Book of Remembrance - Volume  I


Flying Officer R.A. Porritt

Royal Canadian Air Force

Son of George A. and Rebecca Porritt, of Knowlton, Province of Quebec, Canada, age 21, died on 19-Aug-1944 while based at Lantheuil, France.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): Once again two pilots were lost on the same day flying their Typhoons on bombing missions, J/21202 F/O "Porky" Porritt and J/7814 F/L Ken Scharff. On the last operations of the day fate dealt us an unkindly blow. F/O Porritt of Quebec was last seen on this operation and no word has been received about him. The loss of another two old members of the squadron was pretty hard to take but, we do expect to see or hear about "Porky" before long and live with that hope. Unfortunately it was learned later that "Porky" did not make it.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 541): This, the third show of the day, was airborne at 13:35 hours to carry out an armed recce over the now familiar area of Orbec-Le Sap-Vimoutiers-Fervaques. Twelve aircraft took off in three sections led by S/L Norsworthy, F/O Johns and F/L Scharff. The three sections proceeded to the "range" independently to pick off their own "sitting ducks". This time the Hun set up some flak posts and gave his transport some protection. The bulk of the MET attacked was found in this area just to the east of Vimoutiers and once again the keen marksmanship of the pilots built up a considerable bag. F/O Bernhart watched F/L Scharff pull up dust after a successful attack, saw his starboard wing become damaged by flak and saw the aircraft dive into the ground exploding on impact. F/L Scharff was presumed killed instantly. Claims were made at interrogation amounted to 12 flamers and 5 damaged MET. One pilot failed to return however, and his Squadron mates watched the clock until the endurance of F/O Porritt's Typhoon was up. Then they realized that something must have happened  to "Porky". His aircraft was last seen  flying in a normal manner over the target area but no further trace  of him was seen or heard. "Porky" is reported as missing. The net bag for the day was: 25 Flamers; 10 Smokers; and 28 Damaged. Against these, on the debit side of the ledger we had: One pilot missing believed killed. One pilot and aircraft missing.

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

J/21202 F/O R.A. "Porky" Porritt is buried at BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, France Grave Reference: XXVI. E. 7.


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