Antoine (Tony Brassard) DFC and his crew

From the daughter of Antoine (Tony) Brassard DFC

From left to right (as described by my father in a letter sent to my mother)

Jean (Jonny) Bourque de Montréal, navigator. « Serious, thoughtful, calm and reasonable young man ».

R. Fuller of England, engineer. « Exceptionally my engineer was English, there was a shortage of French-Canadian engineers ».

Gérard (Jerry) Lalonde of Valleyfield, mid-upper gunner. « Very spiritual. He’s the one who makes us laugh ».

Georges (Blondy) Alarie de St-Jérome, Terrebonne, rear gunner. « Very young and very sensitive » ».

Antoine (Tony) Brassard of Strickland, Ontario, pilot and crew captain.

Philippe (Berny) Bernatchez from Baie-Comeau, bomb aimer. « He’s a very smart guy. He likes to tease a lot but gets caught up at his own game ».

Aimé Thievin from Saskatchewan, wireless. « He’s our handyman, he’s very handy. He works for five minutes on your bike and the next five minutes on your watch ».

4 réflexions sur “Antoine (Tony Brassard) DFC and his crew

  1. I believe I had the pleasure of speaking to Antoine (Tony) Brassard’s daughter a number of years ago.
    I traced her from her father’s entry in my Grand-parents visitors book.
    Tony, his crew member (Jerry) Lalonde and numerous other Allouettes spent some of their leave at my Grand-parent’s farm as part of the Lady Rider scheme.
    I have a number of un-named photographs and unconfirmed entries of visitors I would appreciate help confirming identies of.

    These aircrew are mainly Canadian with very high Alouette representation. But also Australian, New Zealanders, two Free French, One South African and an American. Plus a couple of WAAF companions much to the consternation of my Grandmother at the time. Some stayed once when they first arrived in country before OTU postings others multiple visits.

    • I sincerely ask that both of you will keep me in the loop. I have not been able to reach Danielle, and yet I’m sure she has an enormous amount to contribute to a history that is fading very quickly. As for your grandparents, my father Aime Thievin wrote in his journal about a visit he made with Tony Brassard to the Baker’s farm near Stowmarket and their wonderful hospitality. I have even written two or three times to strangers in England in an effort to locate the family of these people, never with success. Are these the same people who are your grandparents?

  2. I sincerely ask that both of you will keep me in the loop. I have not been able to reach Danielle, and yet I’m sure she has an enormous amount to contribute to a history that is fading very quickly. As for your grandparents, my father Aime Thievin wrote in his journal about a visit he made with Tony Brassard to the Baker’s farm near Stowmarket and their wonderful hospitality. I have even written two or three times to strangers in England in an effort to locate the family of these people, never with success. Are these the same people who are your grandparents?

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