Sergent Croteau DFM

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CROTEAU, Sergeant Joseph Marcel Albert (R187075) – Distinguished Flying Medal – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.

Home in Bonnyville, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 31 August 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943). Invested with award by King George, 11 August 1944.

As rear gunner, this airman has participated in several sorties including attacks on such targets as Essen, Frankfurt and Karlsburg. During the attack on the last named target, his aircraft was engaged by a fighter. Sergeant Croteau used his guns with deadly effect, however, and his bullets set the enemy aircraft on fire.It fell to the ground and exploded on impact. His skill and determination were characteristic of that he has shown on all occasions.

Sergent Croteau recevant une DFM

Collection Réal St-Amour

11 août 1944, Linton-on-Ouse

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  1. Information from Richard Koval’s Website
    April 24/25, 1944
    21 Lancasters from 408 and 426 squadrons were joined by 116 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 427, 429, 431, 432, and 433 Squadrons on an attack at Karlsruhe. The crews were over the target at between 15,000 and 23,000 feet, releasing 248,000 lbs of high explosives and 401,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the target was cloud covered and bombing was scattered.
    All crews commented on the severe icing to this target.

    F/O S. Frankling from 408 squadron returned early as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    F/Sgt J. McCaffrey landed at Tuddenham on return.

    F/Sgt G. Pritchard from 420 squadron returned early as the stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    P/O G. Wass returned early as the navigation aids and mid upper turret were u/s.
    9 crews landed at Chedburgh, East Moor, Croft and Linton on Ouse on return.
    F/O D. Watterson RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-503 coded PT-L, failed to return from this operation.

    P/O A. Hansford RAF
    W/O2 E. Webb RCAF
    F/O A. Redmonds RCAF
    F/O W. Murphy RCAF
    Sgt G. Tanner RCAF–POW
    Sgt B. Cassidy RCAF–POW
    5 crew were killed and 2 POWs.

    F/O F. Hamilton from 424 Squadron returned early with a technical problem.
    F/O P. Hamilton returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
    F/O W. Hugli RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III HX-318 coded QB-O, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt W. Docherty RAF
    F/O G. Coleman RCAF–POW
    F/Sgt H. May RCAF–POW
    Sgt G. Pound RAF
    P/O G. Mayor RCAF
    F/O R. Chapman RCAF
    5 crew were killed and 2 POWs after being hit by flak and blowing up.
    F/O D. Crosbie RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LV-962 coded QB-X, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt C. Phyall RAF–POW
    F/Sgt P. Moloney RCAF
    F/O J. Tinline RCAF
    W/O2 R. Brown RCAF–POW
    P/O Z. Trudeau RCAF
    P/O L. Boudreau RCAF
    5 crew were killed and 2 POWs.

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

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