Bernard Racicot DFC

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After his Halifax was hit by enemy fire, as the pilot and captain, Mr. Racicot was the last crew member  to parachute out of the doomed aircraft holding it as steady as he could so the other crew members could get out safely. All managed to land safely although unfortunately the flight engineer Sgt. Panasuk was shot by the Germans because his Ukranian name sounded Russian. Mr Racicot  explained that he himself was almost immediately captured by the Germans and was interrogated by an officer of the Schutzstaffel or SS , the most feared and ruthless of Hitler`s soldiers. From the onset he established a rapport with the SS officer who had actually visited the Province of Québec before the war.

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  1. Mise en ligne le 11 nov. 2009

    RACICOT, F/O Charles Bernard Joseph (J92018) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in Montreal, 1924; home there; enlisted there 25 September 1942. In Air Cadets, Montreal, before enlistment. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 June 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1944). Commissioned 1944. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. Shot down in the early hours of 19 March 1945; DHist file 181.009 D.1763 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation which included much more detail of that night and his subsequent experience as a POW.

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