Who remembers Gerald Boucher on Remembrance Day?

Veronica, Gerald Boucher’s sister, but not only on Remembrance Day.

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Veronica remembers her brother Gerald who died at 19 on April 25, 1944 over Holland…

Gerald Boucher

He is not the only one who died during the war, but he is part of 17,000 other Canadian airmen.

Original graves in Bergen Op Zoom graveyard 1944

Who remembers Gerald Boucher?

Probably someone like these two Dutch women.

graves of Canadian soldiers, Bergen-op-Zoom, Netherlands, 5 May 1946 (2)

5 May 1946

Who remembers his granduncle Gerald, his grandmother’s brother?

Gérard Boucher

Gerald Boucher

Doug Cochrane who I found on a Facebook page dedicated to the Handley Page Halifax…

Doug had asked me in Novembre 2014 if this was the information I was seeking about his granduncle.

Crash ID 382
Date 25 April 1944
Location Oosterschelde
Airplane Handley Page
Type / model Halifax III
Serial number MZ573
Registration number KW-G
Group RAF Bomber Command
Squadron 425 Sqdn RAF
Base Tholthorpe

Mission Karlsruhe stad
Target Karlsruhe

Crew P/O J. R. Wells RCAF POW
Sgt J. Q. Railton POW
F/S H. R. Mooney RCAF POW
F/L C. Maddin RCAF POW
Sgt W. B. Walker POW
P/O S. G. Hunt RCAF POW
Sgt P. G. Draper RCAF EVD
F/S G. J. Boucher RCAF KIA

Doug had then shared this few pictures from his grandmother’s collection.

 

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Gerald’s class photo from Class 23 – Course 48 B&G School in Mont Joli

Collection Veronica Roy (Boucher), Gerald’s sister

Gerald-Boucher-in-uniform

A nice photo of him in uniform

Collection Veronica Roy (Boucher), Gerald’s sister

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Gerald’s actual obituary from the newspapers back in 1944

Collection Veronica Roy (Boucher), Gerald’s sister

Boucher G.J grave.

Gerald’s grave at Bergen Ops Zoom

Richard Koval had mentioned only once his granduncle’s name on his Website dedicated to Bomber Group 6 which 425 Squadron was a part of.

Sgt V. Lacaille from 425 Squadron was attacked by a JU-88, it was claimed destroyed after the gunner fired 250 rounds.
P/O C. Jones had the port outer u/s on return. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Sgt J. Irvine had the under carriage fold on landing, the crew was not injured.
7 crews landed at East Moor, Wombleton, Linton on Ouse and Stradishall on return.
F/O J. L’Abbe RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax III LW-591 coded KW-T, failed to return from this operation.

      Sgt A. Best RAF–Evd
      F/O T. Gravel RCAF–POW
      Sgt W. Whalen RCAF–Evd

W/O1 H. Dube RCAF Killed

      Sgt J. Michaud RCAF–Evd
                  Sgt H. Girard RCAF–POW

4 crew evaded capture and 3 were POWs. W/O1 H. Dube evaded and was murdered on August 8,1944.

P/O J. Wells RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax MZ-573 coded KW-G, failed to return from this operation.

      Sgt J. Railton RAF–POW
      F/Sgt H. Mooney RCAF–POW
      F/Lt C. Maddin RCAF–POW
      Sgt W. Walker RAF–POW
      P/O S. Hunt RCAF–POW
      Sgt P. Draper RCAF–Evd

                    P/O G. Boucher RCAF Killed

6 crew were POWs, 1 evaded capture and 1 was killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

The Halifax was shot down by a German nightfighter.

Doug is now sharing more pictures from his grandmother’s collection.

Sylva Boucher

Sylva Boucher, Gerald’s father

Gerald Veronica and Olive (2)

 Veronica, Gerald with their mother Olive

Who will now remember Gerald Boucher on Remembrance Day?

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Who will now remember Gerald Boucher on Remembrance Day?

Jean-Paul Corbeil, a veteran, to whom I gave this picture of Gerald.

Mont-Joli Fairey BattleJean-Paul Corbeil trained on a Fairey Battle in Manitoba before joining 425 Alouettes and flying 40 missions. Of his group of 30 recruits, only two came back.

MacDonald Manitoba No. 3 B & G only gunner to come back alive after the war

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