All my best in the New Year – French Canadian Turtle with Wings

Un recherche sur l’escadrille Alouette du temps de la Tunisie, écrit par Clarence Simonsen.

Lest We Forget

Another message from Clarence Simonsen, a a precious contributor…

Hello Pierre,

This is in fact three stories in one. Group Captain Dunlap was an outstanding RCAF Officer, who served [exchange duty] with the RAF in 1935, and for this reason understood the British and thinking of the pre-war RAF. He was one officer who was not afraid to express his true point of view and give a blunt reply to everything. He was in fact – « a man’s man » and did everything he could to serve and take care of the members under his command. When he arrived in North Africa and was informed [by RAF Command] the best landing strips had been taken by the RAF, he was determined his Canadians would not take second best or fly at night from the mountainous regions the British had picked for him. By the use of the barter system and…

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A Merry Christmas special from Clarence Simonsen

Un hommage à Don Doucet, un autre membre des Alouettes

Lest We Forget

French/American/Canadian –  RCAF Mid-Under Gunner

Donald Alfred Doucette was born in Portland, Maine, 24 April 1922, whose parents who were French/Canadians, Joseph and Rose Doucette [nee Guinard]. In 1920, his parents moved to Maine, U.S.A., seeking employment, and then returned to Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1929. Donald was born an American citizen, but in those days received no citizenship papers and his parents requested none. Americans and Canadians crossed the border from country to country without any questions being ask or documents being shown. From 1929 to the beginning of World War Two, Donald believed he was Canadian, but that all changed when he attempted to enlist in the RCAF in February 1942. He was posted to Edmundston, New Brunswick, where he trained as a RCAF airframe mechanic, receiving $7 per week, however he was not issued or allowed to wear the RCAF uniform. If he wished to serve…

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La dernière mission de Julien Guilbeault – 2 novembre 1944

Qu’est devenu le pilote de la dernière mission de Julien Guilbeault?

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Julien Guilbeault

Trente-et-unième mission…

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Le 2 novembre 1944, Julien Guilbeault est le mid-under gunner dans l’équipage de Desmarais.

Jean-Marie Desmarais

Jean-Marie Desmarais

Encore mid-under gunner!


Vingt-deuxième fois comme mid-under gunner, une position fort peu confortable si j’en crois les commentaires de Jean-Paul Corbeil quand je lui en ai parlé il y a quelques semaines. On ne semblait pas se pousser aux portes pour occuper cette position peu enviable sur le Halifax.

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Jean-Paul Corbeil et Pierre Gauthier

On était assis sur une caisse en bois. Un grand trou devant soi avec une grosse mitrailleuse de calibre .50 entre les jambes. On ne voyait pas grand chose…


Le 22 mai 1944, à la demande de l’officier en charge des air gunners qui ne trouvait pas de mid-under gunner, Jean-Paul  Corbeil se porte volontaire avec l’équipage de Dargis, et ce, sans en avertir son pilote Jacques Terroux…

Jacques Terroux

Jacques Terroux


Faut dire que l’officier en charge avait traité les mitrailleurs qui étaient là de « chicken » d’essayer cette nouvelle position.

On ne traitait pas Jean-Paul Corbeil, de Bonfield en Ontario, de chicken…

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Jean-Paul Corbeil

Par contre, s’il avait été descendu, tout l’équipage de Terroux serait retourné à l’entraînement avec un nouveau mitrailleur pour le remplacer.

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Jean-Paul Corbeil  en était  à sa toute première mission.

Il en fera 37!

Trente-six missions avec l’équipage de Jacques Terroux comme mid-upper gunner.


Julien Guilbeault n’a jamais servi avec le même équipage contrairement  à  la plupart des aviateurs. Il a été plus souvent qu’à son tour le mid-under gunner dans plusieurs équipages comme le prouve son logbook.

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First tour of operations completed


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Julien Guilbeault a confié à son gendre qu’il avait toujours regretté ne pas avoir fait partie d’un équipage. Il aurait pu faire un 2e tour d’opérations et se retrouver avec l’équipage de Jean-Marie Desmarais le 18 décembre 1944.

Halifax crash

S’il l’avait fait, je n’aurais jamais écrit sur Julien Guilbeault, car son fils n’aurait jamais recherché son père, et son nom se serait retrouvé dans ce rapport d’accident à la place du mid-under gunner Paradis.

Sur ce, je vous souhaite de passer de Joyeuses Fêtes.

18 décembre 1944

On se revoit en 2015.

Flight Sergeant J. J-B. Albert Dugal, member of l’Escadron 425 Les Alouettes

Pour mes lecteurs et mes lectrices anglophones.

Lest We Forget

This is the translation of what Jacques Desjardins wrote last month.

Jacques Desjardins wrote me a few months ago to seek my help because he wanted to pay homage to his uncle Albert Dugal. What he wrote in French was so touching that I told him it had to be translated in English.

Jacques has a cousin who did just that…!

Her name is Thérèse Kirouac. She too wanted to pay homage to her uncle…


I would like to talk to you about my uncle, Flight Sergeant J. J-B. Albert Dugal, member of l’Escadron 425 Les Alouettes during the last World War. He died on March 3, 1943 during a bombing mission on Hamburg; he was the «bomb aimer» during this mission.

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I never knew my uncle, as I was born 11 months after he passed away. My grandmother and my mother, his sister, kept his memory alive for me…

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Flying Officer Dugas

Qu’est devenu le Flying Officer Dugas, le pilote de la première mission de Julien Guilbeault?

Il est devenu un Flight Lieutenant et a été fait prisonnier…

Tiré du site de Richard Koval

F/Lt M. Dugas, RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LW-379 coded KW-D, failed to return from this operation.

F/Sgt. J. Carrier, RCAF–POW
F/Lt. H. Goodwin, RAF–POW
F/O J. St. Arnaud, RCAF–POW
W/O2 J. Ranger, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Crispin, RCAF–POW
F/Sgt. J. Federico, RCAF–POW
1 crew-member was killed and 7 were POWs after being shot down by a Nightfighter over the target.

November 1/2, 1944

202 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons were joined by 47 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 on an attack at Oberhausen. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 21,000 feet, releasing 1,979,000 lbs of high explosives and 379,000 lbs of incendiaries. The target was cloud covered and the attack was scattered.

408 Squadron

P/O E. Patzer from 408 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
P/O L. Case and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-714 coded EQ-V, were attacked by 2 ME-210s. Many strikes were seen on the first attacker and the port engine burst into flames and the ME-210 dove down through the clouds. The second attack took place as the ME-210 was attacking a Lancaster, both gunners opened fire, many strikes were seen and it burst into flames and dove through the clouds. They were both claimed destroyed.



415 Squadron

P/O T. Donnelly from 415 squadron had the stbd outer go u/s on return. They landed safely at Woodbridge on 3 engines.
F/O R. Gingrich had the port rudder and elevator damaged when the escape hatch blew off.

419 Squadron

F/Lt A. Warner and crew from 419 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-744 coded NA-J, borrowed from 428 Squadron were attacked by an ME-410. There was no claim or damage.



F/Lt J. Bell had an engine go u/s on return they landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O R. Cox RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-767 coded VR-U, was attacked by an FW-190, the fuselage and tail severely damaged. A short time later they were hit by flak with more damage. They were attacked again by an FW-190.

Focke-Wulf Fw-190


The stbd wing, intercom, hydraulics, instruments, and port inner were damaged. There was a fire in the stbd wing and both tires were flat. The stbd inner quit and twice the Lancaster went into a spiral dive only to be pulled out at 1,500 feet. The crew headed for Belgium where the port inner was restarted and they again turned for home. They landed safely at Manston. It was only then that the rear gunner, navigator, and wireless operator were known to be injured during the attack or while putting out the fire. F/O S. Lindsay RCAF, the navigator, F/O L. Sitlington RCAF, the wireless operator, and F/Sgt R. Toane RCAF, the rear gunner, were hospitalized with their injuries and were also decorated for their actions on this operation, along with the pilot F/O Cox. This Lancaster was totally riddled with holes and never flew again.


420 Squadron

F/O F. Beairsto and crew from 420 Squadron, flying Halifax III MZ-540 coded PT-H, were attacked by a JU-88,there was no claim or damage.
F/O W. Shotton was hit by flak, there were holes in both wings.
F/Lt F. McCarthy lost a bomb door on return.
F/O E. Johnson had the port outer go u/s on return. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Lt J. S. Sefton and crew, flying Halifax III LL-605 coded PT-K, were attacked by an ME-109, many strikes were seen, the engine caught fire and it dove to the ground, it was claimed destroyed.



F/O O. Austenson had a hydraulics go u/s on return as the bomb doors fell open.

424 Squadron

F/O R.Burns from 424 squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
P/O A Jacobs, RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-376 coded QB-K,

Sgt. G. Vernon, RAF–KILLED
F/Sgt. H. Botterill, RCAF–KILLED
All were killed.

425 Squadron

F/O T. MacKinnon from 425 Squadron returned early as the stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O R. Lafreniere was hit by flak, not serious.
F/O A. Hutcheon landed at Woodbridge due to the brakes being u/s.
F/O D. Smith landed at Carnaby due to the brakes being u/s.
F/O P. Legault and crew, flying Halifax III NA-634 coded KW-X, were attacked by an ME-110, strikes were seen and it was claimed damaged. They were also damaged, the port flap was shot off and the fuselage was riddled with exploding shrapnel.



P/O G. Chabot was hit by flak, there was holes in the fuselage bomb doors and elevator. They landed at Horsham St. Faith due to a fuel shortage.

F/Lt M. Dugas, RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LW-379 coded KW-D, failed to return from this operation.

F/Sgt. J. Carrier, RCAF–POW
F/Lt. H. Goodwin, RAF–POW
F/O J. St. Arnaud, RCAF–POW
W/O2 J. Ranger, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Crispin, RCAF–POW
F/Sgt. J. Federico, RCAF–POW
1 crew-member was killed and 7 were POWs after being shot down by a Nightfighter over the target.

426 Squadron

P/O T. Layman from 426 squadron returned early as they were unable to raise the under carriage.
F/Lt. A. Jones was hit by flak, not serious.
F/O W. Anderson, RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-709 coded OW-A, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt. J. Langton, RAF–KILLED
Sgt. T. Edgell, RCAF–KILLED
F/Sgt. L. Griffith, RCAF–KILLED
All were killed.
P/O R. Goreham, RCAF–POW and crew flying Halifax VII NP-771 coded OW-J failed to return from this operation.

Sgt. R. Charlton, RAF–KILLED
P/O W. Morrison, RCAF–POW
5 crew were killed and 2 POWs after being shot down by flak.

427 Squadron

F/O G. Tegerdine and crew from 427 Squadron, flying Halifax III were attacked by 2 Jet propelled aircraft, many strikes were seen on both and they both burst into flames, one was claimed damaged and the other, probably destroyed..
F/Lt E. Sherlock was attacked by a Jet propelled aircraft. Many strikes were seen and it burst into flames, diving vertically through the clouds, it was claimed probably destroyed.

F/Lt. G. Bennett from 429 squadron had the port inner go u/s over the target. They returned safely on 3 engines.
F/O C. Gray and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-474 coded AL-B, were attacked head on by an FW-190. F/O R. Herbert, the bomb aimer, shot it down. Pretty amazing feat with a single vickers gun!!!
F/O D. Magee was hit by flak. There was severe damage to the stbd outer engine, wings, fins, rudders and fuselage. The Flt/Engineer, Sgt. M. Bareham, was fatally wounded despite the crews efforts to care for him. On landing at Woodbridge, the Halifax swung and the under carriage collapsed damaging it further. The crew escaped further injuries.

F/O D. Connor, RCAF–KILLED, and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-817 coded SE-P, from 431 squadron failed to return from this operation.

W/O2 J. Patterson, RCAF–POW
W/O1 G. Leppington, RCAF–POW
Sgt. J. Campbell, RCAF–Evd
W/O2 R. Page, RCAF–POW
2 crewmembers were killed, 4 were POWs, and one evaded capture. Sgt J. Campbell landed by parachute he subsequently met Dutch civilians who assisted him in evading capture until Nov.16th when the area was liberated by British troops, and he was returned to England.


432 Squadron

F/O D. McKinnon from 432 squadron returned early as the intercom was u/s.


433 Squadron

W/Cdr F. Sharp from 433 squadron was attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage.




434 Squadron

W/O1 C. Ferris RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III NR-144 coded WL-S from 434 squadron, was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage. The wireless operator, W/O1 S. Martin, was fatally injured. The bomb aimer, navigator and Flt/Engineer were also injured.
F/O J. Badgley, RCAF–KILLED, and crew flying Halifax III NR-114 coded WL-U,failed to return from this operation.

F/O R. Halfnight, RCAF–POW
W/O2 L. Gobel, RCAF–POW
5 crewmembers were killed and 2 were POWs.


À la mémoire du
Sous-lieutenant d’aviation
Joseph William Savoie
1 novembre 1944

Service militaire :

Numéro matricule : J/92471
Âge : 19
Force : Aviation militaire
Unité : Aviation royale du Canada
Division : 425 Sqdn.
Renseignements additionnels :

Cimetière :
Informations sur la sépulture :
25. G. 16.
Fils de Daniel et Louise Savoie, de Neguac, Northumberland Co., Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada.

Bienvenue avec les Alouettes – 24 juillet 1944

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Première mission de Julien Guilbeault après tout cet entraînement au Canada et en Angleterre.


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Quelque 200 heures de vol selon le log book.

Le pilote de cette mission est le Flying Officer Dugas qui n’est pas encore immortalisé sur mon blogue, du moins pour le moment.

Intéressant comme première mission, car le Halifax KW-D de Flying Officer Dugas revient avec son chargement de bombes! Une mission de nuit de 4 heures et 45 minutes. au-dessus de la France.

Une partie de plaisir quoi…

Jean-Paul Corbeil a fait la même mission.

Voyez sa page de log book.

C’est sa 21e mission: Operation Ferfay – France – DNCO – 4.20.

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Duty Not Carried Out



Ferfay avait plutôt une base de V1.


Pour en savoir plus sur les V1, cliquez ici.