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LAVALLEE, F/O Laurent Joseph (J37714) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Montreal, 1921; home there (salesman); enlisted there 7 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 19 September 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 November 1943). Commissioned November 1943.
As air bomber this officer has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Essen, Dusseldorf and Cologne. On one occasion in October 1944 he was air bomber in an aircraft detailed for an attack on Bochum. Whilst en route to the target some of the navigation instruments became unserviceable and Flying Officer Lavallee assisted the navigator in keeping course. Whilst over the target area intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was damaged. Nevertheless, the target was bombed successfully. On the homeward flight Flying Officer Lavallee again gave great assistance in guiding the bomber safely back to base. At all times this officer has displayed outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty.