Une photo, une histoire…

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F/O J. Ryan of  425 Squadron standing in front of his
Halifax « Nobody’s Baby »

C’est une photo prise sur le site de Richard Koval.

En voici une autre.

Kallal on Website of Richard Koval

F/O J. Kallal DFC, navigator with 425 Squadron, standing
in front of a Halifax III at Tholthorpe

Nous retrouvons ces deux aviateurs dans la collection de Réal St-Amour. Ici on reconnaît le visage de Ryan, dernière rangée à gauche. Un visage qui en dit long selon moi sur ce que cet aviateur pensait de cette guerre.

Hache Brochu Dargis

collection Réal St-Amour

Celle-là ensuite avec un aviateur tout sourire… pour la caméra.

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collection Réal St-Amour

Au début, j’avais enregistré cette photo sous le nom two airmen…, mais à force de regarder de plus près j’ai reconnu le navigateur Kallal dont j’avais parlé sur le blogue.

navigateur Kallal

À force de regarder la centaine de photos de Réal St-Amour, je découvre de plus en plus de nouveaux et d’anciens visages comme le Squadron Leader Palma Lionel Dupuis

Squadron Leader Dupuis après une opération

Squadron Leader Dupuis

collection Réal St-Amour

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Remembering

This is what this blog was all about when I started it in 2010.

So many people wanted to remember those who fought for freedom  and fought  against tyranny like Joseph Thomas Kallal who did and who came back.

17,000 young  Canadian airmen did not.

Halifax crash

I write so people can remember, and share what those who came back never talked about or said so little…

Georges Tremblay

Joseph  Thomas  Kallal  with his crew might have been part of those 17,000 young Canadians…

Click  here.

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Pilot – WO2 Paul-Nazaire Poirier RCAF (R/112271)

Remembering  by sharing…

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Collection  Rodolphe  Lafrenière  via André  Lafrenière  

Who remembers Joseph Thomas Kallal?

KALLAL, F/O Joseph Thomas (J28482) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1913 in Edmonton; home in Tofield, Alberta (farm labourer); enlisted Edmonton, 25 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than « completed…numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty. » DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 13 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (156 hours five minutes):

An outstanding navigator of a Halifax bomber and of exceptional ability, Flying Officer Kallal has recently completed a tour of operations over enemy territory. His crew have bombed successfully such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Kiel, Castrop-Rauxel, Wanne Eickel, Bottrop, Sterkrade and Dortmund.

Flying Officer Kallal has acted in fact, if not officially, as captain of his aircraft throughout his operational tour, and his capable leadership has inspired his crew with confidence. His skill, courage and constant determination to attack with absolute precision have set a fine example to the squadron and his efficiency as a navigator on more than one occasion has been responsible for saving the lives of the crew.

This officer has shown dogged determination and keenness at all times. His outstanding gallantry is worthy of high praise.

Pilot Officer Paul Nazaire Poirier

This is the pilot who flew Halifax LW412 on which sergeant Ronald T. Bailey was a flight engineer on July 7th, 1944.

Paul Nazaire Poirier

I found more information here.

POIRIER, P/O Paul Nazaire (J88835)

Distinguished Flying Cross
– No.425 Squadron
– Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.
Born 1921 in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island (farmer); enlisted Charlottetown, 20 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 2 August 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).
Commissioned 1944.

Award presented 10 March 1946.
No citation other than « completed…numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty. »

DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (180 hours 40 minutes).

This officer is an excellent operational pilot and captain of aircraft, whose gallantry in the face of enemy action has been outstanding.  On all the sorties in which he has participated, the primary target has been bombed successfully.

Pilot Officer Poirier has completed missions to major German objectives such as Hamburg, Kiel, Sterkrade, Dortmund and the Ruhr area; undeterred by opposition, he has pressed home his attacks regardless of the hazards encountered.

On all occasions, this officer has displayed determination and cool judgment.  His keenness and fine fighting spirit have set a praiseworthy example, and he is recommended for the « Non-Immediate » award of the « Distinguished Flying Cross ».

On the night of July 7th, 1944, Paul-Nazaire Poirier took off with 6 other airmen at 1955 from Tholthorpe:

F/O J.T. Kallal, navigator

F/O K. Franklin, W/AG (RAF)

Sgt J.I. Harnish B/A

Sgt D.L. Morash R/AG

Sgt G.J. Arksey MU/G

Sgt R.H. Bailey F/E (RAF)

All would come back to base safely at 0015.

Target was Caen « B »

Bomb load: 9 x 1,000 and 4 x 500 G.P. (general purpose bombs) dropped from 7,400 ft. at 2228 hrs in centre of yellow T.I’s. (target indicators)

Bomb bursts seen around them.

Fires and black smoke seen in T.A. (target area) also fires in Caen Town.

Master Bomber and Deputy clearly heard.

Good fighter cover. Concentrated attack.

About the pilot…

I found this on this Website.

Paul-Nazaire Fournier