PARE, P/O Joseph Benoit Roland (J93879) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1922 in Thetford Mines, Quebec; home in Montreal (student, former Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Quebec, 12 October 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned January 1945. Medal presented in Montreal 25 November 1949.
In January 1945 Pilot Officer Pare was mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Magdeburg. On the way to the target the aircraft was coned by searchlights and subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire which lasted fifteen minutes. Evasive action was taken and the crew continued their mission in spite of the damage sustained while over the target. The rear gunner reported a Messerschmitt 210 astern and proceeded to open fire. Pilot Officer Pare also fired in the under part of the enemy fighter and it was seen to dive towards the ground. On this occasion as well as many other sorties Pilot Officer Pare displayed outstanding skill and devotion to duty of a very high order.
The Messerschmitt Me 210 was a German heavy fighter and ground-attack aircraft of World War II. The Me 210 was designed to replace the Bf 110; design started before the opening of World War II. The first examples of the Me 210 were ready in 1939, but they proved to have unacceptably poor flight characteristics from serious design flaws. A large-scale operational testing program throughout 1941 and early 1942 did not cure the aircraft’s problems. The design entered limited service in 1943, but was almost immediately replaced by the Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse (« Hornet »). The Me 410 was a further development of the Me 210, renamed so as to avoid the 210’s notoriety. The failure of the Me 210’s development program meant that the Luftwaffe was forced to continue fielding the outdated Bf 110, despite mounting losses.
Cet avion s’est avéré un fiasco. On avait probablement affaire à un Me 410 et non un Me 210.