Alouettement vôtre Maurice Bélanger

J’aime bien cet autre message d’une alouette du 425.

J’avais encore écrit à monsieur Bélanger à propos de cette photo.

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Bonjour M. Lagacé,
 
Pour ce qui est de notre ami Bérubé:

Enrôlé comme G.D. (homme à tout faire (General Duty)).
 
 Je l’ai connu à notre départ pour l’Afrique où il fut attaché à mon unité pour l’élévation de notre nouvelle base. Après quelques mois, il fut attaché soit au transport, soit à l’armement (bombes) ou encore avec les mécaniciens.

À notre retour en Angleterre, ce fut le même travail. Pendant tout ce temps nous avons continué nos relations avec notre ami Bérubé.
 
Moi-même comme G.D. Je fus toujours attaché à l’administration, section de la discipline ou du logement. Je travaillais sous les ordres du Sergent Major de l’Escadrille.(Flight Sergent Régnier)
 
 Alouettement vôtre
 Maurice Bélanger (Caporal   R 559781)

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Amicalement Maurice Bélanger

J’avais écrit à monsieur Bélanger à propos de cette photo.

Je n’avais pas eu de réponse.

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Il vient de le faire.

En révisant mes messages supprimées je ne vois pas le message que je vous ai envoyée à propos de la photo.Je suis le numéro un, le numéro deux je ne le sais pas, le numéro  trois est notre ami Bérubé et le numéro  quatre est Victor Charron du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Amicalement 

Maurice Bélanger

identification Maurice Bélanger

LAFRENIERE, F/O Joseph Rodolphe Henri (J35881): Prise 2

Richard Girouard, recherchiste au Musée de la Défense aérienne de Bagotville, envoie ceci pour le neveu du Flying Officer Lafrenière.

Lafrenière

Cela fait suite à ce commentaire…

Je cherche aussi des infos sur mon oncle qui était dans l’escadrille mais en 44 je crois. Il se nommait Rodolphe Lafrenière et il est décédé en 1995. Il est revenu sain et sauf après 36 missions. Il était aussi de Trois-Rivières.

LAFRENIERE, F/O Joseph Rodolphe Henri (J35881)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.425 Squadron

– Award effective 16 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March  1945. 

Born 1921 in Maskinonge, Quebec; home in Trois Rivieres. 

Enlisted Quebec, 3 August 1942. 

Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). 

Commissioned 1943. 

Recommended 18 December 1944 for incident of 2/3 December 1944 when his aircraft collided with another friendly aircraft; tip of starboard mainplane and top of tailplane rudder had been ripped off.  At that time he could not ascertain full damage, and the performance was impaired.  As of recommendation he had flown 19 sorties (114.05 operational hours).

This officer has completed many operational missions and throughout has displayed devotion to duty of a high standard.  One night in December 1944 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Hagen.  On the outward flight the aircraft sustained damage.  The tip of the starboard mainplane was torn away; the top portion of a rudder was also broken off.  In spite of this, Flying Officer Lafreniere went on to the target and executed a successful attack.  He displayed exceptional determination throughout.

LAFRENIERE, F/O Joseph Rodolphe Henri (J35881)

Suite à ce commentaire…

Merci beaucoup, nous n’avions jamais vu la photo de son équipage.
Je cherche aussi des infos sur mon oncle qui était dans l’escadrille mais en 44 je crois. Il se nommait Rodolphe Lafrenière et il est décédé en 1995. Il est revenu sain et sauf après 36 missions. Il était aussi de Trois-Rivières.

LAFRENIERE, F/O Joseph Rodolphe Henri (J35881)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.425 Squadron

– Award effective 16 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March  1945. 

Born 1921 in Maskinonge, Quebec; home in Trois Rivieres. 

Enlisted Quebec, 3 August 1942. 

Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). 

Commissioned 1943. 

Recommended 18 December 1944 for incident of 2/3 December 1944 when his aircraft collided with another friendly aircraft; tip of starboard mainplane and top of tailplane rudder had been ripped off.  At that time he could not ascertain full damage, and the performance was impaired.  As of recommendation he had flown 19 sorties (114.05 operational hours).

This officer has completed many operational missions and throughout has displayed devotion to duty of a high standard.  One night in December 1944 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Hagen.  On the outward flight the aircraft sustained damage.  The tip of the starboard mainplane was torn away; the top portion of a rudder was also broken off.  In spite of this, Flying Officer Lafreniere went on to the target and executed a successful attack.  He displayed exceptional determination throughout.

Pour Nicolas

Un commentaire…

Bonjour M. Clinaz, dans le cas du KW-G le Sgt Arcand était l’oncle de mon épouse et je serais très intéressé à obtenir plus d’infos sur ce crash. Avec le temps la vérité s’est diluée dans la famille d’autant plus que ce souvenir était pénible à remémorer. Ma belle-mère, soeur du Sgt Arcand m’a toujours affirmé avant son décès que bien que ce dernier soit dans un cimetière en Belgique, ils n’auraient jamais trouvé son corps.

J’avais écrit un billet en 2010.

Cliquez ici.

Arcand

Pilot Officer Paul Nazaire Poirier

This is the pilot who flew Halifax LW412 on which sergeant Ronald T. Bailey was a flight engineer on July 7th, 1944.

Paul Nazaire Poirier

I found more information here.

POIRIER, P/O Paul Nazaire (J88835)

Distinguished Flying Cross
– No.425 Squadron
– Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.
Born 1921 in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island (farmer); enlisted Charlottetown, 20 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 2 August 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).
Commissioned 1944.

Award presented 10 March 1946.
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.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (180 hours 40 minutes).

This officer is an excellent operational pilot and captain of aircraft, whose gallantry in the face of enemy action has been outstanding.  On all the sorties in which he has participated, the primary target has been bombed successfully.

Pilot Officer Poirier has completed missions to major German objectives such as Hamburg, Kiel, Sterkrade, Dortmund and the Ruhr area; undeterred by opposition, he has pressed home his attacks regardless of the hazards encountered.

On all occasions, this officer has displayed determination and cool judgment.  His keenness and fine fighting spirit have set a praiseworthy example, and he is recommended for the « Non-Immediate » award of the « Distinguished Flying Cross ».

On the night of July 7th, 1944, Paul-Nazaire Poirier took off with 6 other airmen at 1955 from Tholthorpe:

F/O J.T. Kallal, navigator

F/O K. Franklin, W/AG (RAF)

Sgt J.I. Harnish B/A

Sgt D.L. Morash R/AG

Sgt G.J. Arksey MU/G

Sgt R.H. Bailey F/E (RAF)

All would come back to base safely at 0015.

Target was Caen « B »

Bomb load: 9 x 1,000 and 4 x 500 G.P. (general purpose bombs) dropped from 7,400 ft. at 2228 hrs in centre of yellow T.I’s. (target indicators)

Bomb bursts seen around them.

Fires and black smoke seen in T.A. (target area) also fires in Caen Town.

Master Bomber and Deputy clearly heard.

Good fighter cover. Concentrated attack.

About the pilot…

I found this on this Website.

Paul-Nazaire Fournier

Halifax HR834 near Wombleton airfield

Paul Nazaire Poirier was flying LW412, KW-Q for Queenie on July 7th, 1944.

KW-Q

I found more information about Paul-Nazaire Poirier.

The source is here.

Halifax HR834 near Wombleton airfield

Excerpt

On 27th May 1944 the crew of this aircraft were attempting to take off to carry out a training flight when, at 10.29hrs it left the runway but immediately the starboard outer engine failed.