Collection Réal St-Amour via Chantal Gaudreault
Joseph Arthur Ryan DFC (pilot)
Jean-Paul Lacaille (pilot)
Léopold Brochu DFC (pilot)
Desjardins (Mid-upper gunner)
Gilles Gilbert Boulanger DFC (rear gunner)
Joseph Édouard Flavien Jean DFC (pilot)
JEAN, P/O Joseph Edouard Flavien (J85358) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Saint-Phamphile, Quebec; home at L’Islet, Quebec; enlisted Quebec, 17 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1944.
This officer is a pilot of exceptional skill who has completed a very successful tour of operations over enemy territory. In March 1944 he and his crew were detailed to bomb Berlin. While over the target anti-aircraft fire became very heavy, visibility was poor and the weather stormy. Despite severe damage from the anti-aircraft fire, Pilot Officer Jean pressed home a very successful attack. On the return flight severe ground fire was once again encountered over Brussels. The rear gunner was wounded and further damage done to the aircraft. With great determination and courage, however, Pilot Officer Jean flew it safely back to base. This officer has displayed exceptional gallantry, ability and resolution throughout his whole operational tour.
Now there is story behing Joseph Édouard Flavien Jean DFC.