12.06.1944 No. 440 Squadron Typhoon MN115 Fl/Lt. James G. Gohl AM. MiD.
Date: 12th June 1944 (Monday)
Unit: No. 440 Squadron (RCAF)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Hurn
Location: English Channel off Christchurch
Pilot: Fl/Lt. James Garfield Gohl AM. MiD. J/8356 RCAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Returning from a bombing operation over France when hit by flak. The pilot tried to reach England, but engine failed over the channel.
Baled out over English Channel some 2 miles south east of Christchurch, but neither the pilot or aircraft recovered.
Citation for MiD, January 1944:
"This officer has led his squadron and participated in many bombing and strafing attacks against the enemy. Although bad weather prevented many sorties, by his personal example and enthusiasm he kept the squadron morale at a high level."
Citation for AM:
“On 25th September 1942, voluntarily flew with United States Army combat pilots, accompanying heavy bombers in making a hazardous five hundred mile overwater flight in order to press home an attack on the enemy at Kiska Island, Alaska. Although the mission of protecting the bombing planes from anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters was completed, the fighters returned to strafe all enemy installations with remarkable success. All planes returned safely to base.”
Fl/Lt. James Garfield Gohl. AM. MiD. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 244. Further information: Son of Elijah and Philippa Gohl, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Also brother to Muriel, Al, Gwen and Kay. Born in Roland, 13th June 192, then moved to Boissevain for his education. Attended the University of Manitoba - trained to be a chartered accountant prior to service. Served for two years within the USAAF.
(1) Gohl Lake east of Kississing Lake in Manitoba was renamed after Fl/Lt. James Garfield Gohl AM. MiD. in 1972.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot, his brother (95 years old in July 2016) and brothers daughter - Vicky Gohl who contacted us in July 2016. With thanks to sources quoted below. Photographs of Fl/Lt. James Gohl supplied by ‘A Place of Honour.’