Flight Sergeant John Trout - 431 Squadron  
 

 

Flight Sergeant John Trout - RCAF

 

 Flight Sergeant John "Jack" Trout RCAF (R217004) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 13th 1924. He completed his Air Gunner Training starting on the 22nd of September 1943 attending #9 Bombing & Gunnery School at Mont Joli, Quebec. He was posted to 431 Squadron on April 130, 1944 as part of the Harrison crew.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

F/O R.Harrison

RCAF

Pilot

P/O Edward Goad

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

F/O W.K.McKinnell

RCAF

Navigator

F/O G.R.Dickson

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

P/O W.Pinneger

RCAF

W/Op/AG

F/Sgt John Trout

RAFVR

Air Gunner

F/Sgt H.J.Esler

RCAF

Air Gunner

 Flight Sergeant Trout had 235 combat hours with 431 Squadron from the 3rd of May 1944 to the 2nd of December 1944. He claimed one enemy fighter destroyed on the night of June 12/13 during an operation to Arras.

His last operation was to Duisberg in Lancaster KB 803 SE-N which was described by his Pilot, Reg Harrison:

"Take off was at 16.27 hours with a bright moon. Primary 2007.2 hours, 17,000 feet, 078 degrees T,IAS 160 mph, 10/10ths cloud with tops 6/7,000 feet. T.I.ís red and red flares with yellow stars identified the target. We bombed the centre of the concentration of red flares. All that could be seen was a red glow through the clouds. If markers were on, the effort should have been good."

He was screened on December 3, 1944 and posted out of 431 Squadron on Januyary 16, 1945 after completing his tour. John Trout married after the war in 1947 and died in Toronto in 1995.

 

  Photo courtesy of Judy Trout, Don & Norma Young. Additional information via Bill Heron, research by Linda Ibrom.