C’est un extrait du témoignage de Jack McIntosh.
The challenges facing the young aircrew often seemed overwhelming, and they were highly vulnerable to physical and mental symptoms of stress. Two common denominators of stress was identified as showing up in the first five operations flown, combined with the matter-of-fact acceptance of sudden death. Jack faced this expression of his feelings toward a violent sudden death after his third operation, when two of his crew were killed in action, one wounded, and his aircraft was shot up, set on fire and he had to make a crash landing at base. The death of his two crew members was particularly hard on Jack as he knew it was inevitable, he would never live to complete his 30 operations or see Canada again. Jack was well aware of the consequences of being convicted of the Lack of Moral Fibre designation, issued in 1941, and employed against aircrew who could not fly for reasons considered unjustified. These airmen were grounded, stripped of all rank badges in front of all squadron members in a parade square ceremony. The Canadian was then dishonorably discharged and returned to Canada disgraced to all.
Le texte est de la plume de Clarence Simonsen.
Clarence c’est lui.
Son parcours dans la vie est assez exceptionnel, mais là n’est pas le propos de ce billet.
La lecture de cet extrait nous montre qu’il valait mieux aller mourir que de passer pour un lâche.
Clarence est un autre de mes collaborateurs sur mes autres blogues. C’est le hasard qui l’a mis sur ma route. Il cherchait depuis 1985 une preuve que ceci était sur des avions de l’escadrille 128 (F) de la RCAF.
Il l’a trouvé sur mon blogue qui rend hommage à cette escadrille.
Je ne vous parlerai pas de cette escadrille, car ce n’est pas le propos de ce billet.
Lack of Moral Fibre…
Cela en dit long à propos du courage de Jean-Paul Michaud et de tous les autres aviateurs de qui j’ai parlé sur ce blogue depuis 2010.