La dernière mission de Julien Guilbeault – 2 novembre 1944

Qu’est devenu le pilote de la dernière mission de Julien Guilbeault?

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Julien Guilbeault

Trente-et-unième mission…

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Le 2 novembre 1944, Julien Guilbeault est le mid-under gunner dans l’équipage de Desmarais.

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Jean-Marie Desmarais

Encore mid-under gunner!

Oui…

Vingt-deuxième fois comme mid-under gunner, une position fort peu confortable si j’en crois les commentaires de Jean-Paul Corbeil quand je lui en ai parlé il y a quelques semaines. On ne semblait pas se pousser aux portes pour occuper cette position peu enviable sur le Halifax.

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Jean-Paul Corbeil et Pierre Gauthier

On était assis sur une caisse en bois. Un grand trou devant soi avec une grosse mitrailleuse de calibre .50 entre les jambes. On ne voyait pas grand chose…

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Le 22 mai 1944, à la demande de l’officier en charge des air gunners qui ne trouvait pas de mid-under gunner, Jean-Paul  Corbeil se porte volontaire avec l’équipage de Dargis, et ce, sans en avertir son pilote Jacques Terroux…

Jacques Terroux

Jacques Terroux

 

Faut dire que l’officier en charge avait traité les mitrailleurs qui étaient là de « chicken » d’essayer cette nouvelle position.

On ne traitait pas Jean-Paul Corbeil, de Bonfield en Ontario, de chicken…

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Jean-Paul Corbeil

Par contre, s’il avait été descendu, tout l’équipage de Terroux serait retourné à l’entraînement avec un nouveau mitrailleur pour le remplacer.

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Jean-Paul Corbeil  en était  à sa toute première mission.

Il en fera 37!

Trente-six missions avec l’équipage de Jacques Terroux comme mid-upper gunner.

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Julien Guilbeault n’a jamais servi avec le même équipage contrairement  à  la plupart des aviateurs. Il a été plus souvent qu’à son tour le mid-under gunner dans plusieurs équipages comme le prouve son logbook.

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First tour of operations completed

Signé

H Ledoux W/C OC 425 Alouettes 10 12/44

Julien Guilbeault a confié à son gendre qu’il avait toujours regretté ne pas avoir fait partie d’un équipage. Il aurait pu faire un 2e tour d’opérations et se retrouver avec l’équipage de Jean-Marie Desmarais le 18 décembre 1944.

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S’il l’avait fait, je n’aurais jamais écrit sur Julien Guilbeault, car son fils n’aurait jamais recherché son père, et son nom se serait retrouvé dans ce rapport d’accident à la place du mid-under gunner Paradis.

Sur ce, je vous souhaite de passer de Joyeuses Fêtes.

18 décembre 1944

On se revoit en 2015.

Flight Sergeant J. J-B. Albert Dugal, member of l’Escadron 425 Les Alouettes

Pierre Lagacé:

Pour mes lecteurs et mes lectrices anglophones.

Originally posted on Lest We Forget:

This is the translation of what Jacques Desjardins wrote last month.

Jacques Desjardins wrote me a few months ago to seek my help because he wanted to pay homage to his uncle Albert Dugal. What he wrote in French was so touching that I told him it had to be translated in English.

Jacques has a cousin who did just that…!

Her name is Thérèse Kirouac. She too wanted to pay homage to her uncle…

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I would like to talk to you about my uncle, Flight Sergeant J. J-B. Albert Dugal, member of l’Escadron 425 Les Alouettes during the last World War. He died on March 3, 1943 during a bombing mission on Hamburg; he was the «bomb aimer» during this mission.

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I never knew my uncle, as I was born 11 months after he passed away. My grandmother and my mother, his sister, kept his memory alive for me…

Voir l'original 1 061 mots de plus

Flying Officer Dugas

Qu’est devenu le Flying Officer Dugas, le pilote de la première mission de Julien Guilbeault?

Il est devenu un Flight Lieutenant et a été fait prisonnier…

Tiré du site de Richard Koval

F/Lt M. Dugas, RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LW-379 coded KW-D, failed to return from this operation.

F/Sgt. J. Carrier, RCAF–POW
F/Lt. H. Goodwin, RAF–POW
F/O J. St. Arnaud, RCAF–POW
W/O2 J. Ranger, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Crispin, RCAF–POW
F/Sgt. J. Federico, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Savoie, RCAF–KILLED
1 crew-member was killed and 7 were POWs after being shot down by a Nightfighter over the target.

November 1/2, 1944

202 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons were joined by 47 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 on an attack at Oberhausen. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 21,000 feet, releasing 1,979,000 lbs of high explosives and 379,000 lbs of incendiaries. The target was cloud covered and the attack was scattered.

408 Squadron

P/O E. Patzer from 408 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
P/O L. Case and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-714 coded EQ-V, were attacked by 2 ME-210s. Many strikes were seen on the first attacker and the port engine burst into flames and the ME-210 dove down through the clouds. The second attack took place as the ME-210 was attacking a Lancaster, both gunners opened fire, many strikes were seen and it burst into flames and dove through the clouds. They were both claimed destroyed.

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Me-210

415 Squadron

P/O T. Donnelly from 415 squadron had the stbd outer go u/s on return. They landed safely at Woodbridge on 3 engines.
F/O R. Gingrich had the port rudder and elevator damaged when the escape hatch blew off.

419 Squadron

F/Lt A. Warner and crew from 419 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-744 coded NA-J, borrowed from 428 Squadron were attacked by an ME-410. There was no claim or damage.

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Me-410

F/Lt J. Bell had an engine go u/s on return they landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O R. Cox RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-767 coded VR-U, was attacked by an FW-190, the fuselage and tail severely damaged. A short time later they were hit by flak with more damage. They were attacked again by an FW-190.

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The stbd wing, intercom, hydraulics, instruments, and port inner were damaged. There was a fire in the stbd wing and both tires were flat. The stbd inner quit and twice the Lancaster went into a spiral dive only to be pulled out at 1,500 feet. The crew headed for Belgium where the port inner was restarted and they again turned for home. They landed safely at Manston. It was only then that the rear gunner, navigator, and wireless operator were known to be injured during the attack or while putting out the fire. F/O S. Lindsay RCAF, the navigator, F/O L. Sitlington RCAF, the wireless operator, and F/Sgt R. Toane RCAF, the rear gunner, were hospitalized with their injuries and were also decorated for their actions on this operation, along with the pilot F/O Cox. This Lancaster was totally riddled with holes and never flew again.

 

420 Squadron

F/O F. Beairsto and crew from 420 Squadron, flying Halifax III MZ-540 coded PT-H, were attacked by a JU-88,there was no claim or damage.
F/O W. Shotton was hit by flak, there were holes in both wings.
F/Lt F. McCarthy lost a bomb door on return.
F/O E. Johnson had the port outer go u/s on return. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Lt J. S. Sefton and crew, flying Halifax III LL-605 coded PT-K, were attacked by an ME-109, many strikes were seen, the engine caught fire and it dove to the ground, it was claimed destroyed.

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ME-109

F/O O. Austenson had a hydraulics go u/s on return as the bomb doors fell open.

424 Squadron

F/O R.Burns from 424 squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
P/O A Jacobs, RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-376 coded QB-K,

Sgt. G. Vernon, RAF–KILLED
F/O J. Fraser, RCAF–KILLED
P/O. W. Gibson, RCAF–KILLED
P/O R. Kay, RCAF–KILLED
P/O W. Yunsko, RCAF–KILLED
F/Sgt. H. Botterill, RCAF–KILLED
All were killed.

425 Squadron

F/O T. MacKinnon from 425 Squadron returned early as the stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O R. Lafreniere was hit by flak, not serious.
F/O A. Hutcheon landed at Woodbridge due to the brakes being u/s.
F/O D. Smith landed at Carnaby due to the brakes being u/s.
F/O P. Legault and crew, flying Halifax III NA-634 coded KW-X, were attacked by an ME-110, strikes were seen and it was claimed damaged. They were also damaged, the port flap was shot off and the fuselage was riddled with exploding shrapnel.

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Me-110

P/O G. Chabot was hit by flak, there was holes in the fuselage bomb doors and elevator. They landed at Horsham St. Faith due to a fuel shortage.

F/Lt M. Dugas, RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LW-379 coded KW-D, failed to return from this operation.

F/Sgt. J. Carrier, RCAF–POW
F/Lt. H. Goodwin, RAF–POW
F/O J. St. Arnaud, RCAF–POW
W/O2 J. Ranger, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Crispin, RCAF–POW
F/Sgt. J. Federico, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Savoie, RCAF–KILLED
1 crew-member was killed and 7 were POWs after being shot down by a Nightfighter over the target.

426 Squadron

P/O T. Layman from 426 squadron returned early as they were unable to raise the under carriage.
F/Lt. A. Jones was hit by flak, not serious.
F/O W. Anderson, RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-709 coded OW-A, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt. J. Langton, RAF–KILLED
F/O G. Mullin, RCAF–KILLED
P/O C. Goble, RCAF–KILLED
Sgt. T. Edgell, RCAF–KILLED
F/Sgt. L. Griffith, RCAF–KILLED
F/Sgt. J. McLea, RCAF–KILLED
All were killed.
P/O R. Goreham, RCAF–POW and crew flying Halifax VII NP-771 coded OW-J failed to return from this operation.

Sgt. R. Charlton, RAF–KILLED
P/O E. Courtis, RCAF–KILLED
P/O A. McLeod, RCAF–KILLED
P/O J. Weedon, RCAF–KILLED
P/O W. Morrison, RCAF–POW
P/O A. Balfour, RCAF–KILLED
5 crew were killed and 2 POWs after being shot down by flak.

427 Squadron

F/O G. Tegerdine and crew from 427 Squadron, flying Halifax III were attacked by 2 Jet propelled aircraft, many strikes were seen on both and they both burst into flames, one was claimed damaged and the other, probably destroyed..
F/Lt E. Sherlock was attacked by a Jet propelled aircraft. Many strikes were seen and it burst into flames, diving vertically through the clouds, it was claimed probably destroyed.

F/Lt. G. Bennett from 429 squadron had the port inner go u/s over the target. They returned safely on 3 engines.
F/O C. Gray and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-474 coded AL-B, were attacked head on by an FW-190. F/O R. Herbert, the bomb aimer, shot it down. Pretty amazing feat with a single vickers gun!!!
F/O D. Magee was hit by flak. There was severe damage to the stbd outer engine, wings, fins, rudders and fuselage. The Flt/Engineer, Sgt. M. Bareham, was fatally wounded despite the crews efforts to care for him. On landing at Woodbridge, the Halifax swung and the under carriage collapsed damaging it further. The crew escaped further injuries.

F/O D. Connor, RCAF–KILLED, and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-817 coded SE-P, from 431 squadron failed to return from this operation.

P/O R. Joiner, RCAF–KILLED
P/O J. Ogg, RCAF–POW
W/O2 J. Patterson, RCAF–POW
W/O1 G. Leppington, RCAF–POW
Sgt. J. Campbell, RCAF–Evd
W/O2 R. Page, RCAF–POW
2 crewmembers were killed, 4 were POWs, and one evaded capture. Sgt J. Campbell landed by parachute he subsequently met Dutch civilians who assisted him in evading capture until Nov.16th when the area was liberated by British troops, and he was returned to England.

 

432 Squadron

F/O D. McKinnon from 432 squadron returned early as the intercom was u/s.

 

433 Squadron

W/Cdr F. Sharp from 433 squadron was attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage.

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Ju-88

 

434 Squadron

W/O1 C. Ferris RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III NR-144 coded WL-S from 434 squadron, was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage. The wireless operator, W/O1 S. Martin, was fatally injured. The bomb aimer, navigator and Flt/Engineer were also injured.
F/O J. Badgley, RCAF–KILLED, and crew flying Halifax III NR-114 coded WL-U,failed to return from this operation.

P/O D. Jones, RAF–KILLED
F/O R. Halfnight, RCAF–POW
P/O R. Murphy, RCAF–KILLED
W/O2 L. Gobel, RCAF–POW
P/O D. Brown, RCAF–KILLED
P/O A. Best, RCAF–KILLED
5 crewmembers were killed and 2 were POWs.

 

À la mémoire du
Sous-lieutenant d’aviation
Joseph William Savoie
1 novembre 1944

Service militaire :

Numéro matricule : J/92471
Âge : 19
Force : Aviation militaire
Unité : Aviation royale du Canada
Division : 425 Sqdn.
Renseignements additionnels :

Cimetière :
CIMETIÈRE DE GUERRE DE LA FORÊT DE REICHSWALD, Germany
Informations sur la sépulture :
25. G. 16.
Fils de Daniel et Louise Savoie, de Neguac, Northumberland Co., Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada.

Bienvenue avec les Alouettes – 24 juillet 1944

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Première mission de Julien Guilbeault après tout cet entraînement au Canada et en Angleterre.

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Quelque 200 heures de vol selon le log book.

Le pilote de cette mission est le Flying Officer Dugas qui n’est pas encore immortalisé sur mon blogue, du moins pour le moment.

Intéressant comme première mission, car le Halifax KW-D de Flying Officer Dugas revient avec son chargement de bombes! Une mission de nuit de 4 heures et 45 minutes. au-dessus de la France.

Une partie de plaisir quoi…

Jean-Paul Corbeil a fait la même mission.

Voyez sa page de log book.

C’est sa 21e mission: Operation Ferfay – France – DNCO – 4.20.

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DNCO?

Duty Not Carried Out

V2?

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Ferfay avait plutôt une base de V1.

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Pour en savoir plus sur les V1, cliquez ici.

Ligne par ligne

Je ne parcourrai pas ligne par ligne le log book de Julien Guilbeault  ni je n’écrirai sur toutes ses 31 missions avec l’escadrille Alouettes.

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Je vais simplement faire  ressortir quelques points qui éclaireront les membres de sa famille quand cet aviateur a parfois osé leur raconter un peu de ses souvenirs de guerre.

Julien Guilbeault a reçu un entraînement de bomb aimer, mais aussi d’air gunner comme le démontre ici son bulletin daté du 9 juillet 1943 du No.1 B&G Jarvis, en Ontario.

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Julien Guilbeault sera par la suite affecté au No.1 AOS Malton, en Ontario. C’était une école de navigateurs.

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Je pourrais vous parler d’un autre navigateur que j’ai rencontré en septembre dernier qui a fait partie de cette même école, mais juste quelques mois après Julien Guilbeault.

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Mais là je vais devenir dur à suivre, et je veux éviter ça.

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L’entraînement au Canada de Julien Guilbeault fut assez court puisqu’il se retrouve en Angleterre au No. 6 A.O.S. Staverton.

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On a même une page Facebook!

Julien Guilbeault n’est pas resté longtemps avant d’être muté sur un bombardier Wellington, à Leicester East, puis au No. 82 O.T.U. Ossington.

O.T.U. signifie Operational Training Unit. C’est là que se forme les équipages.

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Il a dû être fort heureux de faire partie d’un équipage. Il le note d’ailleurs…

Sheahan crew

Crew pilot G.L. Sheahan J25383

Navigator P/O C.R. Hebert J36298

Air bomber Sgt J.J. Guilbeault R185344

Wireless operator W/O J.M. Huybreck R110975

Mid-upper gunner J.B. Millar R213536

Rear turret gunner R.Y. Ronnebeck R215788

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Cette joie sera éphémère.

C’est là que le mystère commence dans la carrière de Julien Guilbeault au sein de la RCAF. Au début je pensais que son pilote George Lorne Sheahan avait trouvé la mort, et que Julien Guilbeault avait dû se trouver un autre équipage comme c’était le cas quand un membre d’équipage perdait la vie…

Mais non, le pilote George Lorne Sheahan a survécu et a même été cité dans l’ordre du jour!

SHEAHAN, F/O George Lorne (J25383) – Mention in Despatches – No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives only « Overseas » – Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Enlisted 26 January 1940.  Trained at No.5 ITS, No.13 EFTS and No.2 SFTS.  Spent four years in Canada, 13 months in UK as of 2 February 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945.

Through cheerfulness and efficiency this officer has been a great asset to the squadron.  His invariable good humour and outstanding determination to attack the enemy has done much to give confidence to new crew.

Le navigateur C. R. Hébert DFC a aussi survécu…

HEBERT, F/O Charles Edouard Roger Yvan (J36298) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.432 Squadron – Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in 1914, Massueville, Quebec; home in Montreal (book keeper).  Enlisted Montreal, 7 August 1942).  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.  No citation other than « completed…numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty. »  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 7 April 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (200 hours 30 minutes), 29 August 1944 to 31 March 1945.

The above mentioned officer has to his credit thirty-two operational sorties over occupied territory.  Included among his targets are Emden, Bergen, Stuttgart, Merseburg and Zeitz. On his last sortie Flying Officer Hebert flew with the gaggle leader and displayed outstanding navigational ability.

During a very long tour this officer has at all times set a sterling example of cheerful confidence and devotion to duty.  The conscientious manner in which he completed every task both on the ground and in the air has been an inspiration to all navigators in the squadron.

For his outstanding ability and example of zeal and co-operation, Flying Officer Hebert is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

Pourquoi Julien Guilbeault se retrouve-t-il alors avec les Alouettes sans équipage, et devient par la force des choses le mid-under gunner durant presque toute son affectation avec le 425 Alouettes?

Une question qui demeurera toujours sans réponse.

26 avril 1943 – La premier vol de Julien Guilbeault

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A veteran of No.425 Squadron who successfully completed a tour of operations over heavily defended enemy territory, Flight Sergeant Guilbeault showed exceptional presence of mind, outstanding keenness and undaunted devotion to duty which are worthy of high praise.  His cool courage, fine leadership and tenacity of purpose have been a good example to the crew he has flown with…

Si je voulais rendre hommage correctement au bomb aimer Julien Guilbeault, je devais numériser son log book.

De la première page à la dernière page.

Tout son parcours dans la RCAF est là.

Il ne reste plus qu’à le déchiffrer ligne par ligne.

On peut se rendre loin dans une recherche vous savez.

Son premier vol d’entraînement se fait sur Avro Anson Mk II. On a même le numéro de série!

7519.

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On est le 26 avril 1943.

Le LAC Guilbeault a mal rempli son log book la première fois.

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Je ne sais pas quelle fut la réaction de l’officier commandant.

Voici un lien intéressant sur l’Avro Anson, un avion mythique.

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Avro Anson Mk II
[ collection Maynard Norby ]

Si vous avez cliqué sur le lien ci-dessus, vous aurez aperçu un poème écrit sur le Anson.

Oh, the Crane may fly much faster,
Inside she may be neat,
But to me the draughty Anson
Is very hard to beat.

Her plywood may be warping,
Her window glass may crack,
But when you start out in an Anson
You know that you’ll come back.

She may be a flying greenhouse,
With her windows all around,
But in that draughty Anson
You’re as safe as on the ground.

She may creak and she may shudder,
As she comes out of a dive,
But if her pilot knows his stuff
She’ll bring him back alive.

Her landing gear is sturdy,
It will stand for quite a drop,
If you doubt it, watch your students
Bring her in, and let her flop.

Fifteen, twenty, twenty-five,
She doesn’t care a jot,
All in all, our Anson
Will stand for quite a lot.

The wind may make her weather-cock-
That’s nothing to these craft,
For when you fly an Anson
You never mind a draft.

You can keep your Moth and Battle,
Your Harvard and your Crane,
Give me the good old Anson
In which our pilots train.

When she comes in with a panel,
All split from front to rear,
And the rigger starts to fix it-
They don’t need a lot of gear.

A chisel and some plywood,
Some brads and a pot of glue,
Quite a bit of elbow grease
And very soon they’re through.

They wheel her back out to the line,
Her Cheetahs start to cough-
Our Anson knows they’re lads to train
And she’s eager to be off.
ODE TO AN ANSON
-by Andy (#7 SFTS; Fort Macleod)

Dans quelle école d’entraînement se trouvait le LAC Guilbeault le 26 avril 1943?

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No.1 B&G Jarvis

On peut se rendre loin dans une recherche sur son grand-père.

For Lancasters lovers

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Lancaster Rabbit Stew (KB903), with three of its engines still running, comes to a stop at Scoudouc with lots of RCAF personnel watching. Whereas American nose art was randomly selected by the aircraft’s first commander or crew chief, nearly all the nose art found on RAF and RCAF bombers related to the aircraft code. For instance, NA-Z was Zoomin’ Zombie, WL-P was Piccadilly Princess and WL-B was Bluenose Dads. So why was Lancaster 420 Squadron PT-P called Rabbit Stew and why did it have the letterR on its nose? The reason was that it was originally assigned to 425 Squadron Les Alouettes as KW-R. It never saw combat and was reassigned as a Tiger Force Lanc to 420 Squadron as PT-P, crossing the Atlantic still wearing the Rabbit Stew markings. It was one of two RCAF Lancs called Rabbit Stew, the other being KB882.

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Selon moi, le texte est dans l’erreur… si on compare le logbook de Jacques P. Lamontagne.

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Roland Laporte a ramené d’Angleterre le Rabbit’s Stew et Jacques P. Lamontagne!

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