As a fighter pilot during the Second World War, Flying Officer Don Kimball flew on many overseas missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Kimball was posted to several bases across Canada before receiving his first overseas posting. At Torbay, Newfoundland, while flying Hurricanes with No. 125 Fighter Squadron, Kimball had the task of hunting for subs in the surrounding waters. He never saw one while flying out of Torbay nor while flying out of his next posting Sydney, Nova Scotia. Eventually, he was posted to Digby in Lincolnshire, England, where he was a Spitfire fighter pilot.

On March 28, 1944, Kimball flew on his first mission over Europe when three squadrons led by Royal Air Force ace Johnny Johnson attacked Driux aerodrome in France. Not very familiar with the Spitfire Mk.9, Kimball had never fired the guns on the aircraft before and found he didn’t know how to turn on the reflector sight. "I couldn’t find the switch to turn my sight on so I didn’t know what I was shooting at". Even while shooting blind, Mr. Kimball managed to destroy at least one enemy aircraft that was being warmed up outside a German hanger.


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