In memory of
JOSEPH ROSAIRE JEAN CHARLES LABRECQUE
who died on December 18, 1944
Service Number: J/88921
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 425 Sqdn.
Son of Dr. Rosaire Labrecque, and of Corinne Labrecque, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada. Dr. Rosaire Labrecque, the aviator’s father, died in 1931. I found this information on the Internet back in 2009 after I had posted my article about that airman.
Someone had the whole Labrecque’s family tree on his or her Website.
There was this picture…
The Labrecque family circa 1928
Jean Charles is in the back on the left…
In my search for more information on the Internet back in 2009 I found that you could buy Jean-Charles Labrecque’s medals in 1998...
Six. 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas clasp, War Medal, Memorial Cross (GVI). Memorial Cross named to P.O. J.R.J.C. LABRECQUE J88921.
Joseph Labrecque died, aged 28, while serving with 425 Sqn. His aircraft, Halifax III MZ-538 coded KW-V, piloted by F/O J. Desmarais RCAF, crashed shortly after takeoff on 18 December 1944, killing the entire crew, which included P/O J. Blackburn RAF, F/O J. Bernier RCAF, P/O J. Labrecque RCAF, P/O J. Dubois RCAF, F/Sgt J. Paradis RCAF, F/Sgt J. Lariviere RCAF, and P/O R. Gauthier RCAF.
The mission they were participating in involved 188 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 Squadrons, who were joined by 42 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 Squadrons on an attack at Duisberg. Medals are court-mounted.