Pilot Officer Édouard Jean DFC

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Le Pilot Officer Édouard Jean, J85358, DFC arriva au mois de décembre 1943 à l’escadrille 426, Thunderbird, basée à RAF Linton-On-Ouse. Il compléta sa première mission en qualité de « second dickie » avec l’équipage de Logan le 5 janvier 1944, destination Stettin, un vol de 8 heures 34 minutes. À ce moment là, l’escadrille 426 volait sur Lancaster B II, équipé de moteurs en étoile (radial), Bristol Hercules.

Lancaster-BII

La 1ère mission de l’équipage Jean eut lieu le 30 janvier 1944, destination Berlin, un vol de 6 heures, 38 minutes.

Voici la chronologie de ses autres missions:

15-02-1944 Berlin
19-02-1944 Leipzig
20-02-1944 Stuttgart
24-02-1944 Schweinfurt
18-03-1944 Frankfurt
22-03-1944 Frankfurt
24-03-1944 Berlin –

Ses actions lors de cette mission qui dura 6 hrs et 47 min. lui mérita la DFC. Voici un extrait de son rapport lors du retour:

ORB 426 Sqn – mission A.918: “Hit by flak at 00:47 hours at point believed to be BRUSSELS causing slight damage to tail turret and rear gunner. Landed at COLTISHALL due to injury to R/Gunner and shortage of petrol. Navigation was extremely difficult. Navigator was sick for a time on outward journey and we got off course; after he recovered, winds were faulty and we were constantly South of track. »

30-03-1944 Nuremburg
10-04-1944 Laon, France marshalling yards

Au mois d’avril 1944, l’escadrille 426 se débarrassa de ses Lancaster BII et s’équipa de Halifax III, mais non sans problèmes.
13-04-1944 ORB 426 Squadron : « Three more Halifax III’s arrived from THOLTHORPE and EASTMOOR and conversion (training) has now commenced in earnest. Of the six aircraft received, five were u/s by 18:00 hrs. It was strongly suspected that the Squadrons turning over their aircraft to this Unit had passed on the ones which had given the most trouble from the serviceability standpoint. This is only natural but it is suggested that Equipment Section issue the transfer orders designating the aircraft by number rather than leaving the Squadron to select the aircraft they wish to get rid of. »

09-05-1944 Calais – Halifax III
12-05-1944 Louvain – Halifax III
19-05-1944 Merville/Franceville – Halifax III

22-05-1944

L’équipage Jean est transféré de l’escadrille 426, basée à Linton-On-Ouse à l’escadrille 425 Alouettes à Tholthorpe. Le même jour l’équipage du pilote Selfe quitte le 425 pour rejoindre l’escadrille 426 en échange de l’équipage Jean.

27-05-1944 Première mission de l’équipage Jean avec l’escadrille 425. Bourg Léopold
31-05-1944 Au Fêvre
21-06-1944 St-Martin-L’Hortier
23-06-1944 Bientques
24-06-1944 Barnières
01-07-1944 Biennais
05-07-1944 Biennais
06-07-1944 Coquereaux
15-07-1944 Nucourt
18-07-1944 Caen « A.1 » Front line
18-07-1944 Wesseling synthetic oil plant
20-07-1944 Ferme du Forestel
24-07-1944 Ferfay Constructional Works
30-07-1944 Amaye-sur-Seulles
31-07-1944 Oeuf-en-Ternois V-1 site
03-08-1944 Forêt de Nieppe V-1 site
14-08-1944 Bons-Tassily
15-08-1944 Brussels Melsbroek
19-08-1944 Connantre – rail yards
25-08-1944 Brest – Fort de Cornouaille – 32e et dernière mission.

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Pilot Officer Édouard Jean DFC, un héros silencieux…

One picture, ten airmen, ten stories

Hache Brochu Dargis

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Joseph  Arthur  Ryan  DFC (pilot)

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Jean-Paul Lacaille (pilot)

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Léopold Brochu DFC (pilot)

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Irvin (pilot)

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Dargis (pilot)

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Desjardins (Mid-upper gunner)

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Haché (pilot)

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Langlois (pilot)

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Gilles Gilbert Boulanger  DFC (rear gunner)

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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.

Source Airforce.ca

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