Hubert Coulter

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Hubert Coulter, during WWII

Hubert Vincent Coulter (19 May 1915 - 7 May 1943) was a Flying Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in action during WW2.

Early life

He was born to Joseph and Williamina Bessie Coulter.

He was a student at Victoria College at the University of Toronto from 1935-1936.

Service in World War 2

He enlisted with the RCAF on 12 July 1941.

He served with service number J/11504 as Flying Officer in the 608th Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In March 1943 he was sent to North Africa, soon after becoming a flying officer.

He was reported as "missing after air operations in North Africa" on 7 May 1943.

His younger brother Everett was also killed in action, 9 months later.

Death

He was missing in action since 7 May 1943:

FO. H.V. Coulter Missing.

Missing after air operations in North Africa is FO. Hubert Vincent Coulter, R.C.A.F., 28-year-old son of Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Coulter, 151 Wolverleigh Boulevard.

Hubert Coulter, who was born in Stettier, Alta., taught school at Minnow Lake, near Sudbury, before he enlisted on July 12, 1941. He took his military training at St. Hubert and Victoriaville, Que.; Chatham, N.B.; Belleville and Penfield, N.B., where he was commissioned as a pilot officer. in June, last year, he navigated a bomber across to England. In March he was sent to North Africa, soon after becoming a flying officer.

FO. Coulter was educated at the Normal School, Toronto, and Scarboro Collegiate. His elder brother, LAC. Wesley Coulter, is being trained as a navigated [sic] at St. Johns, Que. One of his younger brothers, Sgt. Everett Coulter, R.C.A.F., is overseas. Another brother Kenneth, is in Ottawa with the Inspection Board of the United Kingdom and Canada. One of his sisters is Mrs. B.F. Newman; the elder sister, 14-year-old Elanie, is at home with her parents and 9-year-old Ian Donald.
— Globe and Mail
Pte. [sic] Hubert Vincent Coulter was born May 19, 1915 at Stettler, Alberta. He was the son of Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Bessie Coulter, third oldest in a family of five boys and two girls. They lived in Western CAnada until moving to Little Current in 1928. After completing high school, Hubert attended Toronto Normal School. He was an elementary school teacher in Minnow Lake and Webwood, Ontario before enlisting in the R.C.A.F., later becoming a navigator in the airforce. Hubert was reported missing in action on May 7, 1943.
— The Manitoulin (Island) Expositor, special issue, 1994.

Along with others who have no known grave, he is commemmorated at the Malta Memorial, in Malta, Panel 10, Column 1.

His name also appears as at the University of Toronto, at the Memorial Arch – the names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of “F/O H. V. COULTER R.C.A.F.” is among the names inscribed.

His name also appears in the University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Memorial Book – University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 15 reads: F/O Henry (sic) Vincent COULTER RCAF, 608 Sqn RAF. Former student Victoria College, 1935-36. Killed on active service on convoy duty in the Mediterranean, 21 (sic) May 1943. Name inscribed on the Malta War Memorial, Malta.

Sources

Canadian Virtual War Memorial [1]