Une photo, une histoire…


F/O J. Ryan of  425 Squadron standing in front of his
Halifax « Nobody’s Baby »

C’est une photo prise sur le site de Richard Koval.

En voici une autre.

Kallal on Website of Richard Koval

F/O J. Kallal DFC, navigator with 425 Squadron, standing
in front of a Halifax III at Tholthorpe

Nous retrouvons ces deux aviateurs dans la collection de Réal St-Amour. Ici on reconnaît le visage de Ryan, dernière rangée à gauche. Un visage qui en dit long selon moi sur ce que cet aviateur pensait de cette guerre.

Hache Brochu Dargis

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Celle-là ensuite avec un aviateur tout sourire… pour la caméra.

two airmen 1

collection Réal St-Amour

Au début, j’avais enregistré cette photo sous le nom two airmen…, mais à force de regarder de plus près j’ai reconnu le navigateur Kallal dont j’avais parlé sur le blogue.

navigateur Kallal

À force de regarder la centaine de photos de Réal St-Amour, je découvre de plus en plus de nouveaux et d’anciens visages comme le Squadron Leader Palma Lionel Dupuis

Squadron Leader Dupuis après une opération

Squadron Leader Dupuis

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3 réflexions sur “Une photo, une histoire…

  1. RYAN, WO2 (now P/O) John Arthur (R156114/J87866) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born Toronto, 24 June 1921; home there; enlisted there 21 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 April 1943). Commissioned June 1944. Killed 14 February 1951 while flying a Mustang. Award presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.

    Warrant Officer Ryan is an outstanding pilot who has consistently displayed superb captaincy and airmanship. One night in August 1944 he was detailed to attack Foret de Nieppe in France. During the outward flight two engines became defective and Warrant Officer Ryan was compelled to jettison some of his equipment and to set course for an emergency airfield. Before the landing ground was reached, the starboard outer propeller flew off and damaged the starboard inner engine. Under difficult and hazardous circumstances this airman effected a masterly landing without causing injury to his crew or further damage to his aircraft.

  2. The Sad Tale of Mustang 9551

    #1 (permalink)
    5th Jan 2011 21:07 by Opssys
    When finally reading through the spreadsheet Caz provided for the second Album on ex RCAF Mustangs. I found the Album notes included several incidents researched by an ex member of 424 (Auxiliary) Squadron RCAF. This is the first:

    The High Mach Dive:
    RCAF 9551 was the first of the Mustangs received by the RCAF in 1947, and it was immediately assigned to the RCAF NRC Unit at Arnprior. A special “hump” fixture was attached to the port wing to test wing airfoils for the proposed CF-100 fighter, and data recorders and cameras were also installed where the fuselage fuel tank had been. The drill was to do high speed level runs at 30,000 feet and also high Mach number dives from 30,000 ft.

    On 14 Feb 51, on Flight No. 12, the aircraft disintegrated in a dive, scattering wreckage over a snow-covered bush area 2 miles x 1 mile. I don’t think the CF-100 test wing section (a SECRET item) was ever found. Flight No. 12 consisted of 7 level runs at 30,000 ft. and 3 dives from 30,000 ft. at speeds of Mach 0.73 to 0.75. Five level runs were completed and the aircraft disintegrated on the first dive. Test data recovered indicated that the aircraft had gone into a 4 G yaw at about 21,000 ft., reaching Mach 0.79. With the aircraft now out of control, the wing test section departed at 19,000 ft. and 510 mph TAS. The pilot jettisoned the canopy at 7,100 ft. and it struck the stabilizer. The tail section began to fail at 6,000 ft. and the aircraft bunted, with the port wing failing and coming off at 4,500 ft. under negative “G” loading. The aircraft totally broke up and was strewn over a wide area. The cause was blamed on loss of control and inexperience.

    The findings of the Court of Inquiry included several recommendations re. the choice and training of test pilots for test and experimental projects, and also said that it would the preferable to use something like the Vampire or Sabre for transonic model testing rather than Mustangs. John Arthur Ryan, DFC, was a bomber pilot with only a scant few hours of fighter time as a ferry pilot, and that was spread over several years. Ryan had been awarded the DFC as a WO2 pilot with 425 Sqn. overseas. The Court of Inquiry file also notes that he had no test pilot training, and was on loan from a Transport Command unit at Rockcliffe. The bulk of his hours on the type were on a long ferry flight, possibly one of the Mustangs up from the USAF.

    As actually building the Part 2 Album hasn’t yet started (and will proceed slowly), so if this generates any interest, I’ll post a second incident entitled CARTWHEELS & SILICA-GEL. Meanwhile Album 1, which Just has the usual Album Notes is here: Ex RCAF Mustang Warbirds Album Part 01 Index


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