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    Hello,

    David Rouleau is reported to have been killed while serving the 131 (CWGC). If he did so there is no trace however of his death in the ORB. Does anyone hold any details on this?

    Name: ROULEAU, DAVID FRANCIS
    Initials: D F
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 131 Sqdn.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 03/06/1942
    Service No: J/15348
    Additional information: Son of Honore G. Rouleau, and of Gertrude H. Rouleau, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. B.A. (Toronto): Trinity College.

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    Hi Phil,

    There were no actions of note over Malta on 3 June (1942), but far to the west a cruiser and five destroyers escorted "Eagle" as she headed towards the launch point carrying a further 32 Spitfires. This was Operation "Style". The Spitfires were to be led to Malta by Sqn Ldr Barton, Flt Lt Peck and Flg Off Plagis.

    All went well with the launch of the Spitfires but on this occasion - for the first and only time - the Luftwaffe managed to intercept, a dozen Bf109s of II./JG53 taking off from Pantellaria to claim five Spitfires shot down; four were actually lost, two near Pantellaria and two more near Gozo.

    The four pilots who were lost were Flg Off Jim Menary (BR322), a young Irishman, Plt Off David Rouleau (BR358), a 24-year-old Canadian from Ottawa; 27-year-old Flt Sgt Tom Beaumont (BR313) from Soham in Cambridgeshire - a former air-sea rescue pilot; and Flt Sgt Hugh Macpherson (BR308), another Canadian, from Vancouver.

    See:
    Spitfires Over Malta:The Epic Air Battles of 1942.
    Cull, Brian & Frederick Galea.
    London:Grub Street,2005.
    pp.149-50 (edited).

    Col.
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    So CWGC is wrong regarding the unit. Indeed I can trace Rouleau in 131 ORB until end of April 42 so that fits well.

    Thanks Col, much appreciated.

    Phil

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    For more on Rouleau, see Vintage Wings of Canada website and specifically http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/91/language/en-CA/All-the-Things-Never-Done--the-last-day-of-David-Rouleaus-Life.aspx

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