Une photo, une histoire…


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

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

two airmen 1

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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

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Lionel Palma Joseph Dupuis DFC

Le Squadron Leader Dupuis est à toute fin pratique inconnu sur les moteurs de recherche. Quand même dommage, car il est sur plusieurs photos de la collection de Réal St-Amour.

St-Amour et Dupuis.jpg

Lionel Palma Joseph Dupuis DFC was born in the province of Quebec (QC), son of Mr. and Mrs. George Dupuis and was living in Ottawa Ontario (ON) with his parents in 1939. Before he enlisted in the RCAF on September 19 1939, he had been attending the University of Ottawa. Dupuis received air crew instruction at training schools in Canada including Victoriaville, QC and graduated as a pilot, from No. 2 Service Flying Training School at Ottawa (Uplands) on October 23, 1942.

After arriving in Britain in January 1943, he was first stationed in North Africa with the Alouette Squadron, flying Wellington bombers. Soon after his arrival he was promoted to the rank of Pilot officer. After his return to Britain, Dupuis was flying Halifax and Lancaster bombers.

By September 15 1944 he had been promoted to flight lieutenant and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). His citation reads as follows: This officer is a skillful and devoted pilot. He has completed many sorties including attacks on Berlin, Essen and Stuttgart. The determination he has shown throughout his tour was well illustrated on his first sortie when detailed to attack Frankfurt. In the early stages of the outward flight some important navigation equipment became useless. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Dupuis continued to target and executed a successful attack. This officer is a most inspiring captain.

Later, Dupuis was promoted to Squadron Leader and placed in command of Alouette Squadron. Dupuis remained in the RCAF after the war and at one point was Commandant at College Militaire Royale, St-Jean QC. During WW2, Dupuis had three brothers who were serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.



Dupuis DFC

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