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    Flt Lt Richard John Jouault DFC

    Details of Richard Jouault’s demise are found in earlier posts on this forum, but some details of his earlier RAF career are sort.

    a) He was awarded a DFC in 1940 of which the citation reads,

    On June 1, 1940. this officer was captain of one of a flight of three aircraft protecting shipping engaged on the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkerque. On encountering a force of some 40 Junkers 87s, the flight immediately launched an attack. P/O Jouault handling his aircraft with the utmost skill and determination shot down two of the enemy with his front gun.

    Was he serving with 220 squadron at this time and were the victories confirmed ?

    b) At around the same time F/O Ronald Nicholas Selley was also awarded a DFC and the award details virtually mimic Jouault’s combat.

    Can anyone confirm that these combats took place on the same occasion, were Selley’s claims confirmed and on what date ?

    Possibly answers may be found in Norman Franks “Air Battle for Dunkirk” book ?

    c) Where did Jouault receive his training.

    TIA

    Ian

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    As I thought the details I sought were found in Norman Franks “Air Battle for Dunkirk”

    Notification of awards (below) from “Flight”

    SELLEY, FLYING OFFICER RONALD NICHOLAS.
    In June, 1940, this officer was captain of one of a flight of three aircraft engaged in protecting shipping evacuating the British Expeditionary Force. A formation of some forty Junkers 87s was encountered and immediately attacked. F/O.Selley shot down two of the enemy aircraft with his front guns. By skilful manoeuvring he also enabled his rear gunner to shoot down a third and to damage two other enemy aircraft.

    HAARHOFF, FLYING OFFICER HILTON AUBREY.
    In June, 1940, this officer was the rear gunner in one of a flight of three aircraft (flown by F/O Selley) engaged in protecting shipping evacuating the British Expeditionary Force. The flight encountered a formation of some forty Junkers 87s, which were immediately attacked taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by his pilot, F/O. Haarhoff destroyed one enemy aircraft and severely damaged another two.

    JOUAULT, PILOT OFFICER RICHARD JOHN.
    On June 1, 1940. this officer was captain of one of a flight of three aircraft protecting shipping engaged on the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkerque. On encountering a force of some 40 Junkers 87s the flight immediately
    launched an attack. P/O. Jouault. Handling his aircraft with the utmost skill and determination, shot down two of the enemy with his front gun.

    “Air Battle for Dunkirk” confirms these three officers served with 220 squadron (Lockheed Hudson) and were awarded DFCs for their action of June 1, 1940.

    This lists claims as,

    Selley 1 destroyed, 1 probable/damaged
    Haarhoff 1 destroyed, 1 probable/damaged
    Jouault 3 probable/damaged.

    Details of Jouault's earlier training/service still appreciated.

    tia,

    Ian

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