Je vous montre une série de photos, puis deux belles photos.
Le Flight Engineer (F/E) de l’équipage Joseph Alcide Yvon Côté, J/85354 fut le Pilot Officer (P/O) Don L. James, RAF178484, de St. Albands, Hertforshire, UK. C’est lui sur les photos PL-32717 et PL-32718. Je crois que cette série de photos furent prise aux environs du 13 septembre 1944, lors du dernier vol de l’équipage Joseph Alcide Yvon Côté, J/85354 à la fin de leur “tour”
Flight Lieutenant (F/L) Joseph Alcide Yvon Côté, J/85354, DFC + Bar, 147 rue Scott à Québec, dans le cockpit d’un Halifax, avant la fin du mois de septembre 1944. La photo, PL-32820, vient des archives du C.A.R.C.
Autre photo du P/O Don L. James, RAF178484, de St. Albands, Hertforshire, UK.
Voici le premier Côté de la médaille
COTE, F/L Joseph Yvon Alcide (J85354) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Home in Quebec City; enlisted there 27 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Unclear as to whether his medals were mailed or presented, 12 April 1948.
This officer has an excellent operational record. He is a highly skilled and courageous pilot who has completed many successful sorties over enemy territory. On one occasion this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig. Shortly before reaching the target the aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and sustained extensive damage. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Cote went on to attack the target with his usual determination. Just after the bombs had been released an engine became unserviceable, but Flight Lieutenant Cote flew his aircraft safely to base.
COTE, F/L Joseph Yvon Alcide, DFC (J85354) – Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.13 SFTS.
This officer has completed numerous sorties since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He continues to display a high degree of courage and determination and his example has been worthy of the highest praise. In September 1944 this officer piloted an aircraft in an attack on Osnabruck. When over the target the bomber was subjected to fire from the ground defences. A shell burst very close to one of the wings. Fragments of shell tore a large hole in the fuselage which was also pierced in many other places. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Cote pressed home his attack with great coolness and determination.
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L’autre Côté maintenant…
COTE, F/O Joseph Yvan Jacques (J19722) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Home in Joliette, Quebec; enlisted Montreal. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942).
In September 1944 Flying Officer Cote captained an aircraft detailed to attack Calais. Whilst over the target the port inner engine was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The propeller had to be feathered. In spite of this Flying Officer Cote pressed home his attack. When nearing base on the homeward flight the starboard outer engine suddenly burst into flames and became unserviceable. Coolly and skilfully, however, this officer effected a masterly landing. Flying Officer Cote has completed very many sorties and has demonstrated his determination and devotion to duty on all occasions.
Maintenant les belles photos…
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