Lucien Marcotte DFC et son bomb aimer Reynald Poirier DFC

Lucien Marcotte était le grand ami d’Antoine Brassard. C’est sa fille Danielle qui me l’avait dit en 2010.

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Si je me souviens bien, Antoine Brassard était aussi un grand ami de Jean-Marie Desmarais.

Jean-Marie Desmarais

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Antoine Brassard était en permission quand son ami est mort dans l’écrasement de son Halifax en décollant le 18 décembre 1944. Je reviendrai sur cet accident une prochaine fois…

Qu’en est-il de Lucien Marcotte, un autre ami d’Antoine Brassard. Lucien Marcotte a survécu à la guerre.

JLA Marcotte 1949

MARCOTTE, F/O Joseph Louis Albert Lucien (J86833) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1915 in Montreal; home there;enlisted there, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Medal presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

As captain and pilot of aircraft this officer has participated in very many operational missions and throughout has set a high standard of skill, determination and keenness. In September 1944 he piloted an aircraft in an attack on Wanne Eickel. Heavy and concentrated anti-aircraft fire was encountered over the target area and Flying Officer Marcotte’s aircraft was hit. The rear gunner and the wireless operator were wounded, the latter member seriously. Flying Officer Marcotte promptly directed another crew member to tend to the injured men and then coolly executed a successful bombing attack. He afterwards flew the aircraft to an airfield in this country in the shortest possible time so that the seriously wounded wireless operator could receive the urgent medical attention necessary to save his life. Flying Officer Marcotte has completed very many sorties and has invariably pressed home his attack with the greatest determination. He is a brave and devotion captain.

 

La citation de son bomb aimer Reynald Poirier…

JFLR Poirier 1949

POIRIER, P/O Joseph Foch Laurier Reynald (J90543) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1922 in St.Jean, Quebec; home in Montreal (cashier); enlisted there 25 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 15 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Award presented in Montreal 25 November 1949.

Pilot Officer Poirier has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. In August 1944 he was detailed for a mission over Bois de Cassan. Owing to poor visibility it was necessary to fly low over the target. Accurate and heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was hit many times , but with cool determination and efficiency this officer gave excellent directions to his captain and this mission was completed successfully. On another occasion Pilot Officer Poirier participated in an air/sea rescue operation. His excellent directions to his captain enabled the dinghy to be dropped so accurately that three minutes later the crew were all saved. At all times this officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

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Je me demande si l’aviateur à droite ne serait pas A. Lalonde, le mitrailleur d’Antoine Brassard?

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BRASSARD, F/L Joseph Antoine (J35310) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Home in Strickland, Ontario; enlisted Montreal, 10 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 Marcj 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Served in postwar RCAF. Award presented 5 June 1947.

Flight Lieutenant Brassard has completed many sorties against a variety of strongly defended targets. Throughout his tour of operational duty he has displayed skill and leadership of a high standard. One night in March 1945 he was detailed to attack Chemnitz. On the outward flight the port inner engine became troublesome but Flight Lieutenant Brassard continued his mission. When over enemy territory the hydraulic and inter-communication systems became unserviceable. Later the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Brassard was determined, if possible, to reach the target. After skilfully evading a fighter he went on to execute a good bombing attack and secure a photograph. In completing his mission successfully this officer displayed high qualities of skill and tenacity. He set a very fine example.

Louis Philippe Marius Robert Côté DFC

A Brunelle 1949

On écrit A. Brunelle dans une vignette, mais on écrit R. Côté dans l’autre. C’est le seul nom qui diffère.

Le Canada 1949-11-26v

Paul Brunelle était un pilote de chasse dans l’escadrille 414 de la RCAF.

Paul Brunelle

Sur la photo prise en novembre 1949 on ne voit d’ailes de pilote sur l’aviateur A. Brunelle. Ce n’est donc pas Paul Brunelle.

C’est plutôt le navigateur de l’équipage de Marcotte qui est sur cette photo.

Robert Côté

JLA Marcotte 1949

Une autre photo pour bien identifier son pilote: Joseph Louis Albert Lucien Marcotte au côté de son navigateur Joseph Foch Laurier Raynald Poirier…

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Le navigateur Poirier est aussi sur la fameuse photo de 1949.

JFLR Poirier 1949

Tout comme Roger St-Amour. Pas besoin  ici d’un petit dessin pour le reconnaître.

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Pour terminer, voici la citation du navigateur Robert Côté.

COTE, F/O Louis Philippe Marius Robert (J24917) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.

Home in Quebec City; enlisted there 18 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Award presented at Sea Island, 25 November 1949. No citation other than « in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy ». DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944, crediting him with 30 sorties (155 hours 55 minutes operational flying):

As navigator of a crew detailed to attack Wanne Eickel on September 12th 1944, this officer displayed great coolness and determination when he assisted in removing and administering first aid to both the WOP/AG and rear gunner who had been wounded by the fierce anti-aircraft fire. While on the bombing run he continued the WOP/AG’s duty of « windowing » and the aircraft delivered a telling attack. He was of great assistance to his pilot in bringing the flak-damaged aircraft to the nearest English aerodrome.

Throughout the numerous operational sorties in which this officer has participated, he has been consistently sound in his navigational duties. His accuracy and efficiency have been of unfailing assistance to his captain and even under the most adverse circumstances he has shown cheerful confidence and courage of the highest order. Flying Officer Cote has operated successfully against heavily defended targets such as Dortmund, Essen, Cologne and Dusseldorf. He also has completed a first tour of operations with a total of thirty sorties over enemy territory.

By his offensive spirit and keenness on operations, Flying Officer Cote has proven himself to be an outstanding member of this squadron.

En passant, je pense avoir trouvé l’identité de tous les autres aviateurs.

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