Jules Dargis et Léo Vézina

Jules Dargis était le pilote de l’équipage de Léo Vézina, mitrailleur arrière. 

Léo Vézina

 

 

Sur ce site on indique le nombre de missions de Léo Vézina.

Alouette, je te plumerai

Missions accomplies !

Mercredi 13 septembre 1944 : dernière sortie. Les gars n’aiment pas la date, le chiffre 13 porte malheur ! Darkie n’y peut rien, ce n’est pas lui qui décide. Les gars se ressaisissent et leur courage prend le dessus. Ce soir-là, à 20h25 précises, le bombardier est de retour à la base. Les gars sont excités. L‘équipage vient d’accomplir sa 35e mission. Un tour opérationnel complet. C’est l’euphorie totale à l’intérieur de l’appareil. Leur joie est indescriptible. La mort ne fera plus partie de leur quotidien. Ils flattent et  embrassent ce fameux Halifax fiable et costaud, le Jolly Roger, dans lequel ils ont mis toute leur confiance… et leur vie. Ce gros oiseau de fer est à jamais imprégné de toutes leurs émotions et restera gravé dans la mémoire de ces jeunes, devenus aviateurs pour la cause.

En octobre, avec plus de 380 heures de vol outre-mer à son actif, Léo est rapatrié. Après six longues journées en mer, le navire accoste à Digby en Nouvelle-Écosse. À l’aube de ses 22 ans, Léo pose enfin le pied sur la terre de ses aïeux. C’est le cœur serré et les larmes aux yeux que ces jeunes hommes se quittent se promettant de toujours garder le contact. Un nombre effarant d’aviateurs canadiens dispersés sur les bases d’Angleterre ne sont pas revenus. Statistiquement, les chances des équipages de bombardiers de compléter les trente-cinq missions obligatoires étaient d’une sur trois. Après la guerre, Arthur Harris, le chef duBomber Command, avoua sans détour : «Ils étaient virtuellement, et ils ne le savaient que trop, des condamnés à mort en sursis ».

Jules Dargis en a donc fait autant et pilotait un Halifax baptisé Jolly Roger.

Dargis

Une chance sur trois de revenir de la guerre…

Tiré du site de Richard Koval, quatre des 35 missions.

June 7/8, 1944

23 Lancasters from 408 and 419 squadrons were joined by 97 Halifaxes from 420, 425, 426, 429, 431, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons in attacking the road/rail junction at Acheres and the rail yards at Versailles. The crews were over the targets at between 3,000 and 7,000 feet releasing 930,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, these targets were accurately bombed.

F/O J. Dargis was fired upon by friendly anti aircraft in East Anglia. There was no damage.

July 28/29, 1944

46 Lancasters from 408, 419, and 428 Squadron were joined by 186 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 425, 427, 429, 431, 432, 433, and 434 Squadrons on an attack at Hamburg. The crews were over the target at between 16,000 and 22,000 feet, releasing 2,019,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, some bombing fell into the port area, otherwise the attack was scattered. On this attack, 6 Group suffered their highest losses. 22 crews failed to return.

Eighteen crews from 425 Squadron departed base at between 22:05 and 22:35hrs, they were over the target at between 01:13 and 01:19hrs, returning to base at between 03:55 and 04:45hrs.

F/Lt J. A. Cote and crew, flying Halifax III LW-414 coded KW-E, returned early as the port outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines. F/O J. Dargis and crew were hit by flak, not serious.

P/O T. Barton RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-641 coded KW-K, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt R. Barnicoat RAF
P/O J. Gibson RCAF
P/O W. Murray RCAF
P/O B. Welsh RCAF
P/O P. Poulos RCAF
P/O E. Fairey RCAF
P/O J. Howell RCAF
All were lost without a trace.

P/O V. Vincent RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-712 coded KW-S, failed to return from this operation.

P/O J. Noonan RCAF
P/O H. Vanderveen RCAF
P/O F. Watson RCAF
P/O B. Betts RCAF
P/O L. Image RCAF
P/O F. Dalessandro RCAF
P/O R. Patterson RCAF
P/O W. Vance RCAF
All were lost without a trace.

 

August 14, 1944

165 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 Squadrons were joined by 59 Lancasters from 408, 419, 428, and 431 Squadrons on an attack of German troop positions at Falaise, Aisy, and Bons Tassilly. The crews were over the targets between 6,000 and 9,000 feet, releasing 2,131,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports the attack was going well and then some bombing started to fall back into Canadian army 3rd Division positions. This problem was made worse when ground troops started firing yellow flares, which happened to be the same colours as the Target Indicators, attracting more loads of explosives. This carried on for more than an hour and little could be done but for the troops to head for their slit trenches and wait the attack out. 13 army personnel were killed and many injured along with some equipment being destroyed.

 

F/O J. Dargis from 425 Squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the stbd tail plane.

 

August 18/19, 1944

102 Halifaxes from 408, 420, 425, 426, 427, 429, and 433 squadrons were ordered to attack the rail yards at Connantre. The crews were over the target at between 15,000 and 18,000 feet, releasing 797,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, the target was well hit and great damage was caused. This was the last attack on the rail systems in France and Belgium.

 

W/Cdr H. Ledoux, P/O P. Hache, F/O J. Galipeau, F/Sgt C. Dionne, F/O E. St. Jean, F/O H. Gregson, P/O J. Jean, F/O J. Dargis, F/O J. Gourdeau, F/Lt T. Rance, F/O N. Streight, F/Lt J. A. Cote, P/O J. Y. Cote, P/O S. Milliken, P/O J. Desmarais, P/O J. Henry, P/O V. Lacaille, and F/O C. Bouchard from 425 Squadron landed at Coningsby on return

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