« Tush » was Pilot Officer Joseph Alexandre Laviolette’s nickname.
Who remembers this airman?
Probably not many people anymore. « Tush » made the news on April 2nd 1944 in La Patrie, a newspaper in Quebec.
Warrant Officer J.-A. Laviolette, wireless/air gunner, from Dalhousie (N.-B.), a member of the famous « Alouettes » Squadron, is pictured here beside his « Halifax »bomber.
Kind of keeping the morale with people at home with all the bad news coming from the front.
I have changed the picture on the newspaper article.
A kind of a sad reminder…
Sgt V. Lacaille and F/Sgt V. Irvine from 425 Squadron returned to base as their port outers were u/s. They both landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O J. Taylor returned early as the rear turret was u/s.
P/O L. Renaud RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW425 coded KW-V, failed to return from this operation.
Sgt J. Nutman RAF
F/O J. Brazeau RCAF
P/O M. Boyer RCAF
P/O R. Hanks RCAF
P/O C. Turner RCAF
P/O J. Huot RCAF
All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.
P/O N. Jones RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW428 coded KW-C, failed to return from this operation.
Sgt G. Mabbott RAF
P/O M. Latornell RCAF
P/O M. McLeod RCAF
P/O J. Laviolette RCAF
P/O J. Bouchard RCAF
P/O J. Tracey RCAF
All were killed. (Source Richard Koval’s Website)
25 March 1944!
Tush was already dead when the newspaper hit the stand on April 2nd 1944…