|Dodging a Vultee Vengeance in India||Ettinger's file is quite interesting. It does confirm his presence with No.8 (IAF) Squadron, although there is no mention of the "runaway Vengeance" inciident. The following, with little editing, constitutes the notes I took:
J21148 Everett Embert Ettinger. Born 30 August 1920 in Harris, Saskatchewan. YMCA PT instructor. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 7 August 1940 as Disciplinarian and posted to No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto. To No.2 MD, Brandon, 12 September 1940. To No.3 AOS, Regina, 21 October 1940. To No.5 AOS, Winnipeg, 29 December 1940. To No.2 MD, Brandon, 10 July 1941. Promoted Sergeant as of 1 August 1941. To “Y” Depot, Halifax, 6 August 1941. To No.1 PTU, Halifax, 20 January 1942. Remusters to aircrew, 28 February 1942. To No.3 ITS, Victoriaville, 1 March 1943. To No.4 EFTS, Windsor Mills, NS, and to No.2 SFTS, Uplands, 2 August 1942. Graduated and commissioned 20 November 1942. Disembarks UK, 24 December 1942. To 5 (P) AFU, 20 April 1943. To 56 OTU, 1 June 1943. To India, 25 October 1943. To No.132 OTU, 6 December 1943. To No,8 Squadron, IAF, 29 December 1943. To No.110 Squadron, 9 December 1944. To No.8 Squadron IAF, 11 January 1945. To No.273 Squadron, 20 February 1945. Killed 4 April 1945. F/O 20 May 1943. F/L 20 November 1944.
Lost on Spitfire JG322. “For security reasons I am unable to give the full details of what happened. I can tell you though your brother was out on an offensive reconnaissance of Japanese lines of communication in Burma. After a straffing run his aircraft was seen to roll over and crash into the trees.
“We suspect that he was hit by small arms fire from the ground. The crash could not be located from the air owing to the thickness of the jungle, but as the plane was traveling at high speed I cannot hold out much hope of Everett’s survival.” (S/L Ian N. Bayles to sister in Saskatoon).
“The above named officer was briefed at 1435 hours on 3rd April 1945 for a ground straffe of the Taungop-Prome road.
“He was airborne from Kyaukpys airfield at 1455 hours on 3rd April 1945 as the pilot of Spitfire Mark VIII JG322, with one other aircraft. At a position 18 degrees 37 minutes north, 94 degrees 53 minutes east, whilst F/L Ettinger was straffing a collection of oil drums on the side of the road, his aircraft was seen to flick over on to its back and plunge into trees 200 yards off south side of the road and disappear into the jungle. The aircraft was not seen to strike the ground, it did not catch fire and the pilot was not seen to bale out. It is possible that the aircraft was hit by a mine. (!)
“Conditions of weather were - visibility 46 miles with 6/10 to 9/10 CU at 200/1,500 feet rising to 3,000 feet.” (Report of aircraft loss.) ....Read More.||HughAHalliday on 14th September 2010 04:42:10|