LINDSAY, James Douglas Flight Lieutenant, No.403 Squadron, J9081 Distinguished Flying Cross RCAF Personnel Awards 1939-1949
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LINDSAY, F/L James Douglas (J9081) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 16 September 1922. Graduate of the Arnprior Regional High School. Home in Arnprior, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 11 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Commissioned November 1941. Remained in Canada as an instructor for some time. Overseas with No.403 Squadron (8 October 1943 to 3 August 1944 and again from 2 April 1945 to 20 April 1945; with No.416 Squadron, 20 April 1945 to 15 March 1946. Aerial victories as follows: 7 May 1944 - one Bf.109 destroyed, one FW.190 damaged; 19 May 1944 - one FW.190 destroyed (shared with F/O R.H. Smith); 26 June 1944 - one Bf.109 destroyed; 29 June 1944 - one FW.190 destroyed west of Lisieux; 2 July 1945 - the Bf.109s destroyed; 5 July 1944 - one FW.190 damaged; 3 August 1944 - one Bf.109 destroyed, one Bf.109 damaged; 17 April 1945 - one FW.190 damaged. Served in postwar RCAF in Edmonton, Bagotville, North Luffenham (England), Metz (France), Toronto, Washington, D.C., Tacoma, Washington, North Bay, and Ottawa on four separate occasions. A awarded US DFC for services in Korea. See also entry for Postwar (Korea) awards. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while with No.1 (F) Wing. Retired 1972. Later the Government of France appointed him a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. With his wife Anne as his business partner, as franchise holders with the Canadian Tire Corporation during its westward expansion, he successively owned and operated in Thompson, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and finally Red Deer, to 1992. Died in Red Deer, 3 August 2010. Photos PL-26564 (standing in door); PL-26643 (in Spitfire); PL-5400 (in flying gear, No.413 Squadron, postwar); PL-104986 (studio portrait, 1958). RCAF photo PL-40342 (ex UK-17454 dated 12 December 1944 shows Flight Officer Ruth McJannet (Toronto) listening to F/O S.B. Lindsay (Rossburn, Manitoba) who sports a wound stripe on left forearm and a tape on scratched forehead. // In July 1944, this officer took in an engagement against a large formation of enemy fighters, three of which he shot down. Flight Lieutenant Lindsay has invariably displayed praiseworthy courage and skill and his keenness to engage the enemy has always been apparent. He has destroyed six enemy aircraft. // Note: He was one of 48 veterans (23 of them air force) awarded the Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour as per Canada Gazette of 17 May 2014.