Alphe Baptiste AmiraultRank: Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner Service No: R/88416Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 214 (FMS) Squadron Date of Birth:August 29, 1918Place of Birth:Lower East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NSDate of Enlistment:May 9, 1941 (RCAF)Place of Enlistment:Halifax, NSAddress at Enlistment:Centre East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NSAge at Enlistment:22Height: 5 feet, 8 inchesTrade:Surveyor’s HelperMarital Status:SingleReligion:Roman CatholicNext of Kin:Louis Norbert Amirault (Father) Centre East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NSAlphe was the son of Louis Norbert and Lucy E. Amirault, of Centre East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. He attended school in Lower East Pubnico until 1932, completing his Provincial Courses. He attended St. Anne’s College, Church Point, Digby Co., NS to complete Grade 12 and completed 1st year of university in 1937 and 1938. In 1939 he completed a course in Forestry and Surveying at Acadia Forest Station. He was qualified in English and French and could read Spanish. During his school years he played hockey and Baseball extensively as well as motor boating and canoeing.He completed basic training at CABTC No. 60, Yarmouth between October 9 and November 7, 1940 (Course 1). Flight Sergeant/ Air Gunner Alphe Amirault served with 214 Squadron overseas and was reported missing and presumed dead on March 5, 1943 after air operations. The aircraft took off at 19:35 hrs. from their base at Chedburgh, Suffolk on a raid to Essen. They were shot down by flak and crashed into the sea west of Ijmuiden, Holland at 22:10 on 5 March 1943. All the crew were killed. Date of Death: March 5, 1943Age: 24Memorial: Runnymede Memorial (Surrey, England) Panel 181Commemorated on page 313 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed every year in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 20Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial His name is listed as “Alphie“ on the Yarmouth War Memorial)Sources:Commonwealth War Graves CommissionVeterans Affairs Canadawww.214squadron.org.uk
Alphe Baptiste Amirault
Motto: "Ultor in umbris" ("Avenging in the shadows")Badge: A nightjar volant affrontée. The nightjar was chosen because it is a bird which is active at night and is indicative of the role of the squadron.