CHARBONNEAU, F/O Joseph Delphis Maurice Rene (J97585) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.419 Squadron – Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1922 in Montreal; home there (contractor); enlisted Montreal, 14 January 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 16 January 1942). Entitled to Africa Star. Presented with DFC, 25 November 1949.
This officer has participated in operations in the Middle East and over Germany. In March 1945, during an attack against Pforsheim, his aircraft was engaged by an enemy fighter. Flying Officer Charbonneau skilfully manipulated his guns and destroyed the enemy. On another occasion in March 1945, when returning from an attack on Hagen, his aircraft was shot down. This officer received injuries to his head and legs due to the aircraft catching fire and exploding before he was able to make his exit. Undeterred by this trying experience, Flying Officer Charbonneau resumed operational flying on recovery with undiminished enthusiasm.
Sa citation est fort intéressante, car elle nous indique qu’il a servi en Afrique avec l’escadrille 419. Maurice Charbonneau n’est donc pas un Alouette,
mais plutôt un Orignal!
Pas grave en soi, car ce blogue va bien au delà de la seule escadrille canadienne-française de la RCAF.
Vous pensez que j’écris trop sur l’escadrille Alouette?
Allez rendre une petite visite au site suivant (ce n’est pas le mien)…