BOURASSA, F/L Joseph Alphonse Claude (J86211) – Distinguished Flying Cross

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Mauvaise identification de cet aviateur à cause de la vignette erronée. Allez plutôt lire cet article.

Mes petites recherches sur Bernard Racicot, dans le cercle rouge, m’ont amené à un autre aviateur.

Racicot  194927 novembre 1949

BOURASSA, F/L Joseph Alphonse Claude (J86211)

– Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Trois Rivieres, Quebec; enlisted Montreal 27 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1942), No.13 SFTS (ceased training 15 January 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 27 November 1949. Throughout his tour of operations Flight Lieutenant Bourassa has shown outstanding courage, initiative and devotion to duty. As bomb aimer he has participated in many sorties against such strongly defended targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Essen. In February 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Schweinfurt. Shortly before reaching the target the flight engineer became unconscious owing to lack of oxygen. Flight Lieutenant Bourassa rendered first aid and took over the flight engineer’s duties. By his resourcefulness and skill he materially contributed to the successful completion of this mission.

wpid-wpid-aviateurs-des-alouettes-dc3a9corc3a9s-jpg.jpegDernière  rangée, premier  à  gauche, à  côté  de Bernard  Racicot

Puis j’ai eu un flash… La fameuse photo de la première rencontre des Alouettes après la guerre à l’hôtel Windsor le 16 novembre 1946.

1946-11-16 Hotel Windsor Claude Bourassa est assis à la première table à gauche. C’est celui qui a la main droite sur son menton. Il est à gauche de l’autre personne qui a la main gauche sur son menton…

Dur à suivre mon blogue n’est-ce pas?

Depuis avril 2010…

Mais je fais de mon mieux pour vous faciliter la vie.

Bouras sa 16 novembre 1946, à l’hôtel Windsor

Claude Bourassa 1949

3 réflexions sur “BOURASSA, F/L Joseph Alphonse Claude (J86211) – Distinguished Flying Cross

  1. Tiré du site de Richard Koval

    http://www.6bombergroup.ca/Feb44/Feb24~2544.html

    February 24/25, 1944

    35 Lancaster from 408 and 426 squadrons were joined by 52 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 427, 432 and 433 squadrons on an attack at Schweinfurt. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 26,000 feet, releasing 136,000 lbs of high explosives and 251,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the attack was scattered.

    F/O H. Chekaluck from 408 squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage and F/O Chekaluck was hit in the arm and leg. He was able to land safely at Hampstead Norris.
    P/O A. Bryson landed at Stanton Harcourt on return.
    S/Ldr. W. Russell landed at Lindholme on return.
    F/O D. Ryan landed at Wing on return.
    F/O J. White landed at Gransden Lodge on return.
    W/O2 J. Harvey landed at Westcott on return.
    F/Lt. W. Stewart landed at Silverstone on return.
    P/O H.Sherlock, RAF and crew flying Lancaster II DS-844, coded EQ-X, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt. H. Basten, RAF
    F/O J. Hillman, RCAF
    P/O H. Cunliffe, RAF
    F/Sgt. R. Nurse, RAF
    Sgt. A. Emerson, RCAF
    F/Sgt. W. Walker, RAF

    All were killed.

    F/Sgt. A. Keiller, RCAF–POW, and crew flying Lancaster II DS-731, coded EQ-O, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt. G. Parson, RAF–POW
    F/O G. McKiel, RCAF–POW
    Sgt. C. Hawkins, RCAF–POW
    P/O A. Walker, RCAF–POW
    P/O M. Hodgins, RCAF
    Sgt. R. Loomer, RCAF–POW

    1 crew member was killed and 6 POWs after being shot down by a nightfighter.

    F/O H. Long, RCAF and crew flying Halifax III LW-427, coded PT-C from 420 squadron failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt. W. Botterill, RAF
    F/Sgt. R. Gile, USAAF
    F/Sgt. D. Richardson, RCAF
    P/O M. Knight, RCAF
    Sgt. H. Hirst, RCAF
    Sgt. D. Crawley, RCAF

    All were killed when shot down by a Nightfighter.
    *Any decendants or relatives wishing information on the loss of this aircraft and crew please email me.

    F/O D. Crosbie from 424 squadron returned early as the fuel pumps were u/s.
    F/Sgt. R. Burton was hit by flak, there were holes in the wings. They landed at West Malling on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Lt. R. Lawlor had the port inner go u/s on return. They landed safely at Manston on 3 engines.
    F/O W. Hill was attacked by an enemy aircraft. There was no claim or damage. They landed at Bovington on return due to poor weather at base.
    P/O H. Wilton and F/Sgt. D. MacKenzie landed at West Malling on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Sgt. H. Kirkby landed at Oakley on return due to poor weather at base.
    W/O2 A. Mather and crew, flying Halifax III LW-438 coded QB-T, were in combatwith an ME-109 and an ME-110. They landed at Westcott on return due to poor weather at base.
    F/Sgt. C. Stewart landed at Wing due to poor weather at base.

    F/O E. Kirk from 425 squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
    Sgt. E. Stowell returned early as the port outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.

    F/Lt. H. Bow from 426 squadron returned early as the rear turret was u/s.
    P/O R. Jarman and crew, flying Lancaster II LL-634 coded OW-F, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage.
    F/Sgt. C. McIllwain landed at Manston due to a fuel shortage.

    F/Lt. J. Milton from 427 squadron returned early as the port engines were vibrating badly.
    F/Sgt. A. King returned early as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at Hurn on 3 engines.
    F/Sgt. C. Coathup returned early as the electrical system was u/s.
    F/O T. Cooper landed at Lyneham on return due to a fuel shortage.

    P/O J. McIntosh from 432 squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
    F/Sgt. J. J. Cooper returned early as the fuel tanks were leaking badly.
    F/O E. Reid swung off the runway on takeoff and crashed. The crew was uninjured.
    F/O W. Smith was attacked by an enemy aircraft, the hydraulics were damaged. They landed at Little Horwood.
    F/Sgt. D. Maddock was hit by flak, there were holes in the stbd wing. They landed safely at Stanton Harcourt.
    P/O H. Whaley landed at Little Horwood on return.
    F/Lt. J. H. Cooper landed at Ford on return.
    F/Sgt. W. Fernyhough landed at Waddington on return.

    F/Sgt. J. Smith from 433 squadron returned early as their aircraft was burning too much fuel.
    P/O K. White landed at Tangmere on return due to a fuel shortage.
    W/O2 C. Nielson was hit by flak, not serious.
    S/Ldr. H. Patterson landed at Snaith on return.
    F/Sgt. J. Monahan landed at Barford St. John on return.
    F/Sgt. W. Russell landed at Chipping Warden on return.
    F/Sgt. V. Meldrum, RCAF–POW, and crew flying Halifax III LV-871, coded BM-M, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt. J. Frost, RAF–POW
    F/Sgt. D. Ferguson, RCAF–POW
    P/O O. Harding, RCAF
    F/O D. Dormand, RCAF–POW
    P/O G. Machesney, RCAF
    P/O C. Lavery, RCAF

    3 crew were killed and 4 POWs

    F/Sgt. G. Fielding, RCAF–POW, and crew flying Halifax III HX-269, coded BM-J, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt. J. Cowen, RAF–POW
    Sgt. J. Mulvaney, RCAF–POW
    P/O I. Thomas, RCAF–POW
    Sgt. H. Whitt, RAF–POW
    Sgt. J. McAnulty, RCAF–POW
    Sgt. E. Wood, RAF–POW

    All the crew were POWs.

    While some of the group went to Schweinfurt, 21 Halifaxes from 419 and 428 squadron were ordered on a mining operation to Kiel Bay. The crews were over the garden at 15,000 feet, sowing 30@1500 lb mines.

    F/Sgt. N. Powers and W/O2 W. Forsberg from 428 squadron, both returned early with the port outer u/s. Both crews landed safely at base on 3 engines.

    There was also a Tactical Diversion the support these operations.
    24 Halifaxes from 429, 431 and 434 squadrons made a sweep over the North Sea at between 15,000 and 18,000 feet. All crews returned safely to base.

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