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Richard Joseph Audet

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Richard Joseph Audet

March 3, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/20136

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

411 Sqdn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

and Bar

Additional Information


Born:

March 13, 1922
Masinasin, Alberta

Enlistment:

August 26, 1941
Calgary, Alberta

Son of Paul and Edewisca Audet of Masinasin, Alberta. Husband of Iris Christina Audet, of Pinner, Middlesex.

Commemorated on Page 492 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 278.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Remembered by ex members of 411 Squadron
  • Memorial– Memory Bar for F/L R.J. Audet
  • Photo of RICHARD JOSEPH AUDET– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Richard  (Dick)  Audet– Richard "Dick" Audet, 411 Sqn, RCAF, became an ace on December 29, 1944, when he shot down five enemy fighters in one day.  He was flying his friend Jack Boyle's aircraft, DB-G (RR 201), according to the logbook.  In this photograph, Audet is with his own aircraft, a Spitfire IX, DB-A (MK 950, coded R for a time), in which he was killed while strafing locomotives on March 3, 1945.
DND Photo PL 41719, Steve Sauve.
  • Photo of Richard Joseph Audet– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– SETS NEW R.C.A.F. RECORD (The Windsor Star dated Jan 26, 1945)
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Aircraft– Spitfire IX (flown by Flight Lieutenant Jack Boyle, DFC , of Burlington, Ontario in 411 Sqn, RCAF) similar to that flown by Richard "Dick" Audet.  Audet was flying a Spitfire IX, DB-A (MK 950, coded R for a time) in 411 Sqn, in which he was killed while strafing locomotives on March 3, 1945.  Note the 411 Sqn crest.
Drawing extracted from the book "Spitfire, The Canadians" by Robert Bracken.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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