F/L John Hodgson J/5667

One more pilot who did not make it back.

F/L John Hodgson J/5667 is with Peter Lecoq, Buzz Beurling in this picture sent by Peter Lecoq who is Peter Lecoq’s son.

Lecoq, Beurling and Hodgson (Peter Lecoq collection)

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Mission: Ramrod 960.

Date: 2nd June 1944.

Unit: No. 403 Squadron R.C.A.F.

Type: Spitfire IX.

Serial: MK742.

Coded: KH –

Location: Herbecourt France.

Pilot: F/Lt. John Hodgson. R.C.A.F. J/5667. Age 22. Killed.

One of two Spitfires lost on this Ramrod 960, F/Lt. Hodgson was tragically killed when his Spitfire IX MK742 suffered complete engine failure which may have been due to flak, and crashed at Herbecount near Amiens. The second aircraft lost on this mission Spitfire IX MJ229 411 Squadron R.C.A.F., flown by F/Lt. R W Orr was hit by flak, but he was able to bale out over the Channel and was rescued.

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In memory of
Flight Lieutenant
who died on June 2, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number: J/5667
Age: 22
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 403 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of John and Susanna Hodgson; husband of Doreen Lydia Hodgson, of Southgate, Middlesex.

Burial Information:


Grave Reference: Plot 7. Row D. Grave 13.
ST. PIERRE CEMETERY is situated on the north-eastern outskirts of Amiens, on the northern side of the main road to Albert.

Group Picture of Squadron at Headcorn, September 1943

Dean Black sent this picture taken at Headcorn in September 1943.


Photo # 12  PL 19718

Members of the Wolf fighter squadron are included in the above photograph with Wing Commander J.E. Johnston, DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, of  Melton, Mowbray, Leicestershire, brown-eyed 27 year-old Englishman, who has just relinquished leadership of the Canadian fighter wing to W/C Hugh Godefroy, DFC, Toronto.  Johnston has destroyed 25 German aircraft in combat over France, Belgium and Holland, a record for enemy planes destroyed by any allied fighter pilot over enemy territory.


Front Row:

  F/O Joseph P. Lecoq, Montreal

F/L Charles P. Thornton, Detroit

P/O John Allen Wilson, Hamilton, Ont

Sgt Stanley Barnes, Toronto

F/O Stanley W. Matthews, Winnipeg

W.O.1 Clinton E. Rae, Moulinette, Ont

Sgt James R. MacKinnon, Winnipeg

Second Row:

  F/O Livingston Foster, Grimsby, Ont

F/O Robert G. Middlemiss, Montreal

F/O James F. Lambert, Winnipeg

F/L Dean Dover, Mount Dennis, Toronto

S/L Frank E. (Bitsy) Grant, Brockville, Ont

W/C J.E. Johnston, DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar (Eng.)

F/L Noel J. Ogilvie, Ottawa

F/O Harry Dowling, Sarnia, Ont

F/O J.D. Browne, Florham Park, New Jersey

P/O Paul K. Gray, Toronto

Third Row: 

F/O Thomas A. Brannigan, Windsor, Ont

F/O John Hodgson, Calgary

F/L Arthur C. Coles, N. Vancouver, B.C.

F/L Herbert J. Southwood, Calgary

Sgt Norman V. Chevers, Niagara Falls, Ont

F/O James Preston, St. Catharines, Ont

F/L David Goldberg, Hamilton, Ont

F/O Malcolm J. Gordon, Edmonton, Alta

F/L Harry A. Pattison, Hamilton, On