LACAILLE, FS (now P/O) Vincent Jean Paul (R81621/J86941) – Distinguished Flying Medal – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born Magog, Quebec, 1920; home there (clerk). Enlisted in Montreal, 9 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).
This airman has completed many sorties and has set a fine example of skill, gallantry and resolution. On one occasion, on the outward flight to an enemy target, his aircraft sustained damage and temporarily went out of control. Flight Sergeant Lacaille regained control although the aircraft vibrated violently and, displaying great determination, went on to bomb his target. On returning to base, he landed the damaged aircraft safely and without injury to any of his crew who had been ordered to take up crash stations Flight Sergeant Lacaille set a fine example of skill, bravery and determination.
Jean-Paul Lacaille DFM
Collection Réal St-Amour