"...a thing called a Bullseye."

Heroes Remember

"...a thing called a Bullseye."

Then we started our flying training. That was a very interesting because we got our first taste of operations from that. After you had done several trips as a crew in the, in the Wellington, they sent you on a, out on a thing called a bullseye. A bull, in a bullseye, there were all kinds of OTUs around the country, of course, these, these were training schools whi-, which had Wellingtons. And what they would do is send us out over, across the North Sea, for a long way in fact, almost to the Heligoland, the German coast, and we were, we were the, the, the fake, the, the, the faux, the fal, the false guys. It looked like we were going to terminate the bomb, and of course this got the Germans all excited. It got the anti-aircraft people excited and the fighter pilots all excited and so on, and getting ready to come and shoot us down. When, in fact, the real bombing raid was going down the totally different direction, and down to Beachy Head, down across the English Channel and up around and so on. And, so, we got us a taste of, a very teeny weeny taste of, of what was operationally going to go, going to happen. And so those, the bullseyes were the interesting thing about our training as an, in the Operational Training Unit.

Mr. Coffell describes a method of decoying German antiaircraft activity.

John ( Jack ) Coffell

Mr. Coffell was born June 1, 1924, in Moncton, New Brunswick. At the age of two, he lost his mother. His family moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia, where he lived until he enlisted. With his father unemployed, and an unemployment rate of 50 percent, he was dertermined to pass Grade 11 so he could enter the Royal Canadian Air Force. He eventually qualified as a navigator and went overseas to join 429 Squadron, 6 Group. Mr. Coffell's theatre of duty was Northern Europe. At the end of his service overseas, he returned to Canada aboard the Queen Mary.

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John ( Jack ) Coffell
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Bomber Command
Air Force
429 Squadron
Flying Officer

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