Le dernier – Rosaire Garneau DFC

JFR Garneau 1949

GARNEAU, F/O Joseph Francois Rosaire (J26358) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Montreal, 1916, home there (clerk and accountant). Trained at No.3 ITS and No.7 AOS. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than « completed…numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty. » DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (165 hours 15 minutes):

A navigator of a Halifax bomber, Flying Officer Garneau has recently completed a tour of operations over the heavily defended targets of Wesseling, Hamburg, Kiel, Stuttgart, Wahne Eickel and Osnabruck.

Throughout his tour, Flying Officer Garneau has displayed exceptional navigational talent. His keenness in operations has resulted in the very fine record set up by his crew in precise timing and accurate bombing.

On one trip over Stuttgart in July 1944, this navigator, checking the D.R. Compass on takeoff, found it to be twenty degrees off. He tried, without success, to synchronize it with the P.4 Compass. Going over the Channel, the aircraft flew into an electrical storm. The P.4 was rendered useless. The storm drove the aircraft off course. Exhibiting dogged determination and a keen sense of perception, the navigator pin-pointed his way from Lake Constance to base where a successful landing was made.

His devotion to duty, his infectious keenness and his outstanding ability as a Navigator are highly commendable…

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