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Richard Jouault

Born in 1920 to Jean Louis Jouault 1883-1956 and Marguerite Marie Le Dain 1878-1949, Richard went to Victoria College where he became Deputy House Captain for Braithwaite, and was goalkeeper in the Hockey XI that I previously wrote about. He took a short service commission in the RAF in 1938, and I presume the following picture was from that time:

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Richard & “Bing” who looks like David Hocquard Crill in the Hockey XI

Richard was the first Jersey man to be mentioned in dispatches and to be awarded the DFC on June 1, 1940 with two others from 22o Squadron: Ronald Nicholas Selley and Hilton Aubrey Haarhoff, Jouault was promoted to flying officer in September, 1940. he was captain of one of a flight of three aircraft protecting shipping engaged on the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkerque. On encountering a force of some 40 Junkers 87s, the flight immediately launched an attack.  Jouault handling his aircraft with the utmost skill and determination shot down two of the enemy with his front gun.

On the 15th of March 1942 Richard was killed with three others in a training accident at RAF Spitalgate (Grantham) when the Oxford AP645 Richard was in with his pupil a Dutchman WB Straver collided on takeoff with an Oxford AB641 Pilot Derek  Oliver age 30 and pupil an American DL Wyatt  age 27. They are buried in Grantham Cemetery. Thanks to the local RAF association for getting in touch with me and supplying more information including a cutting of a memorial service 2002 making the 60th year since the accident which includes a picture of the Dutch pupil Straver:

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It took over two more years for Richard’s parents in Jersey to get official notification of his death through information passed on by the Red Cross and the Bailiff’s Enquiry and News Service dated 24th April 1944:

richard death letter