Gooding on Japanese flyers

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Gooding on Japanese flyers - Must Respect Ottawa Flyer, A "We can handle...
Must Respect Ottawa Flyer, A "We can handle them all right" That, was the quiet remark of Flying Officer Harold Gooding, of Ottawa, one of the R.C.A.F. flyers who have ' been matching1, their "Kittyhawks" - against . Japanese Zero, fighters in the fog-bound Aleutians. ' One - of four Canadian fighter pilots' awarded the American Air Medal for heroism, Gooding is the son of Mr. and Mrs.. Howard Gooding, 19 Morris street He re turned home Sunday on 'his first leave in a year. In Alaska for the eight months, he flew from there to. Edmonton and caught a train for Ottawa. "He was decorated simultaneously with Squadron Leader Ken Boomer, of Ottawa, and two Winnipeg flyers by the Commanding General, Alaska Defence Command, "for heroism : in action against the Japanese .forces on Sept 25 1942". ' Their citation: 1 "On. this date they -voluntarily flew with U.S. Army combat pilota accompanying heavy bombers 1 making a hazardous, five hundred1 mile over water flight in order to press home an attack on the enemy at Kiskaf Island, Alaska. Although the, mission of protecting bombing planes from anti-aircraft fire and enemy tighters was j completed, the fighters returned to strafe all enemy installations with remarkable, success. All' planes returned safely to their base." In the raid, the Canadians destroyed two Zeros, one of them falling before" the guns of Sqdn. Leader Boomer. " FO. Gooding was reticent to talk about the flight which won him the neat blue and gold ribbon pinned beneath the' silver wings on his tunic! The American decoration is -the same size as the HTM. ' ' ' "The thing that bothered , u most was the weather. It waster-ribly foggvas it generally -is up there. We, ran into a few Zeros but the anti-aircraft fire was 'a bigger headache than they were, "We got into quite a mix-up with the Zeros. I don't j know whether I hit any of them7 myself . ,. . It's pretty hard totell' when you're in a fight like that. I saw one of. the Zeros go down 'and splash Into the water. Yes, it was quite a.thrilL -,.. I Long Trip for Fighter. ?The whole trip took us about three hours ' and one half which Is .a long time ior a fighter to be up without refueling. I didn't have any trpuble with -my . plane. It ran smoothly all the way and j back. I When they asked for volunteers from the Canadian squadron to fly with the Americans on the Jqp Zeros Says Medal Winner TO. HAROLD GOODtNG. dangerous raid,: every man stepped forwardvSo-they settled the problem by picking, the four senior men.- and 23-year-old Harold Gooding was one of them. j , The Canadian boys were invested with their decorations at a full-dress parade at the combined U.S. -Canada base from which they made their sally against the Japs. The parade was under command of General C. Corlett U.S. Army;, and the awards were presented by Admiral Kincaid, U.S. Navy; Although he was confident- in the kbility of Canadian and I American pilota to stack up atainst the Zeros, Gooding said he had respect for. the Jap as, flyers. "They showed that they can handle their planes. The, Zeros we ran into had big floats and that slowed them up considerably!; guess th Zeros, with wheels are mo; manoeuvrable and hardier to ta tare of." y The Ottawa boy intirhated th&t life thousands of miles , froi civilization wag bleak, that belrg the chief objection to flying m Alaska. However, men at his station kept up their spirits tjiis Winter by playing hockey;and "his squadron won) the post championship. Well Known Hockey Player. A well known . hockey player himself, and a former member of the Montagnards team, Gooding kept in trim by playing with the American officers at the station. Among Ottawa boys he saw before heading for the Capital were Fit Sgt Sunstrom, and LAC. HcHdom. FO. Gooding was employed with the Civil Aviatibn branch of the Department of Transport for foiur years and it was .here he picked up a liking for flying. He is a graduate of Glebe Collegiate. - i' vv " - A x i I !: 2 in of a I If l ! ' i I

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 01 Feb 1943, Mon,
  3. Page 7

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