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1st Lt. Richard Francis Noble, O-453171
United States Army Air Force
731st Bombardment Squadron (H)
452nd Bombardment Group (H)
45th Combat Wing
3rd Bombardment Division
8th Air Force
Pilot: 'Lucky Lady, B-17G, SN: 42-9941'
Shot Down: 12 May, 1944
Born: 20 August, 1918
Executed By Germans When Captured While Evading
8 August, 1944
Place of Death: On the flat in a
woods, close to the
village of Olizy, Ardennes, France, above a place
called: 'Le Canapé'
In the early evening of 8 August, 1944, a small boy
climbed from the village into the woods located at
that time, at the top of the place called: Le Canapé.
Fifty-fours later, in what is now an open field, that
boy, now a man, Mr. BOUDIN, points to a small
cross he placed at the approximate place he found
the two men particularly buried, with their heads and
bound hands above the earth, shot between the eyes.
He remembers their hands well, it obvious that
the two men had been forced to dig their graves with
their own hands.
At the time, Mr. BOUDIN's father was the Mayor
of Olizy, DEPARTMENT OF ARDENNES
Arrondissement of VOUZIERS
Canton de Vouziers
Cross outlined via computer modification.
Photograph By: Mr. Daniel SERVAIS
Mayor of Olizy
| Department Des Ardennes
Arrondissement de Vouziers
Canton de Granpre
Maire D'Olizy-Primate 08250 FRANCE
Executed with R.C.A.F. Pilot Officer: Henry Dube
Buried At: American World War Two Ardennes Cemetery: D-14-19.
Married to Betty N. (Noble) Carrell, one son: Richard (Francis Noble, II) N. (Noble) Carrell
Lt. Noble grew up in New Concord, Ohio, the son of Nellie F. and Burl C. Noble.
Village Cemetery, Olizy, France
WIRELESS OP./AIR GUNNER
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
8 AUGUST 1944 AGE 26
The grave of Pilot Officer Henri E. Dube, executed with 1st Lt.
Richard F. Noble on 8 August, 1944, at the top of the place called
the "couch" at the "canapés" at Olizy. 1st Lt. Noble was in a grave
to the left of P.O. Dube's until his remains were removed by the Americans
shall Not Grow Old, published by the British Commonwealth
Air Training Museum, at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, has the following
DUBE, HENRI EDOUARD P/O(WAG) J86139/R96579. From
New Brunswick. Killed In Action Apr24/44 age 26 #425 Alouette Squadron
(Je Te Plumerai) Halifax aircraft # LW 591 missing during a night attack
against Karlsruhe, Germany. Two Canadians. F/O.s J.W. L'Abbe and
T.G.A.J. Gravel were taken Prisoner Of War. Three Canadians, Sgt.s
Whalen, Girard, and Michaud were either Evaders or taken P.O.W, one
of the crew, not Canadian, missing believed killed. Pilot Officer Wireless
Operator Air Gunner Dube is buried in the Communal Cemetery at Olizy,
Again, our research has lead us to a person, or
event, that some written
history has wrong. We know what happened to P.O. DUBE on 8 August, 1944,
and not on April 24, 1944. P.W. DUBE obviously evaded from April 24, 1944
until he was captured with 1st Lt. Noble and executed on 8 August, 1944.
At the end of July, 1944, we know they left
the Resistance Camp where both
men were at, with a French Freedom Fighter helper. Soon thereafter they were
handed over to a Mr. Mathieu, of Charleville, France. After spending one hour
in his home, they left with Mr. Mathieu to handed on to the next safe station on
the route to the Allied Lines, west of Paris.
All three men were captured soon after
leaving the house and Mr. Matieu was
put in the local jail and Lt. Noble and P.O. Dube was put aboard a train to be sent
to a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany.
We now know that the two men escaped off the
train and arrived near Olizy,
France, by 8 August, 1944, where they were again captured by the Germans and
later executed the same day.
Mr. Matieu, along with 30 other French
Freedom Fighters were held in the
Charleville jail until 29 August, 1944, when the Allied lines approached the city.
All 31 men were taken out and executed by the Germans before they retreated
A memorial plaque for Lt. Noble and P.O. Dube
is now being prepared by
Quiring Monument, Inc., Seattle, Washington, for installation on the church
where the two men were held until they were taken to the height above "La
Canapé, at Olizy, forced to dig their own graves with their bare hands, buried
alive and executed by the Germans. The plans of the museum, calls for the new
memorial to be installed by/on Memorial Day, 1999.
This memorial will be one of four memorials
placed in France by the museum
in 1999. You can help with this Remembrance/Souvenir project by making a
tax deductible donation to the museum.
Last Updated: June 06, 2006 10:20:31 AM