Roland Langlois DFC

LANGLOIS, F/L Roland Joseph Marie (J27240) -Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1917 in St.Moise, Matapedia, Quebec; home in Quebec; enlisted there 16 September 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949.

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In September 1944, Flight Lieutenant Langlois was detailed to attack an airfield in Holland. When nearing the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. A large piece of shell struck the casing of the port engine. Shortly afterwards the engine became useless. Some other damage had also been sustained but Flight Lieutenant Langlois continued to the target and executed a successful attack. This officer has completed many sorties and has displayed commendable skill and determination throughout.

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L’équipage de Roland Langlois. Photo prise en octobre 1944 devant le Halifax III, MZ-627 codé KW-C.
P/O W. Berry RCAF, Mid-upper gunner; P/O N. Cassady RAF, Flight engineer; F/Lt R. Langlois RCAF, pilote; F/O J. Gilbert RCAF, navigateur; F/O J. Jacques RCAF, Bomb aimer; P/O J. Jeannotte RCAF, sans-filiste; P/O D. Dubé RCAF, Rear gunner; P/O T. Kartonchick RCAF, Mid under gunner.

Devant l’équipage de gauche à droite sont les mécaniciens le LAC Frenette le caporal  Paillette et le LAC Pelletier.

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Dubé et Berry – mitrailleurs de l’équipage de Langlois

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Le Pilot Officer Donald Dubé, à gauche était originaire d’Edmunston au Nouveau-Brunswick. Il était le mitrailleur arrière. Le Pilot Officer Wilfrid Berry était le Mid-upper gunner. Il était de Central Butte en Saskatchewan.

Tous deux faisaient partie de l’équipage de Langlois. Wilfrid Berry est à gauche et Donald Dubé est le 2e à droite.

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Langlois est aussi sur cette photo qui se trouvait dans l’album de Réal St-Amour.

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Je crois reconnaître Jacques Côté également.

Alouettes août 1944 Jacques Côté

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L’équipage de Langlois

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The Langlois Crew of 425 Squadron at Tholthorpe in October 1944, standing in front of Halifax III, MZ-627 coded KW-C.
P/O W. Berry RCAF, Mid-upper gunner; P/O N. Cassady RAF, Flight engineer; F/Lt R. Langlois RCAF, Pilot; F/O J. Gilbert RCAF, Navigator; F/O J. Jacques RCAF, Bomb aimer; P/O J. Jeannotte RCAF, Wireless operator; P/O D. Dubé RCAF, Rear gunner; P/O T. Kartonchick RCAF, Mid under gunner.

Front row, from left to right, are the ground crew mechanics: LAC. Frenette; CPL. Cuillerier; LAC. Gilles Arteau

Photo graciously supplied by Rachel Dubé, daughter of P/O D. Dubé.

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F/Lt Roland Langlois RCAF, Pilot;

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P/O D. Donald Dubé RCAF, Rear gunner, d’Edmunston, Nouveau-Brunswick; P/O W. Wilfrid Berry RCAF, Mid-upper gunner, de Central Butte, Saskatchewan;

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One picture, ten airmen, ten stories

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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.

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Now there is story behing Joseph Édouard Flavien Jean DFC.

You can click here to read it.

Les visages de la peur…

Des vétérans m’en ont parlé souvent de la peur, mais ils m’ont dit de ne pas trop en parler.

Lack of moral fibre…

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La peur faisait partie de leur quotidien.

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Il faut donc se méfier des sourires sur une photo, pas seulement des vignettes.

Jacques Terroux, pilote, Pierre Gauthier, navigateur, François Bernier, bomb aimer, Maurice Bernier, WAG, Roland Langlois, pilote, et trois membres de son équipage, Josaphat Gilbert, navigateur, Charles Jacques, bomb aimer, et Aimé Jeannotte, WAG, ont tous vécu la peur.

En passant la vignette ne trompe pas…