24 novembre 1944

Mon ami Richard m’avait envoyé  ceci…

La Presse 1944-11-28

Il y a 70 ans, Jean-Paul Michaud revenait au Canada en compagnie de 549 autres aviateurs… pilote, bomb aimer, sans-filiste, mitrailleur, navigateur.

Une chance sur trois de revenir selon les statistiques.

Trois chances sur trois de revivre dans ses cauchemars toutes ses missions.

Jean-Paul Michaud n’a pas reçu de DFC comme les trois autres aviateurs sur la photo: Pierre Turenne de Saint-Pierre au Manitoba, Jean Rivard de La Tuque au Québec et Normand Brousseau du Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec.

Je ne connais pas les deux premiers, mais je connais le troisième.

1943-02-28 Dishforth - crash

Je me demande si Normand Brousseau DFC a raconté ses souvenirs de guerre ?


Le navigateur de Norm Brousseau – J. H. Moreau

Voici des documents d’archives concernant le navigateur de Norm Brousseau.

1943-02-28 Dishforth - crash

La LibertВ 1941-10-22_05b

La Presse 1943-07-10_cahier 01

Né à Pointe-Claire en 1916, Joseph Hubert Moreau grandit au Manitoba. En 1921 sa famille était à St-Boniface.  Par la suite, ils vécurent à St-Norbert, petit village au sud de Winnipeg, sur la rive gauche de la Rivière Rouge.
1921 census - St-Boniface MB
Il s’enrôla en 1941. Au début de l’année 1943 il se trouvait à Dishforth, navigateur de l’équipage Normand Brousseau.  Il compléta son “tour” le 03 août 1943 à Kairouan.
Après la guerre, il étudia la dentisterie à McGill et gradua en 1952. 

McGill University Yearbook 1952

Il était alors marié et père de quatre enfants.  En 1953, il s’établit à Victoria, Colombie Britannique où il semble avoir demeurer jusqu’à son décès en 2003.

Times Colonist  [Victoria, B.C] 26 July 2003: E.1. MOREAU — Dr. Joseph Hubert died peacefully on July 23, 2003 at 7:30 pm after several days spent in joyful anticipation of meeting his Lord, surrounded by his loved ones.  He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary, his eleven children and their spouses, 30 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and his sisters Marielle Paquin and Madeleine (Hugh) McMeel. His children are Mary-Lu Lorenson, Yvonne (Paul) Kennedy, Jerry (Susan) Moreau, Jeannine Moreau (Frank Van Zandwijk), Daniel (Mary) Moreau, Joseph (Lynn) Moreau, Jacques (Sandra) Moreau, Suzanne Moreau (Todd Nakazawa), Lise (Kevin) O’Reilly, Philippe (Michaela) Moreau, and Rev. Paul Moreau L.C.

Joseph was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec in 1916 and grew up in St. Norbert, Manitoba. He was an original employee of Kleyson Transport, driving trucks from the age of 17. He served in the Alouettes squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II as a navigator from 1941, stationed in North Africa and England. He returned in 1944 to marry and to begin post- secondary studies, obtaining a Doctor of Dental Surgery from McGill University in 1953, by which time he and Mary had six children.

The family moved to Victoria in 1953, where Joseph established a flourishing dental practice and five more children arrived. He was well-known for his gold work, using his artistry to make people comfortable. After retirement in 1984, he hardly slowed down, driving night and day for Oak Bay Volunteers and making pallets from scrap lumber in his workshop. He was a longstanding member of St. Patrick’s Parish, where he was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, and is well remembered by parishioners who attend daily Mass there, for his faithful presence and his long chats afterward. Joseph’s last months were spent at Oak Bay Lodge, where, in March, he had the joy to hear Mass said by his youngest child, Paul, ordained a priest in Rome on December 24, 2002. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Church at 2060 Haultain Street at 12:10 PM on July 29, 2003.

Jerry Moreau – 40 missions

Voici ce qu’on retrouve sur le site Airforce. ca à propos de Norm Brousseau.

Navigator – Sgt J H Moreau RCAF (Possibly Gerald or Jerry Moreau RCAF);

Est-ce le même navigateur qui a survécu à l’écrasement du Wellington?

crash Wellington Fontaine

Mais non finalement.

Au début, je pensais que oui.

Voici l’avis de décès de Joseph Gérard Arthur MOREAU, un navigateur du 425 Alouette.

Joseph Gerard Arthur MOREAU
Prénom : Joseph Gerard Arthur
Date de décès : 2000-05-31
Paru le : 2000-06-03
Mère :
Conjoint(e)(s) : Elizabeth –

MOREAU Joseph-Gerard-Arthur (Jerry), born September 27, 1921, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2000. Lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 13 years, Elizabeth; son David; three daughters, Margaret, Bethany, Vivian; grandchildren, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Jennifer, Andre, Larissa, Ceileidh, Elizabeth; as well as two sisters, Gertrude, Edwilda; and two brothers, Eugene and Lucien. Jerry served in the RCAF in WW II, and received the DFC. He was a navigator on a Halifax with 425 Alouettes. He was an enterprising and hard working businessman. He was a proud father and grandfather. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 6, 2000 at 1:30 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly, 21277 – 56th Ave., Langley, BC (by airport). Cremation.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the care staff at Rosewood Extended Care Hospital. Henderson’s Langley (604) 530-6488.

Jerry Moreau a aussi reçu une DFC, ce qui nous pemet d’en savoir un petit peu plus sur ce navigateur…

MOREAU, F/O Joseph Gerard Arthur (J90558)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.425 Squadron

– Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.

Born 27 September 1921 in North Bay, Ontario; home there (acid operator); enlisted in Toronto, 25 August 1942. To No.1 Manning Depot, 18 September 1942. To No.14 SFTS (guard duty), 23 November 1942. To No.6 ITS, 6 March 1943; graduated and promoted LAC, 28 May 1943; to No.1 AOS, 12 June 1943; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 29 October 1943.

To “Y” Depot, 12 November 1943; taken on strength of No.3 PRC, Bournemouth, 23 November 1943. Commissioned 9 October 1944. Promoted Flying Officer, 9 April 1945. Repatriated 14 May 1945. To No.1 Air Command, 27 May 1945. To No.14 SFTS, 27 June 1945. To No.4 Release Centre, 27 July 1945. Released 3 August 1945.

Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949 when living in Prince George. Died in Langley, British Columbia, 28 May 2000.

In September 1944, this officer was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in the Ruhr Valley. Before the target was reached on of the engines failed, causing the aircraft to lose height considerably. Despite this, Flying Officer Moreau, with great determination and skill, successfully navigated the aircraft to the target through heavy anti-aircraft fire. The mission was completed and the crew made a safe return to base. This officer, on all operations, has shown courage and outstanding devotion to duty.

DHH file 181.009 D.2618 (Library and Archives Canada RG.24 Volume 20627) has recommendation drafted 18 April 1945 by W/C Hugh Ledoux; he had then flown 40 sorties (225 hours 15 minutes). Submission as follows:

10 September 1944 – Le Havre (4.30)
11 September 1944 – Castrop Rauxel (5.25)
12 September 1944 – Wanne Eickel (5.00)
13 September 1944 – Osnabruck (4.25)
15 September 1944 – Kiel (4.40, duty not carried out)
17 September 1944 – Boulogne (4.00)
6 October 1944 – Dortmund (2.15, duty not carried out)
9 October 1944 – Bochum (6.40)
12 October 1944 – Wanne Eickel (5.25)
14 October 1944 – Duisburg (5.40)
15 October 1944 – Wilhelmshaven (5.00)
23 October 1944 – Essen (5.55)
25 October 1944 – Homburg (5.15)
28 October 1944 – Cologne (5.45)
30 October 1944 – Cologne (6.05)
1 November 1944 – Oberhausen (5.55)
2 November 1944 – Dusseldorf (3.25, duty not carried out)
4 November 1944 – Bochum (5.20)
6 November 1944 – Gelsenkirchen (5.25)
18 November 1944 – Julich (6.35)
4 December 1944 – Karlsruhe (6.45)
5 December 1944 – Soest (6.45)
6 December 1944 – Osnabruck (1.40, duty not carried out)
18 December 1944 – Duisburg (3.00, duty not carried out)
24 December 1944 – Dusseldorf (4.40)
29 December 1944 – Trois Dorf (6.45)
30 December 1944 – Cologne (6.40)
6 January 1945 – Hanau (7.00)
1 February 1945 – Mainz (6.35)
2 February 1945 – Wanne Eickel (6.25)
4 February 1945 – Osterfeld (6.05)
7 February 1945 – Goch (6.20)
9 February 1945 – Wanne Eickel (6.35)
13 February 1945 – Bohlen Leipzig (7.55)
17 February 1945 – Wesel (7.00)
20 February 1945 – Monheim (7.00)
23 February 1945 – Essen (6.10)
27 February 1945 – Mainz (6.50)
1 March 1945 – Mannheim (7.05)

On September 11th, 1944, the crew of which Pilot Officer Moreau is navigator was detailed to carry out a daylight raid on Castrop-Rauxel in the Rhur Valley, Germany.

Before reaching the target, trouble developed in the starboard outer engine. The pilot had to feather it. As a result of this, height was lost and air speed could be maintained with the greatest difficulty. Despite the loss of one engine, the crew carried on to the target through heavy and predicted flak barrages which resulted in the aircraft being completely riddled.

Pilot Officer Moreau navigated the crippled aircraft to the target with precision and bombed most successfully. On the return journey, the bomber stream was lost due to the decreased speed, but the base was reached with no further incident.

Throughout his forty sorties over enemy territory, Pilot Officer Moreau has shown a keen devotion to duty and an unshakeable determination to drive home a successful attack. His outstanding example is worthy of emulation and high praise. I therefore strongly recommend that this officer’s gallantry be recognized by the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


40 missions!

On ne mentionne pas celle de l’écrasement du Wellington le 1er mars 1943.

Pas surprenant car ce navigateur n’est pas le même, car il n’arrive en Angleterre que le 23 novembre 1943.

To “Y” Depot, 12 November 1943; taken on strength of No.3 PRC, Bournemouth, 23 November 1943.

Il faut toujours vérifier ses sources, mais ça vous le savez déjà si vous lisez ce blogue.

Trouvé sur le site de Richard Koval

Une petite mine d’or que le site de Richard Koval.

L’équipage de Norm!

Cliquez ici pour être redirigé sur le site de Richard Koval.

On retrouve ceci comme vignette.

The J. Brousseau Crew of 425 Squadron.

Left to Right: F/Sgt F. Rowen, Wireless Op; Sgt J. Moreau, Navigator; Sgt J. Brousseau, Pilot;
F/O D. Hodgetts, Bomb Aimer; Sgt H. Marceau, Rear Gunner.

Photo (image number PL-15998) supplied by Canadian Forces Imagery Unit

On a aussi une information ici qui vient contredire, en partie seulement, une information retrouvée sur le site Airforce. ca, celle du navigateur J. Moreau.

Navigator – Sgt J H Moreau RCAF (Possibly Gerald or Jerry Moreau RCAF);

February 28/March 1, 1943

21 Halifaxes from 408 and 419 Squadrons were joined by 64 Wellingtons from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, and 429 Squadrons on an attack of the docks at St. Nazaire. The crews were over the target at between 12,000 and 20,000 feet, releasing 175,000 lbs of high explosives and 148,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports there was serious damage to the dock area and portions of the town.

On retrouve ceci plus bas sur la page.

Sgt J. Brousseau RCAF and crew from 425 Squadron, flying Wellington III BJ-918 coded KW-F, crashed on takeoff after the stbd engine lost power. 

      Sgt. J. Moreau, RCAF
      Sgt. J. Fontaine, RCAF
      P/O D. Hodgetts, RCAF
      Sgt. H. Marceau, RCAF
      P/O T. Irwin, RCAF

The crew was not injured.

crash Wellington Fontaine

Ça on le sait, mais le Sgt J. Moreau n’est pas Jerry Moreau finalement comme dans la citation de Norm Brousseau.

On regarde ça ensemble la prochaine fois.