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.
Collection Réal St-Amour
11 août 1944, Linton-on-Ouse