BOUCHARD, F/O Joseph Alphonse Camille (J26027)
– Distinguished Flying Cross
– No.425 Squadron
– Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.
Born in Ste.Anne de la Pocatiere, Quebec; educated at St.Dunstan’s University, Charlottetown. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 22 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Overseas in June 1943. Flew 31 sorties. Award presented 1 December 1948. Date of death uncertain; widow died in Ottawa, 17 June 1994.
Throughout his operational tour Flying Officer Bouchard has displayed the utmost determination successfully to complete his missions despite the most intense enemy opposition. In October 1944 he was captain of a bomber detailed to attack Bochum. Owing to adverse weather this courageous officer remained in the target area for twelve minutes before completing his attack although subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire which damaged his aircraft. A few nights later during a sortie against Duisburg he successfully evaded an enemy fighter. After many attacks, in spite of all navigational equipment being rendered unserviceable, the target was effectively bombed and a safe return was accomplished. On five further sorties Flying Officer Bouchard captained his damaged aircraft safely back to base. This gallant officer has always set a praiseworthy example.
Source site Airforce.ca
Date of death uncertain; widow died in Ottawa, 17 June 1994.
Collection Mario Allard
Archives 425 Alouette via Richard Girouard
Équipage de Camille Bouchard
Pilote F/L Camille Bouchard
Navigateur F/O Beauvais
Bomb aimer F/O Lavallée
Ingénieur P/O Knight (RAF)
Sans-filiste et mitrailleur P/O Labelle
Mitrailleur P/O Gardiner
Mitrailleur P/O Hasty
À la mémoire du Capitaine d’aviation
Joseph Alphonse Camille Bouchard
décédé le 15 septembre 1946
Service militaire :
Numéro matricule : J/26027
Âge : 28
Force : Aviation militaire
Unité : Aviation royale du Canada
Mention élogieuse : Croix du Service distingué dans l’Aviation (D.F.C.)
Décorations et titres honorifiques : Croix du Service distingué dans l’Aviation
Renseignements additionnels :
Fils de Georges et Marie C. Bouchard, de Ottawa, Ontario. Époux de Ruth Bouchard, de Ottawa, Ontario.
CIMETIÈRE CATHOLIQUE D’OTTAWA (NOTRE-DAME); Ontario, Canada
Informations sur la sépulture : Soldiers’ plot 3. Grave 27.