James Douglas Lindsay DFC (2) was born in Arnrprior, Ontario (ON) and on February 11, 1941, enlisted in the RCAF in Ottawa ON.
After receiving air crew instruction at various training schools in Canada, Lindsay graduated, as a pilot, from No. 9 Service Flying Training School at Summerside, Prince Edward Island on November 21, 1941.
His next posting was to carry out flying instruction in Canada for some time. In 1943 he arrived overseas and eventually was posted to No. 403 (Wolf) Squadron, Fighter Command, flying Spitfires from Kenley in Surrey, England. From October 8, 1943, to July 2, 1944, flying with 403 Squadron, he destroyed six and one half enemy planes before his tour ended in April 1945. He was awarded his first Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), effective August 8, 1944.
His citation reads as follows: "In July 1944, this officer took part in an engagement against a large formation of enemy fghters, three of which he shot down. Flight Lieutenant Lindsay has invariably displayed praiseworthy courage and skill and his keenness to engage the enemy has always been apparent. He has destroyed six enemy aircraft."
Postwar he remained with the RCAF and served as an exchange officer between July 15 and November 28, 1952, with the United States Air Force, (USAF) 51st Interceptor Wing flying F86 Sabre Jets. During this time he destroyed two MIG fighters and damaged two others. When his tour with USAF ended he returned to his post as Commanding Officer of 416 Squadron, Bagotville, Quebec.
For his achievements with the USAF Interceptor Squadron, during the Korean War, he was awarded the US Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). His citation reads in part as follows:
"Squadron Leader Lindsay, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, distinguished himself in early combat over North Korea on 11 October 1952. Squadron Leader Lindsay was leading a flight of four F-86 aircraft on a fighter sweep along the Yalu River, when he sighted approximately 12 enemy MIG-15 type aircraft approaching at a very high altitude.
Squadron Leader Lindsay immediately started climbing to intercept the enemy aircraft. The enemy flight started a turn which enabled Squadron Leader Lindsay’s flight to cut them off and close with them. Picking out the last flight of four aircraft, Lindsay began his attack on the number four man of the enemy flight and scored decisive hits on the enemy aircraft. This enemy aircraft then began a steep spiralling dive and was observed to crash and explode. Lindsay then completed his mission and led his flight back to their home base. Throughout his service with the Far East Command, Squadron Leader Lindsay has displayed outstanding courage, aggressiveness and devotion to duty..."