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First Encounter With The Enemy

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First Encounter With The Enemy

I was flying number two to Buzz Beurling when he got his twenty-eighth. We were high cover, we were flying as a wing, the wing was escorting B17s, and we were the top squadron, the highest squadron. And we were attacked by 190s and Beurling culled them out above us and off to one side. And we climbed up towards them and he fired a couple of bursts. At first I didn't see what he was firing at but, because I was busy watching him and making sure there was no one attacking us, when the next, as we completed the turn I noticed an aircraft going down and smoking. I didn't realize that it was an enemy aircraft but, I didn't know what it was, other than it was an aircraft. When we got back to base he claimed a 190 destroyed and I confirmed that there was an aircraft on fire going down so he got the confirmation out of it. But I didn't actually see him hit the aeroplane because as I say, I was busy watching for other aircraft, that might be attacking us. Interviewer: How long was Buzz Beurling with 403 squadron? He had come back, he was back about a month before I got to the squadron I guess and he was there for oh...four or five months. And then they posted him as a flight commander over to another, to the other wing, the Canadian wing. Interviewer: So did you fly as his wing man often? On several occasions. I was with him when he got his twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth.

Mr. Lindsey had his first encounter with enemy aircraft while flying second to George "Buzz" Beurling.

James Douglas Lindsey

Mr. Lindsey was born in Arnprior, Ontario, and spent his early years on a reservation in Quebec, returning to Arnprior for his schooling. He was active in school sports. He had one younger sister who died of cancer when she was about 38 years old. His father was in the lumber and logging business as was his grandfather. Mr. Lindsey's father was a Regimental Sergeant Major during the First World War and was active in the 42nd Renfrew Regiment Reserves after his First World War service. Mr. Lindsey tried to enlist when the Second World War was declared but was turned down because of his age. He was finally accepted by the RCAF at the age of 17 years with the condition that he complete his schooling first. Eventually, he received training in Toronto and Trenton, Ontario, and Victoriaville, Quebec. It was then on to Chatham, New Brunswick, for pilot training at the Elementary Flying School and additional training at CFB Summerside, PEI. He was then posted back to Trenton to train as a pilot instructor.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
James Douglas Lindsey
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force
127 Wing - 403 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant

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