REGIMBALD, F/L Joseph Gaetan Marcel Eugene (J14794)
– Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.
Born 1919 in Montreal; home there (bookkeeper, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); e* there, 13 September 1941.Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942).Commissioned 1942. Award presented at Sea Island, 21 November 1949.
As navigator, Flight Lieutenant Regimbald has participated in attacks on such heavily defended targets as Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Wesseling and Castrop-Rauxel. Throughout he has exhibited a high degree of skill and resolution. On one occasion while en route to the target his compasses were rendered unserviceable as well as the air speed indicator. Undaunted, this officer, with exceptional ingenuity, directed his pilot to the target and back to base. An outstanding deputy navigation leader, he has displayed great administrative ability and set a splendid record by his fearlessness, cool courage and efficiency.
compasses were rendered unserviceable as well as the air speed indicator…
les compas et l’indicateur de vitesse tombèrent en panne…
I believe he was a navigator on a good old Wellington that some aircrew had given this nickname: « The Flying Coffin ».
Selon moi, il était navigateur à bord d’un vénérable Wellington que certains avaient surnommé le cercueil volant.