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AYR AIRMAN'S TOP HAT CHARM
Warrant Officer Jan Goulevitch, of an RAAF Lancaster Squadron in Britain, who, it has been announced, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, has a top hat charm.

Once an undertaker's, the hat is a souvenir of a happy leave, which has now become a kind of good-luck charm. He wears it to and from the Lancaster he pilots and while in flight it is stowed away behind him.

Goulevitch has "dipped his lid" to many German and Italian cities on bombing operations since the top hat came his way.

Born at Belgian Gardens, Townsville, (actually he was born in Poland) Warrant Officer Goulevitch was a contractor and cabinet maker before he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in July, 1941. He was then a resident of Ayr.


 

WARRANT OFFICER J. GOULEVITCH
A pilot, Goulevitch has an outstanding operational record. On 9 consecutive occasions he has secured valuable photographs. During an attack on Milan his starboard outer engine failed before the Alps were reached, yet, in spite of loss of altitude, he flew on and bomber the target successfully and then returned safely to base. Over Cologne his aircraft was damaged by A.A., the port wing tip shot off, the hydraulic system punctured, the port engine out of action. By skilful airmanship he made a safe landing at base.


QUEENSLAND'S already famous top-hatted airman stepped up in the world recently when he scored a mention in Walter Winchell's column. He is Flight-Sergeant Jan Goulevitch, of Townsville, who has worn his extraordinary headgear - once the property fo an undertaker during visits to 18 German and Italian cities so far. The hat is a souvenir of a happy leave, and, has become a sort of good luck charm. It and its owner are now inseparable during operations.

The following members of the RAAF have recently been entertained at the Anzac, Southern Cross and Air Force Clubs, New York: P/O Arnold Asgoe, Cairns; P/O Ernest Carroll, Mareeba; P/O Ron Elkings, Rockhampton; P/O William Mills, Townsville; F/O Jan Goulevitch, Ayr; P/O Neville Hewitt, Theodore; F/Lt. George Miller, Townsville; F/O Eric Otto, Malanda; P/O Charles Turnbull, Cunnamulla; Sgt. Jack Vowels, Townsville.


 

TOWNSVILLE MAN OVER KASSEL
Two Australian Lancaster squadrons participated in last night's raid on Kassel. They included Warrant Officer J. Goulevitch, of Townsville.


 

ROCKHAMPTON AIRMAN SAVES BOMBER

MELBOURNE, August 20. The resourcefulness and courage of Flight Engineer Sgt. A.G. Elwing, of Rockhampton enabled a damaged RAAF Lancaster, piloted by Flight Sgt. J. Goulevitch, of Brisbane, suffered severe damage by anti- aircraft fire when it attacked Cologne. The hydraulics were shot away. The bomb doors could not be closed and the trimming gear was unserviceable. Sgt Elwing clung to the rudder bar throughout the whole journey and the aircraft was able to complete its return flight.


 

PILOT FROM AYR WINS DFC

CANBERRA, Tuesday. Two air-gunners, two pilots and a navigator, members of an RAAF Lancaster squadron in Britain, have received awards for gallantry. This was announced by the Minister for Air (Mr. Drakeford) today. They include Warrant-Officer Jan Goulevitch, of Ayr, who received the DFC. Warrant-Officer Goulevitch, who is a pilot, has had an outstanding operational record. On nine consecutive occasions he secured valuable photographs.


 

AYR AIRMAN DECORATED
Two air-gunners, two pilots, and a navigator, members of an RAAF Lancaster squadron in Britain, have received gallantry awards announced Mr. Drakeford on Tuesday.

They include Warrant Officer Jan Goulevitch, of Ayr, who has received the DFC. Goulevitch, a pilot, has an outstanding operational record. On nine consecutive occasions he has secured valuable photographs.


 

DFC FOR AYR PILOT

CANBERRA, January 25.
Two air-gunners, two pilots and a navigator, members of an RAAF Lancaster squadron in Britain, have received gallantry awards. These were announced by the Minister for Air (Mr. A.S. Drakeford) today. They include Warrant Officer Jan Goulevitch, of Ayr, who received the DFC. Goulevitch, who is a pilot, has had an outstanding operational record. On nine consecutive occasions he secured valuable photographs.

QUEENSLAND'S already famous top-hatted airman stepped up the world recently when he scored a mention in Walter Winchell's column. He is Flight-Sergeant Jan Goulevitch, of Townsville, who has worn his extraordinary headgear - once the property of an undertaker - during visits to 18 German and Italian cities so far. The hat is a souvenir of a happy leave, and has become a sort of good luck charm. It and its owner are now inseparable during operations.

 

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