C’est le capitaine de l’équipage du sans-filiste Jean Fontaine.
Le Sergent Norm Brosseau du Cap-de-la-Madeleine était notre Capitaine et j’étais debout derrière lui dans la cabine de pilotage lorsqu’il mit les gaz à fond. Nous commencions à prendre de la vitesse et nous avions déjà parcouru la moitié de la piste lorsque je remarquai que le Capitaine regardait le moteur à tribord avec inquiétude.
Voici la citation pour sa DFC.
J’ai ajouté les deux photos du document. On y raconte le crash.
BROUSSEAU, P/O Joseph Henri Normand (J17601)
– Distinguished Flying Cross
– No.425 Squadron
– Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.
Born September 1921. Home at Cap de la Madeleine; enlisted Montreal, 29 May 1941 and posted to No.4 Manning Depot. To No.3 ITS, 8 August 1941; graduated and promoted LAC, 25 September 1941 when posted to No.4 EFTS; graduated 20 November 1941 when posted to No.9 SFTS; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 10 April 1942.
To “Y” Depot, 11 April 1942.
To RAF overseas, 30 April 1942. Award sent by registered mail 30 September 1948. Rejoined RCAF Auxiliary in Montreal, 10 October 1949 as pilot, No.438 Squadron (110148); retired 2 March 1954.
Pilot Officer Brousseau as captain of aircraft has participated in a large number of successful sorties at night against heavily defended targets in German and Italian territory. Throughout his operational career this officer has been conspicuous for his devotion to duty and his exceptional coolness and courage in hazardous circumstances.
Incident with Wellington BJ918 at Dishforth airfield. On 28th February 1943 the crew of this aircraft were in the process of taking off for an operational flight to St.Nazaire when the starboard engine failed on take off. The pilot made a rough landing near, what was then known as, Dishforth Crossroads, around a mile south of the airfield at 18.05hrs.
The crew escaped injury and the bomb load did not explode.
Pilot – Sgt Joseph Henry Normand Brousseau RCAF, of Cap de Madeleine, Quebec, Canada;
Navigator – Sgt J H Moreau RCAF (Possibly Gerald or Jerry Moreau RCAF);
Wireless Operator – Sgt John D L Fontaine/Fontain RCAF, of Rosemount, Quebec, Canada;
Bomb Aimer or Wireless Operator, F/O Dennis Bertram James Hodgetts RAFVR (123849), of Birmingham;
Air Gunner , Sgt Joseph Alfred Henri Bernard “Ben” Marceau RCAF, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada;
Air Gunner or Bomb Aimer – P/O Thomas Robert Clifford « Cliff » Irwin RCAF (J/22523), of St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada.
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