It does not really matter

Note

Sorry for posting the wrong article yesterday. That was an honest mistake. I am explaining everything on my blog about RCAF 403 Squadron.

Does it really matter how many visitors I get on this blog or my other blogs?

I just like to write and learn, and share what I have learned with others, young and old.

I am a retired teacher.

I taught for 34 years!

That’s what I told Pat when we talked on the phone for more than 30 minutes this week. I wanted to give her a little background on myself because I did not want to scare her away with my passion for history, aviation, and WWII.

Pat is Patricia, she is this pilot’s daughter. Her father died when she was just 8 years-old.

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You must be getting tired of all these posts about that pilot on this blog which is about RCAF 443 Squadron.

You will have to get use to it, because Pat is willing to share all she knows about her father who got killed overseas on October 11, 1944. Maybe he was shot down by friendly fire while flying an Auster…

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Maybe he got too close to the front lines.

What people don’t know is that Louis Paul Émile Piché was a French-Canadian whose parents emigrated to the U.S.

He did not have to fight in that war, but he did. That what his granddaughter told me in a message she sent after I talked to her mother…

I never had the privilege to meet my Grandpa, but he is a hero in my eyes. When WWII broke out, he was living in the States and did not have to serve in the RCAF, but he felt compelled to do so. That decision forever changed the lives those further down the family tree.

So you see, it does not really matter if I have just a few visitors on this blog because I will keep writing about Louis Paul Émile Piché, a French-Canadian who did not have to serve in the RCAF, but felt compelled to do so.

He was a pilot whose picture was not on this page shared by Art Sager’s son.

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I have added Paul Piché on it…

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As a footnote to all this…

What people don’t know also is how Paul Piché’s granddaughter found out about my blog about her Grandpa?

A school project!

Her 12-year-old nephew was doing research about her Grandpa for a school project!

That great news!

Now he can tell all his friends at school to read my blog about RCAF No. 443 Squadron, and why not read all the others…

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Lest We Forget
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RAF 23 Squadron
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RAF 293 Squadron
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RCAF No. 403 Squadron
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Remembering HMCS Regina K- 234
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Footnote to all this…

Kids, if you read the story about the cow, Paul did not mean to kill the cow when he was buzzing an open field.

Footnote to the footnote

The cow story is here.

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Just a picture

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I was too excited and I posted this on the wrong blog!

Proceed with your reading anyway…

Bruce McNair just sent this.

Dad Rod number 6 course

With this personal message…

Hi Pierre,

I won’t tax you with mon francais fracturé here, so relax!  As you have been chatting about Rod and my Dad on your blog , I thought you might be i interested in this photo.  This was taken on graduation, Course Number 6.  They now knew how to fly!  The names are set out and I have blown up the relevant part, showing Rod on the left and Dad on the right.  It was all ahead of them- war, madness, scrambles, ramrods,  heart-ache and ultimately, victory.  Most didn’t make it to 1945.  Dad lived until 1971, Rod until 2002.

Cheers

Bruce

Just a picture?

Think again.

Dad Rod number 6 course close up

Click here to get redirected to my 403 blog.

Paul Piche Killed

I had never noticed this before on these two pages sent by Arthur Horrell’s grandniece Nicole…

One picture is missing from this page of Art Sager’s pictures of the men under his command.

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In fact two pictures are missing.

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I wonder who was Chuck Charlesworth?

Is it him mentioned on this Website?

Weather clear and warm, visibility very good. Squadron took part in front line patrols again today without incident. This airfield was subjected to an attack by enemy anti-personnel bombs at approximately 1100 hrs. It is likely that only one large container of these bombs was dropped; there were two casualties among our pilots, W/O Gaudet received a slight cut on one arm which was treated immediately and this pilot cleared as fit; F/L H. C. Charlesworth was injured in the left arm and has been transferred to Casualty Clearing Station at Eindhoven for X-Ray to determine the extent of his injuries which at present are considered only slight. There were two other attacks later in the day but not in our immediate vicinity. P/O P.C. Bookman returned this evening with a replacement Spitfire for the Squadron. Personnel busily engaged in “digging-in” around their living quarters as only protection against enemy attack by missiles from the air.

Source

buzzing the airfield

Two Spitfires of 443 Squadron take off
at radio-mast height of flying control van in Holland.

Is it just another name popping out also on this Website…?

Course 17: January 4 – March 7, 1941

Group Captain Frank McGill presented wings and addressed the graduates.

“The army, navy and air force all have an equal job to do in winning the war and no service alone will achieve the victory.”

(J/4554) Douglas Bruce Annan (DFC, AFC), (J/4556) John Wylie Wood, Shawness, Alberta; (J/4557) Cyril Victor Mark – AFC, +(J/4560) Arthur Williams – 74 Sqn.; (J/4561) Roderick Illingsworth Alpine Smith – DFC & Bar – 126 Sqn.; (J/4562) John Eric Hockey – POW 434 Sqn.; +(J/4563) George Ketchen Graham, Belleville; +(J/4566) Warren Ainsley Roberts – 405 Sqn.; (J/4567) James Weir Clarke; (R/60421) Robert Clarence Pearson, (R/60522) Louis Rolston Babb, (R/74146) Robert Kennedy Storie, John ‘Jack’ Robertson, Hammond, Indiana; Arthur Pratt Harrison, Owen Sound; George L. Sprague, Ottawa; (R/71258) Francis Hugh Belcher – POW; Chuck McLean, Brockville;

Harold Clinton Charlesworth – 12/601/443 Sqns., Chemainus, B.C., +(R/74596 – J/15097)

Thomas Douglas Holden – 411 Sqn., Chilliwack, B.C., Charles A. Rainsforth – 198 Sqn., Edmonton; (J/18793) Michael Rico Sharun – DFC 416 Sqn., St. Paul, Alberta; J.G.K. Barrie, Edmonton; James Weir Clark, Hezenmore, Alberta; +(R/54314) William George Pavely – 615 Sqn., Ottawa; R.G. Smith, Chatham; James Cartwright Uniacke Bayly – 402 Sqn., Toronto; E. Heid, Toronto; Herbert Hugh Hinton, Streetsville; J.D. Marsh, Ft. William; J.W. Munro, Madoc; +(J/13467) William Robert Widdess – 198 Sqn., Peterborough; (R77007 – J/15970) William Frank Kenwood – 411 Sqn., POW 92 Sqn., Westmount, Que.; L.B. Madden, St. Laurent; +(J/23021) Walter Gerard O’Hagan – 402 Sqn., Montreal; +(J/13996) Arnold Ridgway, Outremont; M.A.C. Smith, Rougemont Station; (J/15056) Richard Attwill Ellis – DFC 412 Sqn., Montreal West; J.C. Marshall, Montreal; (R/74035) Joseph Bernard Marius Vilandre – POW 111 Sqn., Montreal; R.S. Bowker, Granby; (J/21668) Bernard Bryce Miller – DFC 428 Sqn., Carman, Manitoba

Not much information, but at least I know he did not get killed.

Footnote

After writing this article, I found more information about F/L Charlesworth on this Website.

TWO STUKAS ARE CITY ACE’S ONE-DAY SCORE
F/L Don Gordon Registers Ninth Kill Supporting Canadians
in West Front Drive

9 Feb. 1945 – F/L Don C. Gordon, D.F.C., shot down two German Stukas Thursday, shared in downing a third, and brought his score to nine planes destroyed, at least four probables and at least nine damaged.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Gordon, of 3812 West Sixteenth, he was flying in support of the Canadian offensive. The “kills” were made over the front southeast of Wesel.

Two other B.C. flyers, F/L Phil Blades, Victoria, and F/L H. C. Charlesworth, Chemainus, took part in the destruction of two locomotives and damaged two more southwest of Hamm.

They were part of a group of Canadian Typhoons and Spitfires who flew more than 300 sorties from dawn to dusk Thursday, striking German rail and road systems and border towns.

F/L Gordon, 25, flying with the Caribou Spitfire squadron, adopted by New Westminster, is a veteran of Channel dogfights, El Alamein and Ceylon.

His Distinguished Flying Cross award, mentioned in a report from London, is a surprise to his mother. She heard some time ago, however, that he had been recommended for the award.

F/L Gordon was born in Vancouver and educated at Kitchener, Point Grey Junior High and Lord Byng High schools. He enlisted in June 1940; went overseas in the summer of 1941. He was home on three weeks’ leave last summer after completing two tours of operations in three different theatres of war. He is now on his third tour.
A brother, F/O Merritt Gordon, is stationed at Dauphin, Man., and his sister, F/Sgt. Margaret Gordon, is with the R.C.A.F. overseas.

F/L Blades and F/L Charlesworth are both flying with the Red Indian Spitfire squadron. F/L Charlesworth is also a veteran of the North African campaign.

More here.

Waterdown Flyer Mentioned
Green, recently appointed flight commander, also saw fragments fly off the aircraft he attacked but lost sight of it later and could only claim it as “damaged.”

Other Canadians from the squadron who helped repel the Nazi attackers included Flight-Lieut. John P. McColl, Waterdown, Ont.; Pilot-Officers R.I. Alpine Smith, Regina; Jack Brookhouse, Montreal; Lloyd Stewart, Fair Hills, Sask.; Harold Charlesworth, Chemainis, Vancouver Island; Richard A. Ellis, Montreal; Warrant Officer J.D. Stevenson, Winnipeg; Flight-Sgt .Stewart Pearce, Toronto, and Sgt. W.F. Aldcorn, Gouverneur, Sask. Warrant Officers Francis MacRae, Montreal navigator, and Sgt. Pilot Albert Attwell, of Toronto, both agree “you’re safer in the air than on the ground.”

MacRae came back from a hazardous bombing trip to a French arms center. After reporting to the intelligence officer, he went to the officers’ mess for a hot drink before retiring. The mess floor had been freshly polished and as he walked in the door he slipped and fell and fractured his left knee.

Attwell also came through the perils of a bombing attack across the channel. Returning from St. Nazaire, his aircraft crashed into a hill in England and he suffered a fracture of the left leg.

The two Canadians share neighboring beds in the same hospital.

I have a feeling someday a relative of Chuck Charlesworth will write a comment or contact me like Paul Piché’s granddaughter did this week.

“Thanks for creating this blog”

This is how this blog was created on WordPress in the first place.

A comment posted from a reader in March 2013.

Hi,

My name is Nicole Morley and my Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in the 443 squadron. I don’t know if my Great Uncle ever knew William Irvine Gould but I imagine he probably did. I’m doing some research on my Uncle and was wondering if there was anyone who had pictures or information about the 443 squadron or anything related to my Uncle.

You can reach me at my e-mail address 

Thanks

This comment was posted on one of my other blogs about WWII.

I don’t have just this one.

That blog is about RCAF 403 Squadron, a blog I started writing in September 2011 when I first met Greg Bell whose grandfather was this Spitfire pilot.

Walter Neil Dove collection

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How I met Greg is a very long story that you can read on the blog. Let’s just say for the record that I was going to Hamilton to meet a veteran Mosquito pilot who flew 50 missions during WWII.

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Walter Neil Dove was a Spitfire pilot with RCAF 403 Squadron. The 403 and the 443 were squadrons part of 127 Wing which was part of 2nd TAF. TAF is Tactical Air Force.

Before September 2011, I knew nothing about 403 Squadron, 443 Squadron, 127 Wing, nor 2nd TAF.

But I knew who was Johnny Johnson seen here with 403 pilots at the end of March 1945.

Most of these pilots were identified.

Walter Neil Dove collection

I thought I knew a lot about WWII, but I knew nothing about that RCAF Squadron.

In fact I knew nothing about any RCAF Squadrons.

So I started getting interested with all those precious pictures Walter Neil Dove’s grandson had kept from his grandfather.

I told him we had to share those pictures with everyone so people would remember not only Johnnie Johnson, the RAF top ace, but also his grandfather and all his comrades-in-arms.

This is how I got to write more than 350 articles on RCAF 403 Squadron with people’s help and thus shared hundreds of exclusive pictures and many untold stories.

Click here. (You should click there…)

RCAF 403 Squadron blog evolved in February 2012 with this spin-off blog, RCAF 128 Squadron, because Greg and I found out that Walter Neil Dove was a pilot with an almost unknown squadron before being posted overseas.

Walter Neil Dove collection

Nicole, without suspecting anything, wrote that comment on the RCAF 403 Squadron blog and she found someone passionate enough to tell all about RCAF 127 Squadron which later became RCAF 443 Squadron.

No. 443 was originally known as No. 127 (F.) Squadron, one of several new fighter units formed in Canada as a result of Japan’s entrance into the war and the extension of German U-boat operations to the western shores of the Atlantic. It was originally planned to form No. 127 in April 1942, but the unit did not actually come into existence until the end of June, when Flt. Lt. W. P. Roberts was named commanding officer. Equipped with Hurricanes and Harvards, the squadron carried out training at Dartmouth until the middle of August. Then it moved to its “war station” at Gander, Nfld., where it completed a one-year tour of routine patrols on fighter defence of the great air base. As enemy raiders never appeared, most of the time was devoted to operational training varied with occasional searches for missing aircraft.

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I got another comment this week…

From this pilot’s granddaughter.

443 group picture Louis Paul Émile Piché

Thanks for creating this blog.
Louis Paul Emile Piche is my relative.
What further information do you need?

The Roundel, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1952

There was very little information on the Internet about Louis Paul Émile Piché.

Just before leaving Grave, the squadron lost two pilots under unusual circumstances. Flying Officers L. P. E. Piché and A. J. Horrell set out in an Auster to fly to Antwerp. They arrived there safely, took off again and vanished into the blue. Both pilots had been with the squadron since Gander days.

Not much information for someone who gave so much for his country!

443 group picture Louis Paul Émile Piché

This was the only thing I had found when I started to help Nicole Morley for her search about her uncle Arthur Horrell.

Things have changed a lot since then.

Excerpt from No. 443 (Hornet) Squadron
BY WING COMMANDER F. H. HITCHINS
Air Historian (reference: The Roundel, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1952)

The aerial preparation for D-Day was now in full course, and the next eight weeks were a very busy period for the pilots and their groundcrews. Between April 13th and June 5th, No. 443 made 487 sorties on 43 offensive operations. Sqn. Ldr. McLeod opened the squadron’s victory book by destroying a DO. 217 near Louvain on April 19th.

Two more were added by Flt. Lts. D. M. Walz and Hugh Russel on the 25th, when a wing formation led by Johnny Johnson caught six F.W. 190s and destroyed all six. Another Focke-Wulf crashed in flames on May 5th, to give Wally McLeod his fifteenth confirmed victory.

Combats with the enemy were the exception, however, in this pre-D-Day period. On most of the fighter sweeps and bomber escorts the only opposition encountered was flak. But the Spitfires were no longer simply fighters to engage the enemy in the air; they had now become fighter-bombers to attack the enemy on the ground as well.

On April 26th, No. 443 Squadron carried out its first divebombing mission against a flying-bomb site south of Dieppe. In the next six weeks there were many such operations against “Noballs” (the V-1 sites), bridges, rail junctions and yards, and radar posts. On most of the attacks the pilots had to run a gauntlet of intense flak and many of the Spits came home peppered with holes.

From Westhampnett the wing moved to Funtington on April 22nd, and thence to Ford three weeks later. Here the final preparations for the invasion were made. When the troops landed on the Norman coast on June 6th, Sqn. Ldr. McLeod’s pilots made four patrols over the beaches between 0620 and 2145 hours.

Again on the 7th they were out four times, destroying one Me. 109 and damaging another over Caen. But the day was marred by the squadron’s first casualty, when Flt. Lt. I. R. MacLennan, D.F.C., was forced down behind the enemy lines by a glycol leak and was taken prisoner.

On June 10th the squadron made its first landing on the beach-head, five pilots putting down on one of the strips that were being hastily prepared, to rearm and refuel between sweeps.

The last operation from Ford was an escort in the late evening of June 14th for Lancasters bombing Le Havre, in the course of which the Spitfires met some enemy bombers and destroyed two Do. 217s.

The next day the wing moved across the Channel to the landing strip at St. Croix-sur-Mer. (It was the first R.C.A.F. formation to begin operations from Normandy.) By day the field was blanketed with clouds of dust, and at night the incessant din of the flak barrage and enemy bombing made sleep almost impossible.

The first day’s operations from B.3 (on June 16th) brought No. 443 two more victories (a pair of Me. 109s) but inflicted the severe blow of four pilots missing from a combat against heavy odds. Sqn. Ldr. J. D. Hall, Flt. Lt. Hugh Russel, and Flying Officer Luis Perez-Gomez (from Mexico) were killed, but the fourth pilot, Flt. Lt. Don Walz, was able to take to his parachute when his Spitfire blew up in the air. Evading German searchers, Walz made contact with the French underground and two months later rejoined his unit. One of the Messerschmitts shot down that day was Sqn. Ldr. McLeod’s seventeenth enemy aircraft destroyed, a record which won him the D.S.O.

In the last days of June the squadron added four more destroyed (including a double scored by McLeod) and three damaged to its total. The figures would probably have been considerably higher had it not been for cloud which frequently prevented the pilots from coming to grips with the enemy. Armed reconnaissances along the Nazi lines of communication in Normandy were now a regular feature of the operational programme in addition to front line patrols and fighter sweeps.

By the middle of July the number of blazing, smoking or damaged vehicles had risen to 99, plus 4 locomotives or trains, 1 barge, and 1 railroad signal house. On July 14th, when the fighter wings in Normandy were reorganized, 144 was broken up and Sqn. Ldr. McLeod’s unit joined 127 Wing at Crepon. At the same time Group Capt. W. R. MacBrien became commanding officer and Wing Cdr. Johnny Johnson wing commander flying for 127 Wing, which included, in addition to No. 443, the Wolf (No. 403), Oshawa (No. 416), and Red Indian (No. 421) Squadrons.

Wally McLeod won his twentieth victory on July 20th when the pilot of an F.W. 190 which he was about to attack baled out before the Spitfire leader could fire a shot. In the same engagement Flt. Lt. J. G. L. Robillard, D.F.M., destroyed another Focke-Wulf. A third F.W. was shot down by Flying Officer G. R. Stephen a few days later, and on the 30th, Sqn. Ldr. McLeod and Flying Officer W. J. Bentley each finished off an Me. 109, while Pilot Officer Rooney Hodgins made damaging strikes on one more.

McLeod’s unusual victory of July 20th was duplicated on August 8th by four of his pilots who gave chase to a lone Me. 109 and, when they were still 1000 yards distant, saw the enemy pilot take to his parachute. Discretion, apparently, was preferable to valour.

In addition to these seven enemy aircraft, No. 443 tallied 20 mechanized enemy transport “flamers”, 21 “smokers”, and 20 (plus a tank) damaged, in the period July 15th to August 13th. Many divebombing attacks were also made on bridges, rail lines and junctions, crossroads, canal locks, and similar targets. The Germans’ flak was increasing in intensity as they sought to protect their vehicles and communications from this incessant strafing. Two pilots were lost on armed recces, either to flak or engine trouble. Flying Officer T. G. Munro was able to bale out safely behind the enemy lines and was captured, but Flying Officer W. J. Bentley went down with his aircraft and was killed.

The week of August 15th to 22nd was highlighted by the holocaust of the Falaise pocket, when the Nazi army, caught in an iron trap, tried to pull out eastwards through a narrow gap that was hammered day and night from the ground and air. From Trun to Orbec the roads and lanes were littered with the wreckage of an army in flight. Sqn. Ldr. McLeod’s pilots counted 104 “flamers”, 124 “smokers”, and 142 damaged M.E.T., as well as 1 tank “smoker” and 5 damaged, as the result of their strafing during this period.

Rain gave the stricken Nazis some relief on the 20th and 21st, and by the time the skies cleared, the retreating forces were drawing out of range of the Spitfires based on the beach-head.

On August 23rd, as a change from the long series of armed recces, Nos. 443 and 421, led by Wing Cdr. Johnny Johnson, made a fighter sweep around Paris. Near Senlis the twenty Spitfire pilots were amazed to see a force of 60 to 80 enemy fighters approaching them head-on. Johnson remarked that the Germans “seemed keen to engage but probably only because they outnumbered the wing by four to one.”

Nevertheless the R.C.A.F. Spitfires came out the victors, destroying twelve of their opponents against a loss of three of their own formation. The wing leader shot down two, Flying Officer G. F. Ockenden accounted for two plus a damaged, and Flt. Lt. Larry Robillard and Flying Officer A. J. Horrell each destroyed one. Pilots of the Red Indian squadron brought down six more. One of the missing pilots was Flying Officer R. W. Dunn of No. 443 Squadron, who was heard to say that he had been hit in the dogfight and would have to bale out. He was later reported a prisoner of war.

Subsequent operations in the last days of August found little sign of the enemy in the air or on the ground. The Battle of Normandy was over, and the pursuit was now pressing eastward beyond the Seine, across the Somme and on through Belgium. Left far in the rear, the fighter wings began to move forward. From Crepon, 127 Wing advanced first to Illiers L’Eveque, near Dreux, where it remained for three quiet, uneventful weeks. The battle lines were still out of range.

On September 21st the pilots flew up to Le Culot, a former Luftwaffe airfield in Belgium, where they arrived in time to participate in the heavy air fighting that followed the Allied airborne assault on Grave, Nijmegen, and Arnhem.

For the next four weeks No. 443’s major activity was patrolling over the Nijmegen area, where the Luftwaffe was endeavouring to destroy the bridges that had fallen into Allied hands.

On September 27th a squadron formation led by Wing Cdr. Johnson intercepted a group of nine Me. 109s over Rees and in a general melee destroyed five, with two more counted as probables. In the dogfight Sqn. Ldr. H. W. McLeod, D.S.O., D.F.C., and Bar, was lost. Over Malta, France, and Belgium, he had shot down 21 enemy aircraft, 8 of them while leading No. 443 Squadron.

Two days later twelve pilots led by Flt. Lt. G. W. A. Troke, D.F.C., engaged a group of more than 60 Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs over the bridges at Nijmegen, and, despite the handicap of numbers and shortage of petrol, won a brilliant success. Troke destroyed two 109’s and damaged another; Flying Officer G. F. Ockenden and Rooney Hodgins also scored a double victory each, while Flying Officer A. J. Horrell crashed an F.W.190, to make the total seven destroyed, plus at least three damaged.

On one of these Nijmegen patrols in September a flak hit forced Flying Officer L. D. Sherwood down behind the enemy lines. His companions, seeing the aircraft crash and burst into flames, held little hope that the pilot could have survived. But Sherwood’s only injury was a broken nose, for, unnoticed by his comrades, he had been able to bale out. Thanks to the Dutch underground, he regained our lines within a month.

It is of interest to note that between September 25th and 29th eight R.C.A.F. Spitfire squadrons in 83 Group of 2nd T.A.F. accounted for a grand total of 97 enemy aircraft destroyed, 3 probably destroyed, and 39 damaged. No. 443’s contribution was 12-2-3; but this period of air fighting was almost the last in its career, for in the next seven months the pilots saw few enemy aircraft in the skies over Germany. Two destroyed and one damaged in air combat was the total for all these weeks of patrolling and hunting. Lacking targets in the air, the pilots went down to the ground to hunt the Luftwaffe on its airfields, and in strafing attacks wrote off at least six aircraft and sent 17 more to the repair shop.

From Le Culot the squadron moved up to Grave in the Netherlands on September 30th. The new airfield, on the banks of the Maas River near Nijmegen, was close to the lines and was frequently bombed by Me. 262s. Some casualties were caused, including two pilots injured by flying fragments; and slit trenches and “twitch hats” became very popular. More serious, however, was heavy rain which made the field unserviceable and forced the wing to fall back to Melsbroek, near Brussels.

Just before leaving Grave, the squadron lost two pilots under unusual circumstances. Flying Officers L. P. E. Piché and A. J. Horrell set out in an Auster to fly to Antwerp. They arrived there safely, took off again and vanished into the blue. Both pilots had been with the squadron since Gander days.

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Yesterday, L. P. E. Piché’s daughter told me all about October 11, 1944.

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Before I Forget

Patricia told me so many stories about her father in the 30 minute phone call we had yesterday that I would hate to forget…

That her father knew Johnny Johnson…

That her father knew Art Sager and that she had talked with him about her father…

That her father was an instructor in St. Eugene, in Ontario…

That he was always sad to see young pilots leaving the training school with so little experience and get killed overseas…

That he liked to fly low… very low… under bridges… under trees…

That one time while buzzing a field he killed a cow…

Patricia told me:

Who would be interested in all those anecdotes of a pilot shot down on October 11, 1944?

I told her father deserves to be remembered.

443 group picture Louis Paul Émile Piché

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As well as all these airmen on this picture.443 group picture

And these pilots whose pictures were sent to Nicole Morley by Art Sager’s son.

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I would hate to forget that Nicole Morley is the one person responsible for all this…

Her granduncle was shot down with Paul Piché on October 11, 1944, and she wanted to know more.

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She still does.

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Louis Paul Émile Piché Redux

What would you say if I told you I just talked to Louis Paul Emile Piché’s daughter?

For more than 30 minutes…

About how good a pilot her father was…

Etc, etc, etc…

In memory of
Flying Officer

 LOUIS PAUL ÉMILE PICHÉ

who died on October 11, 1944

Military Service:

  • Service Number: C/25294
  • Age: 33
  • Force: Air Force
  • Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Division: 443 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of J. Oscar Piché and Aline Piché; husband of Mary E. Piché, of New London, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Commemorated on Page 417 External link, Opens in a new window of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.
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Do you have photographs or personal memorabilia relating to LOUIS PAUL ÉMILE PICHÉ that you want included in our photo collection?

Send us your photos

Photos?

Here’s one… with most of the names.

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Who remembers Flying Officer Louis Paul Émile Piché?

443 group picture Louis Paul Émile Piché

We will just have to wait and see, or start looking on the Internet.

Who remembers the other pilots on that picture?

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That’s what this blog is all about…

Sharing information on 443 Squadron.

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