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