Ottawa Flyers on West Coast
Can-, Ottawa District Flyers Man Pacific Station A WEST COAST CANADIAN PORT, May 3. CR Action-hungry fighter pilots, some of whom fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain, are manning a Pacific coast defence station of the Royal Canadian Air Force with itching trigger fingers. "It rather gets you, this game", said Flight Lieut H. T. Mitchell, DJC, of Port Hope, Ont, a mem-, ber of the Thunderbird' squadron stationed here. "We'd like to go anywhere, for action. If It ever comes here we are ready and the boys will give a good account of themselves. They are a grand bunch and rarin' to go and they can go, believe me." The squadron Is commanded by Sqdn. Ldr. A. D. Nesbltt, D.F.C, 27, . Montreal-born Investment dealer who Joined the R.CAJV In 1939 and went overseas In June, 1940, Just in time for the Nasi air blitz on the British Isles. Another veteran of the Battle of Britain is Flight Lieut J. W. Kerwln, 23. of Toronto, credited with three Nazi planes before ha was shot down himself In September, 1940. . The fighter squadron Is named after the Thunderbird, which in the mythology of the Coast Indians was regarded as ruler of the skies. Its pilots average 22 years of age and hall from Ontarte, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the United States. . ' Flight Lieut Kerwln Joined the R.C-AJ". in January, 1939, and went overseas In June, '1940. On Sept I his gas-tank was riddled' and his plane caught fire at 17,000 feet, but he bailed out safely. Flight Lieut Mitchell, who has spent most of his 22 years in England, Joined the R.AJ". in 1938 and flew Hurricanes in France before Dunkirk, being credited with downing three Nazi planes before the blitz, . When it came he was credited with four more. He received the DJX. a year ago. ' The squadron includes Pilot Officers H. O. Goodinf sad W. H. Hanchet, Ottawa; H. C SUlee, Cornwall. Ont; Bet Pilots A. E. Clarke. North Bay, Ont; F. J. Crowley, BrockvUle, Ont: 8. R. J. McLeod. - Alexandria, Ont; G. T. Schwalnt.i Toronto, and F. X. F. Skelly, .Klrkland Lake, Ont Keen as ginger, all the pilots are beginning to find the Pacific coast too pacific for their fighting taste. They like the scenery and they like the people, but Flight Lieut Kerwln summed It up with: "I'm looking forward to action In a different sphere. I crave a change of scenery the Far East or somewhere else, unless, of course, we can get it here." . One of the proudest displays of Sqdn. Ldr. Nesbitt's office Js a document showing' the Thunderbird squadron over-subscribed its $2,400 quota in the last Victory Loan by 300 percent ., r "My boys know a good thing when they see it", he remarked.