, 25 November 1920.
Lives in Minnedosa, Manitoba
Enlisted 3 June 1940.
No.6 EFTS &
Arrived in UK, 11 April 1941.
No.401 Squadron, 10 June 1941 to 23 July 1942;
to Middle East Command, 1 May to 20 August 1942
No.53 OTU, 20 September 1942 to 3 May 1943;
No.416 Squadron, 3 May 1943 but,
Immediately attached to No.402 Squadron
- with which he served until July 1944.
Repatriated to Canada, August 1944;
Returned to UK, 20 January 1945;
No.126 Wing, 27 January to 6 August 1945
and again 21 September 1945 to 30 March 1946
Repatriated in March 1946,
Released 3 June 1946.
TCA (Air Canada) pilot;
Active in RCAF Auxiliary, 1949-1955.
In 1955 joined Trans-Air Limited;
General manager in April 1956.
In 1959 he was Vice-President in charge of
survey operations, Spartan Air Services.
Canadian Fliers Slam Germans at Week-End
London, June 27, 1943 - (CP) - Royal Canadian Air Force
pilots shot down four enemy aircraft during the week-end, attacked enemy
airfields, laid mines in enemy waters and blasted a train in enemy-occupied
territory, it was disclosed tonight.
Two of the enemy aircraft went to S/L Charles Cecil Moran, 28, of Trenton,
Ont., and one to W/C J. E. Johnson,
an Englishman serving with the R.C.A.F. Johnson raised his score to 19
in a conflict near St. Omer, France. Two pilots shared in destruction
of the fourth.
Moran, commander of an Intruder squadron of the Fighter Command, finished
off his two planes over an airfield south of Paris on Saturday night.
Johnson and his wing were flying to Northern France when they spotted
36 enemy fighters and tried to engage them, but the Germans scurried away.
The Canadians jumped six others coming from the west. Johnson hit a Focke-Wulf
190 in six or seven places and saw it dive in a cloud of smoke.
Meanwhile, pilots of another Canadian Spitfire Wing under W/C Lloyd V.
Chadburn of Aurora, Ont., were having a busy
time escorting a group of fighters that were attacking an enemy convoy
within range of the heavy coastal defenses of Holland.
Toronto Men Made Kill
In this action F/L Jack Rae, 760 Spadina, Avenue,
and F/O Bob (Dagwood) Phillips, 207 Strathmore Boulevard, Toronto, shared
honors in bringing down a Focke-Wulf 190.
S/L Geoff Northcott of Minnedosa, Man., and W/C Chadburn damaged an ME-109
and a Focke-Wulf 190, respectively.
Flying a Mosquito, Moran in the other encounter saw the light of Avord
airfield and found five planes circling it.
"We stooged around a bit," Moran said, "and watched two
land and two more take off. So we waited for our chance. A short burst
of cannon fire hit one and when it went down in flames we were able to
identify him by the light of his fire.
"He was a Heinkel 111. Ten minutes later we attacked a Junkers 88,
he added. "There was an explosion and the plane hit the ground and
Seeing a bomb hit the base of a radio pylon at Bourges, Moran gunned the
mast. He found a moving train on his way home and shot up the locomotive
AERIAL ATTACK AGAINST ENEMY GROWS IN FURY
Mosquito Squadrons Wing Deep Into France to Inflict Damage
QUIET OVER WEEKEND
London, June 28, 1943 — (CP) — A large force
of United States heavy bombers attacked targets in France late today.
London, June 28, 1943 — (AP) — R.A.F. Typhoons and Hurricanes
sank two enemy ships early today, drove another blazing on a beach and
brought three more to a standstill after a night in which R.A.F. Mosquito
squadrons winged deep into France to hammer airports and railways in the
mounting Allied aerial offensive. The latest engagement was reported by
the Air Ministry to have taken place off the coast of Holland where swift
R.A.F. fighters found five enemy coastal vessels sailing in a line.
Attack in Waves
These vessels were attacked in waves and the final wave of flyers also
attacked ships, believed to be tugs, trying to aid the convoy. One R.A.F.
plane was lost, the Air Ministry announced, in contrast to the German
high command's claim that nine were shot down. The Germans also asserted
that the convoy suffered only minor damage.
Hurtling through intense antiaircraft fire, fighters closed in to 500
or 600 yards with guns blazing in the initial attack on the convoy. An
explosion and yellow flames suggesting an ammunition fire burst out of
one 800-ton ship, which was beached, the Air Ministry said.
One pilot saw a 600-ton ship sink within 10 minutes. When the second wave
of planes came over, another 600-ton ship had disappeared.
Other Typhoon bombers arriving later found two more ships which looked
like tugs ploughing to the assistance of the remaining two vessels at
a standstill. One of these poured out smoke after hits were registered
all over her, it was stated.
In the blows by the Mosquitoes the Air Ministry said two railway yards
were hit, locomotives were raked with machine-gun fire and R-boats off
Cherbourg were straddled with bombs.
There were no indications that British planes were over Germany during
It was the first time after seven consecutive nightly attacks against
the Ruhr and western Germany that the R.A.F. failed to strike at war plants
in Germany proper.
It was the ninth night, however, of the current Allied aerial offensive
against Hitler's Europe.
The week-end assaults slackened in intensity, however, from the punishing
raids last week on the Ruhr and on airports and railway targets in France.
Bad weather hampered operations Saturday. American bomber crews returned
with bomb racks still loaded because they could not spot their objectives
through heavy cloud formations and following an air force policy of not
bombing indiscriminately over France.
The R.A.F. and R.C.A.F. followed up Saturday night with raids on unspecified
targets in western and northwestern Germany, and on objectives in France.
Nazi shipping off the Dutch coast was attacked Sunday by R.C.A.F. planes
and three escort vessels and a supply ship were reported probably damaged.
Pilots attacking the convoy had a busy time. F/L Jack Rae
and F/O Bob Phillips, both of Toronto, shared honours in downing a Focke-Wulf
190. S/L Geoff Northcott of Minnedosa, Man. and W/C Lloyd V. Chadburn,
Aurora, Ont., leader of the flight, damaged an ME-109 and a Focke-Wulf
(A German communiqué, broadcast from Berlin and recorded by the
Associated Press, said 60 British bombers and fighters attacked a convoy
off Scheveningen, the Netherlands. It asserted that nine of the raiders
were shot down and the convoy "succeeded in putting into its harbour
destination with only minor damage.")
NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson (J15088) - Distinguished
Flying Cross - No.416 Sq.
Award effective 12 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943
AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.
This officer, who has completed fifty-five operations,
has displayed outstanding ability. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft
and damaged several more. In addition he has participated in several effective
attacks on shipping. By his personal example he has won the confidence
of all with whom he has flown.
German Chemical Works At Leverkusen
Are Hit During Night
Düsseldorf Is Attacked — Five Bombers Lost in Widespread Raids
London, Aug. 23, 1943 — (CP) — R.A.F. and
Canadian bombers returned to their crushing attacks on Germany last night
after an interval of two nights and the Air Ministry announced that the
chemical works at Leverkusen, six miles north of Cologne, were the special
The German radio said that Düsseldorf, in the Rhineland, also was
attacked and that 11 British fighters and a "number" of bombers
were shot down in "random" attacks on other objectives in the
western Reich. The Air Ministry described these as intruder patrols over
railway targets and airfields.
The Air Ministry said five bombers were lost in the night's activities.
Canadian Plane Missing
R.C.A.F. headquarters announced that one of the missing bombers was Canadian.
It said several squadrons of the R.C.A.F. bomber group were out with
the R.A.F. and that at the same time R.C.A.F. Mosquitos on intruder patrol
attacked railways and airfields in france and Belgium.
Over Leverkusen and other targets, heavy clouds made it difficult to see
results, the air communiqué said.
Leverkusen was bombed twice in 1940 but has not been a specific target
Hardly had the night raiders returned than light bombers and fighter sped
out by daylight today to resume the assaults.
The night attack ended a lull that had lasted since Thursday night when
Mosquitos struck at Berlin.
Spitfires were out in force during the day and RAF medium bombers attacked
the St. Omer freight yards. The Air Ministry said the planes were not
A Canadian Spitfire wing encountered more than 15 Messerschmitt 109s over
the Gosnay area in northern France. The English leader, W/C J. E. Johnson,
shot down an enemy aircraft to become the second highest scoring pilot
still serving with the fighter command, with 23 victims.
The Vichy radio said American planes raided a place in Normandy.
F/O R. S. Middlemiss of Montreal, a member of the R.C.A.F. Wolf Squadron,
damaged a Messerschmitt in the Canadian-Nazi scrap over the Gosnay area.
During these night operations, it was learned today, S/L G. W.
Northcott, of Minnedosa, Man., was credited with shooting down
an enemy aircraft over France.
Enemy raiders scattered bombs in East Anglia and also rumbled over southeast
England last night. At least two were shot down. An alarm sounded in London
soon after midnight but no incidents were reported.
Late yesterday marauder medium bombers of the United States 8th Air Force
attacked an enemy airfield at Beaumont Le Roger in occupied France. Escorting
R.A.F. and R.C.A.F. Spitfires and the bombers knocked down nine enemy
fighters. One bomber and eight Allied fighters were listed as missing,
but all the Canadian aircraft returned safely.
During the operation an unidentified Canadian squadron leader shot down
a Focke-Wulf in one of the "great many" combats fought by the
R.C.A.F. fighter wing, an R.C.A.F. communiqué said.
Four Awards Made to Canadian Airmen
Ottawa, Aug. 28, 1943 — Air Force headquarters last night announced
award of Distinguished Flying Crosses to S/L G. W. Northcott of
North Minnedosa, Man.; F/L J. A. Rae of
760 Spadina avenue, Toronto and P/O A. G. Brunet of 22 Arthur avenue,
St. Thomas, Ont., and made public the award of the Distinguished Flying
Medal to P/O, then Sgt., W. L. Canter of 252 Grace street, Toronto.
Big Blows Delivered Against Kassel and Frankfurt By Allies
R.A.F. and Canadians Lose 28 Bombers in Assault Made During Night
London, Oct. 4, 1943 — (CP) — R.A.F. and
Canadian heavy bombers hit Kassel, 91 miles northeast of Frankfurt, last
night in the fourth big blow in six months against that manufacturing
center for Nazi fighter planes, locomotives and other important war machines,
it was announced today.
Aircraft from the Canadian bomber group were out in considerable numbers.
The assault was officially described as heavy. It cost 24 bombers.
Four of the missing bombers were Canadian. The R.C.A.F. participation
in the raid was by Halifax bombers and their crews reported the bombing
was well concentrated with many large fires started. At the same time
Canadian Mosquitoes made intruder patrols over northern France and the
Low Countries, without loss.
Today in daylight, American heavy bombers supported by long-range fighters
swept into Germany and attacked targets in Frankfurt, which is 91 miles
southwest of Kassel.
Today's raid by the American bombers and their escorts was the first daylight
attack of the war on Frankfurt.
Split Enemy Defences
The twin blows followed the now-familiar Allied strategy of splitting
the German defences, as the cities lie less than 100 miles apart, one
east of the Ruhr and the other southeast.
While the R.A.F. and R.C.A.F. heavy bombers were delivering last night's
major raid, light Mosquitoes dropped explosives on Hanover, 160 miles
west of Berlin, in the second blow at that industrial city in six days.
It was raided in force by the R.A.F. and R.C.A.F. on September 27.
Three enemy patrol boats in the Bordeaux area were damaged, mines were
scattered through enemy shipping lanes and a Junkers-88 was shot down
by still other Mosquitoes ranging the French Channel coast.
Five hundred tons of bombs were dropped Saturday night on Munich, the
Nazi party's birthplace and a main supply outlet from southern Germany
into Italy. The industrial city of Hagen was attacked Friday night.
The British-Canadian smash at Munich highlighted the obvious Allied intention
to subject all of Germany to a two-directional air offensive from Britain
and eventually from Italy — for it followed by less than 48 hours
the first American heavy bomber raid on the same city from northwest African
The American attack on Munich was carried out in daylight Friday simultaneously
with, a similar raid on a Messerschmitt factory at Wiener-Neustadt, near
Vienna. A communiqué announced significantly that both formations
had been transferred recently to the Northwest African Air Command from
Britain and the Middle East.
Heavy bombers, escorted by fighters, smashed at northwestern Germany by
daylight Saturday and attacked port installations at Emden. Then, rounding
out the week-end offensive, R.A.F. and Allied medium bombers swept out
in daylight yesterday and attacked enemy airfields and other installations
in France and Holland.
Besides battering airfields, these armadas bit another chunk from Hitler's
western European aerial defences as escorting fighters knocked down 24
enemy planes, of which nine fell to Canadians. An Air Ministry official
said this was the greatest number ever destroyed by the R.A.F. and R.C.A.F.
in one day's offensive over enemy territory.
Top scorers in the weekend scrambles were F/S H.W. Bowker,
of Granby, Que., and F/O Art Coles of Vancouver, who got two Germans each.
Others were credited to S/L R.W. (Buck) McNair
of North Battleford, Sask., who hung up his 16th victory; W/C L.V. Chadburn
of Aurora, Ont.; F/O W.G. Dodd of Winnipeg; F/O
Frank Packard of Montreal, and P/O John Hicks of Ottawa.
German fighters were out in force to combat the heavy weekend blows and
put up some heavy dogfights. Summing it up, S/L G.E.W. Northcott of Minnedosa,
Man. said, "The Jerries were in a scrapping mood for once."
Two Canadian planes were lost of a total Allied loss of 11.
BAG 3 NAZIS, 5 LOCOMOTIVES
London, Oct. 24, 1943 - (CP) - R.C.A.F. Spitfire and
Mustang squadrons today destroyed at least three Nazi fighters and one
reconnaissance aircraft during a busy day escorting bombers, patrolling
and sweeping Northern France. Five locomotives were shot up and a number
of aircraft were damaged with the loss of one Spitfire.
S/L G. W. Northcott of Minnedosa, Man., shot down a Focke-Wulf fighter
while his Spitfire squadron was escorting United States medium bombers
attacking an air base at Montdidier, France.
F/O J. D. Browne of Forham Park, N.J., flying in a Spitfire wing commanded
by W/C Hugh Godefroy of Toronto, destroyed
a Messerschmitt 109 and damaged another during a sweep over France. Other
members of the wing damaged at least two more.
P/O Gordon Driver, 14 Willowbank Blvd., Toronto, damaged a Focke-Wulf
190 during a melee in which the Canadians were outnumbered nearly 4 -
1. S/L Charles Magwood of Toronto, leader of
the Red Indian Squadron, also damaged a Focke-Wulf.
From this scrap S/L Robert A. Buckham of Vancouver,
leader of the Wolf Squadron, returned home with a damaged motor that had
been holed by a cannon shell.
Details of other successes were not immediately available.
500 American Bombers Blast Submarine Base In Biggest
London, Nov. 3, 1943 - (AP) - The largest force of heavy
bombers ever sent out by the United States Air Force — probably
500 or more — battered its way with long-range fighter protection
through strong German opposition to smash the important port and naval
base of Wilhelmshaven and other targets in Northwestern Germany today.
The raiding force destroyed 34 German planes, 18 falling to the heavy
bombers and 16 being shot down by the escorting fighters. In other daylight
operations over Occupied France and Holland, Spitfire pilots knocked down
12 German fighters, all but one being victims of Canadian pilots. Medium
bombers destroyed two, bringing the total loss for the day to 48 for the
The total Allied losses for the day were five heavy bombers, two medium
bombers and three fighters, a joint Air Ministry and United States Air
Force communiqué said.
The cross-Channel air war continued after dark with a short alert in London
— indicating Britain's 13th German raid in 19 nights — and
German radio stations went off the air, often a sign that the R.A.F. is
raiding the Continent.
(D.N.B., German agency, said in a broadcast that the R.A.F. bombed Cologne
The record raid by the heavy bombers followed earlier sweeps over the
Continent by 8th Air Force medium bombers escorted by R.A.F., Dominion
and Allied Spitfires in attacks on enemy airfields at St. Andre de L’Eure
and Tricqueville in France and Amsterdam-Schiphol in Holland.
In other operations Typhoon bombers raided shipping along the French coast,
damaging 12 barges and four boats
Today's attack was the sixth American raid on Wilhelmshaven and the third
assault on which escorts went all the way to the target and back with
the bombers but it was the fighters' longest trip. The other two-way trips
were to Emden, a little short of Wilhelmshaven,
Vigorous opposition by groups of as many as 75 German fighters were reported
by the fliers. But they were unanimously enthusiastic about the way the
two-engine twin-tail Lightnings — flying close to the bombers while
Thunderbolts provided high and surrounding cover — kept the Germans
on the run.
Nine of the German fighters destroyed by Spitfires were victims of an
R.C.A.F. fighter wing commanded by W/C Lloyd V. Chadburn
of Aurora, Ont., and were destroyed as the fighters protected Allied bombers
raiding Schiphol Airdrome at Amsterdam. The other two were shot down by
S/L Charles Magwood of Toronto and F/L John
Sherlock of Calgary while escorting bombers in a raid on St. Andrew de
L’Eure Airport in France.
Chadburn and F/L Jack Mitchner of Kitchener,
Ont., each got two planes. Other Canadian victors: F/L Danny Noonan,
Kingston, Ont., 1½ planes; F/L Arthur Sager,
Vancouver, one-half plane; F/L Doug Booth, Vancouver, F/L Jeff Northcott,
Minnedosa, Man., and a Toronto flying officer named Jacobs, one each.
R.C.A.F.'S BAG DURING WEEK INCLUDES SUB
Ottawa, Dec. 17, 1943 (CP) — Mosquito pilots of
the R.C.A.F. overseas destroyed one Heinkel 111 and damaged another during
the last week, while the two-man crew of another Mosquito shot down three
of four bombers destroyed over England last Friday and a Coastal Command
Flying Fortress, whose second pilot was a Canadian, sank a U-boat after
two depth-charge attacks.
In addition, the R.C.A.F. said in a summary of overseas operations tonight,
Spitfire squadrons of the RCAF were active last Monday carrying out sweeps
in support of United States Flying Fortresses and Liberators hammering
targets in Northwest Germany. Two squadrons later escorted Marauders of
the United States Army Air Force in an attack on Schiphol airfield in Amsterdam.
Last Tuesday P/O C. B. Witt of Morden, Man., shared in the victory of
a Coastal Command Beaufighter squadron off the coast of Norway. Two Beaufighters
were patrolling when they saw a Dornier three-engined, long-range flying
boat ahead. They immediately attacked it and set it on fire.
Crew of the Fighter Command Mosquito which destroyed three bombers last
Friday was F/O R. D. Schultz of Bashaw, Alta.,
and F/O Vernon Williams of Hamilton, the plane's pilot and navigator respectively.
They took off to intercept enemy bombers attacking England and shot down
a Dornier 217, blowing it up in mid-air. They then encountered and destroyed
another Do217, accounting for their third victim after their own aircraft
had been damaged and was flying on only one engine.
New Base Effective
The Coastal Command plane which sank the U-boat was captained by an Englishman.
The submarine was the first victim to fall to a squadron operating from
newly acquired bases in the Azores.
F/O D. Thompson of Westmount, Que., second pilot, described the second
attack against the U-boat as "a beautiful straddle."
The Heinkel 111 shot down Sunday was destroyed by F/L Robert Kipp
of Kamloops, B.C. The second Heinkel was severely damaged by F/O J. Johnson
of Omemee. Kipp's navigator was F/O Pete Huletsky of Montreal and Johnson's
was F/O J. Gibbons of Vancouver. The combat occurred in daylight over
France. (Johnson and Kipp shared them both –ed)
Squadrons commanded by S/L E. L. (Jeep) Neal, D.F.C.,
of Quebec; S/L I. G. Ormston, D.F.C., of Montreal; S/L George C. Keefer,
D.F.C., of Charlottetown; S/L R. A. Buckham,
D.F.C. (United States), and S/L G. M. Magwood,
D.F.C., of Toronto carried out sweeps on Monday.
In close escort of United States heavy bombers were squadrons commanded
by S/L G. W. Northcott, D.F.C., of Minnedosa, Man., and
S/L F. E. Green, D.F.C., of Toronto.
The squadrons commanded by Buckham and Northcott escorted the American
marauders in their attack on Schiphol airfield.
NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson, DFC (J15088) - Bar
to DFC - No.402 Squadron
Award effective 29 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 31 December
AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944
Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has participated
in a large number of sweeps, during which he has destroyed four enemy
aircraft, bringing his victories to at least nine destroyed. Squadron
Leader Northcott's fine fighting spirit has been an inspiration to all
members of the squadron he commands.
Northcott (front and center) with "his" 402 Squadron. Wilbert Dodd is on his left (light pants). Shortly after this picture was taken, 402 became Dodd's squadron. Click it for a closer look.
Behind The Lines
August 19th 1944 - "Come on up and fight" is
what the boys of the City of Winnipeg fighter squadron are saying these
days to the Luftwaffe, as they escort Allied bombers, according to an
R.C.A.F. public relations story
But the German pilots, probably remembering the severe mauling the Canadian
squadron gave them in months gone by — notably in August and September,
1943, when 43 German planes were shot down for a loss of only one Canadian
aircraft, and that from engine trouble — seem loath to try conclusions
The Winnipeggers are distinctly bored and they admit it. They haven't
seen a German in months and although they see all the bombing and have
some bird's-eye views of the action in France, "We never get a shot
at a German," says F/L W. G. Dodd, Winnipeg.
The squadron's early days in Britain were exciting enough. The late W/C
L. V. Chadburn, D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C. of Aurora,
Ont., was its wing commander in 1940 when the Winnipeggers landed in Britain
in June. Their squadron commander was S/L G. W. Northcott, D.F.C.
and Bar, of Minnedosa, Man., and a fine team he and Chadburn
were. Such famous flyers as the late Paddy Finucane and the present leading
British Empire fighter ace, W/C Johnny Johnson,
with 35 aircraft destroyed to his credit, also flew with the wing for
None of the present pilots are "originals" of the squadron but
a number of the ground crew boys are. They include Sgt. S. H. Baker, aero-engine
mechanic, of Ancaster, Ont.
12 DECORATED FOR GALLANTRY IN AIR FIGHTING
Ottawa, Sept. 25 (CP).—S/L G. W. Northcott of Minnedosa, Man.,
has added the Distinguished Service Order ribbon to decorations that include
the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, it was disclosed tonight.
Northcott's award was announced by Air Force Headquarters with two other
DSOs, six DFCs and three Distinguished Flying Medals for gallantry overseas.
Northcott won the new decoration for inspiring leadership in fighter operations
over the Normandy beaches. The recipients:
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
Sqdn, Ldr. G. W. Northcott, Minnedosa, Man.
Sqdn. Ldr. H. T. Tilson, Regina,
Sqdn. Ldr. D. J. Williams, Vancouver.
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
FO. C. J. Kirkpatrick, 149 Arkell St. W., Hamilton.
NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson, DFC (J15088) - DSO
- No.402 Sq
Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and
AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.
This officer has completed two tours of operational duty
and throughout has set an example of skill, gallantry and devotion to
duty of the highest order. In recent operations in Normandy, his squadron
has provided fighter cover over the beaches and convoy area, often in
bad weather and, during these missions, Squadron Leader Northcott has
displayed gallant and inspiring leadership. This officer has destroyed
nine enemy aircraft.
19 Canadians Decorated
At Buckingham Palace
London, July 3, 1945 - (CP) - Three decorations,
the highest number ever presented to a single Canadian flier at
one time since Flt. Lt. George (Buzz) Beurling of Verdun, Que., was decorated, were handed by the King today to
Wing Cmdr. Geoffrey Northcott of Minnedosa, Man. The fighter ace
received the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying
Cross and Bar.
While W/C Northcott refused to discuss the exploits which won him
the triple award, records show him winning the DFC in August, 1943,
after flying 55 operations as a Spitfire pilot and the bar to the
DFC came three months later. The DSO he received for "outstanding
actions over the Normandy Beaches" during the invasion of France
Northcott is 25 and a wartime volunteer known in the Air Force as
an expert in attacks on shipping.
Aces High (2nd edition) lists Victories with aircraft
flown as follows:
|22 Nov 1941
12 Feb 1942
16 May 1942
23 June 1942
26 June 1942
9 July 1942
13 July 1942
13 Aug 1942
27 June 1943
2 Aug 1943
22 Aug 1943
4 Sept 1943
3 Oct 1943
24 Oct 1943
3 Nov 1943
1 May 1945
|(Spitfire AD418, "Y")
(no identifiable aircraft)
(No.603 Sq. Malta, "C")
(No.603 Sq. Malta, "N")
(No.603 Sq. Malta, "Z")
(No.603 Sq. Malta, "N")
(No.603 Sq. Malta, "N")
(No.229 Sq. Malta, "L")
(No.402 Sq., EP120 "A") *
(Spitfire coded JEFF)
* - This Spit V (EP120 - below) is still flying today
and bares the paint scheme of the
RCAF's 402 "City of Winnipeg" squadron's AE-A as Northcott flew
It is owned and operated by The Fighter Collection based at Duxford.
This photo was taken at the "Sally B Party" in 2007 by Mike
& is copyright by Mike and used with his permission
NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson, DSO (J15088) - Officer,
Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands)
Award effective 6 February 1948 as per AFRO 81/48 of that date.
Public Records Office Air 2/9293 has recommendation drafted when he was
In operational command of No.126 Wing, Royal Air Force
[sic], stationed at the aerodrome Heesch from February until April 1945,
through his excellent work has greatly contributed to the liberation of
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