Who Remembers « Tush » Laviolette?

« Tush » was Pilot Officer Joseph Alexandre Laviolette’s nickname.

Tush Laviolette

Who remembers this airman?

Probably not many people anymore. « Tush » made the news on April 2nd 1944 in La Patrie, a newspaper in Quebec.

La Patrie 199-04-02a

Warrant Officer J.-A. Laviolette, wireless/air gunner, from Dalhousie (N.-B.), a member of the famous « Alouettes » Squadron, is pictured here beside his « Halifax »bomber.

Kind of keeping the morale with people at home with all the bad news coming from the front.

I have changed the picture on the newspaper article.

A kind of a sad reminder…

La Patrie 199-04-02b

La Patrie 1944-04-02

P/O Joseph Alexandre Laviolette, J/19970, of Dalhousie, N.B., was the WAG in Norval Hodges « Casey » Jones’s crew.
On their 4th operation, target Berlin, 25 March 1944, aboard Halifax KW-C, (shown on the picture), all the crew members perished when their bomber crashed at the mouth of the Elbe River. Three crew members were buried in Germany. Laviolette’s body as well as the body of three others were never found.
On the same operation…

Sgt V. Lacaille and F/Sgt V. Irvine from 425 Squadron returned to base as their port outers were u/s. They both landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O J. Taylor returned early as the rear turret was u/s.
P/O L. Renaud RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW425 coded KW-V, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt J. Nutman RAF
F/O J. Brazeau RCAF
P/O M. Boyer RCAF
P/O R. Hanks RCAF
P/O C. Turner RCAF
P/O J. Huot RCAF

All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

P/O N. Jones RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW428 coded KW-C, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt G. Mabbott RAF
P/O M. Latornell RCAF
P/O M. McLeod RCAF
P/O J. Laviolette RCAF
P/O J. Bouchard RCAF
P/O J. Tracey RCAF

All were killed. (Source Richard Koval’s Website)

25 March 1944!

Tush was already dead when the newspaper hit the stand on April 2nd 1944…

Publicités

Qui se souvient de… « Tush » Laviolette?

Tush c’était le surnom de Joseph Alexandre Laviolette.

Tush Laviolette

Qui se souvient de cet aviateur dont la photo  s’est retrouvée  dans l’édition  de La Patrie du 2 avril  1944?

La Patrie 199-04-02a

Le sous-officier breveté J.-A. Laviolette, radiotélégraphiste-mitrailleur, de Dalhousie (N.-B.), un membre de la fameuse escadrille des « Alouettes », est ici photographié à côté de son bombardier « Halifax »

La Patrie 199-04-02b

La Patrie 1944-04-02

2 avril 1944…
Le P/O (Pilot Officer) Joseph Alexandre Laviolette, J/19970, de Dalhousie, N.B., était le WAG de l’équipage de Norval Hodges « Casey » Jones. 
 
Sauf que  le 25 mars 1944 l‘équipage de « Casey » Jones en était à sa 4e mission, destination Berlin, à bord du Halifax KW-C, le même appareil que sur la photo.
Tush Laviolette
Le KW-C s’écrasa à l’embouchure du fleuve Elbe.
Tous périrent. 
Trois membres d’équipage furent inhumés en Allemagne mais le corps de Laviolette ainsi que ceux de trois autres de ses compagnons ne furent jamais retrouvés.

Lors de la même opération du 25 mars 1944… (source  site de Richard Koval)

Sgt V. Lacaille and F/Sgt V. Irvine from 425 Squadron returned to base as their port outers were u/s. They both landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O J. Taylor returned early as the rear turret was u/s.
P/O L. Renaud RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW425 coded KW-V, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt J. Nutman RAF
F/O J. Brazeau RCAF
P/O M. Boyer RCAF
P/O R. Hanks RCAF
P/O C. Turner RCAF
P/O J. Huot RCAF

All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

P/O N. Jones RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LW428 coded KW-C, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt G. Mabbott RAF
P/O M. Latornell RCAF
P/O M. McLeod RCAF
P/O J. Laviolette RCAF
P/O J. Bouchard RCAF
P/O J. Tracey RCAF

All were killed.

Qui se souvenait de « Tush » Laviolette?

Réal  St-Amour  se souvenait  de « Tush » Laviolette et de plusieurs autres Alouettes.

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Qui se souvient du sans-filiste Jean Dulude?

Qui se souvient? est une série d’articles qui veut rendre hommage à tous les aviateurs et membres du personnel au sol de l’escadrille Alouette. Il me reste énormément de documentation pour écrire encore longtemps sur cette escadrille dont j’ignorais l’existence en 2010.

J’écris pour se souvenir de ceux qui ne sont jamais revenus…

Larry Dubois

et aussi se souvenir de tous ceux qui ont eu la chance de revenir.

le retour

Qui se souvient du sans-filiste Jean Dulude?

Un membre de sa famille qui m’avait écrit et qui me permet maintenant de vous en parler, car Jean Dulude n’en a jamais parlé…

Bonjour, je suis à la recherche d’une photo ou d’une mention, texte au sujet de mon oncle Jean Dulude (natif de Montréal) qui a fait partie de l’escadrille Alouettes. Il est aujourd’hui décédé bien sûr. Il n’a jamais voulu nous parler de son expérience… Il ne reste plus rien et j’espérais retrouver des infos à son sujet au moment où il a servi. Je sais seulement qu’il avait été blessé. Ces hommes, il ne faut pas les oublier. Merci de votre aide.

« Ces hommes, il ne faut pas les oublier. »

Jean Dulude était le sans-filiste de l’équipage de Lucien Marcotte. Lucien Marcotte je le connais de nom seulement. Il était le meilleur ami de Tony Brassard.

collection Antoine "Tony" Brassard

Tony Brassard

Tony, Lucien Marcotte et Jean Dulude durent se côtoyer un peu à la base de Tholthorpe.

Voici une photo de Lucien Marcotte DFC prise en 1949 avec son navigateur Reynald Poirier DFC.

PL-48306 1949-11-25

12 septembre 1944

La vie de Jean Dulude a basculé cet après-midi de septembre 1944.

Jean Dulude en était à sa 13e mission et sans le savoir à sa dernière.

Missions - Jean Dulude 1

Liste des 13 missions

Il fut gravement blessé par l’explosion d’un obus de 88 mm près de Schermbeck, en Allemagne dans l’après-midi du 12 septembre 1944.

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Source Internet

1944-09 ORB - Page 02

Rapport d’opérations

1944-09 - Missions  2395-2400

Rapport d’opérations

Puisque le poste de sans-filiste de Jean Dulude était juste au-dessous de celui du pilote Lucien Marcotte, celui-ci l’échappa belle.

L’équipage avant dans un Handley Page Halifax était assez tassé merci…

Halifax crew

Archives

Le pilote était juste au-dessus du sans-filiste.

Wirelesse Operator

Archives

En avant se trouvaient le navigateur et le bomb aimer. En arrière du pilote on avait l’ingénieur de bord.

different positions in a Handley-Page Halifax

Archives

Un équipage bien soudée dans tous les sens du terme.

Le sans-filiste ne voyait pas grand chose. Pas important car il était concentré à recevoir les messages codés de la base…

Wirelesse Operator Station

Source Internet

 

Le mitrailleur arrière A. T. J. Tremblay, R/207983, fut aussi blessé lors de cette mission. Ni l’un ni l’autre ne reviendra à l’escadrille 425. Le 23 novembre 1944, ils furent mutés à Linton-on-Ouse, 62 RCAF Base, (N.E. Sick), en état de maladie prolongée. Au début de l’année 1945, ils furent rapatriés au Canada.

Revoici la photo de Jean Dulude à son arrivée à Lachine. On est le 30 avril 1945. Tous les membres de sa famille et sa petite amie sont heureux de le voir en vie.

LA PATRIE 1945-04-30_04

L’équipage Lucien Marcotte quant à elle accomplit 18 autres missions pour compléter leur « tour ». Jean Dulude fut remplaçé par Paul Bourdages pour les 14 dernières missions de ce « tour ».

Jean Dulude n’a  probablement que très  peu  parlé  de  ses états  de  service  dans l’Aviation  royale canadienne. C’est  bien  connu, les vétérans  parlent  peu…

Je demande si Jean Dulude a revu ses vieux copains à l’hôtel Windsor le 16 novembre 1946?

1946-11-16 - Hôtel Windsor

Recherche

?

17 décembre 2015 – Bomber Group 6

C’est comme  ça  que j’avais  commencé  ma recherche  en 2010 sur Laurent  Dubois.

Le site  de Richard  Koval.

Extrait du site de Richard Koval

Une seule référence qui rappelle l’écrasement d’un Halifax

December 18, 1944

188 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 Squadrons were joined by 42 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 Squadrons on an attack at Duisberg. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 21,000 feet, releasing 1,636,000 lbs of high explosives and 258,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, severe damage was caused.

408 Squadron

F/Lt A. Scheelar, F/O H. Sokoloff, F/O E. Finch, S/Ldr H. Reeves, F/Lt E. Mowatt, F/O S. Dean, F/Lt R. Gall, F/O R. Armitage, P/O L. Case, and F/O R. Bowhay from 408 Squadron landed at Fulbeck on return due to poor weather at base.
W/Cdr F. Sharp landed at Tempsford on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O C. Pitu landed at Benson on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt H. Bracken landed at Balderton on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O W. Dunwoodie landed at Winthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O W. Tunis landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.

415 Squadron

F/Lt J. Northrup from 415 Squadron returned early as he was sick.
F/O A. Cruikshank was hit by flak, not serious.
F/Lt C. Thompson had the port outer u/s on return. They landed safely at Waddington on 3 engines.
F/O S. Mooers was hit by flak, there were holes in the elevators. They landed at Skellingthorpe on return.
F/O D. Falconer landed at Wigsley on return due poor weather at base.
F/O J. Tims, F/O J. Britt, F/Lt T. Mears, and F/O G. Grier landed at Waddington on return due to poor weather at base.
W/O1 J. McKenzie landed at Litchfield on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O W. Goodwin and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-456 coded 6U-P, were attacked by an unidentified aircraft, there was no damage. They landed at Gamston on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O S. McFadden landed at Bottesford on return due to poor weather at base.

419 Squadron

F/O F. Dawson and F/Lt H. Collard from 419 Squadron landed at Swinderby on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt H. Cave, F/O G. Tedford, F/O C. Williams, F/O F. How, F/O W. Osborn, F/Lt W. Armstrong, F/Lt J. Anderson, and F/O T. Cowtan landed at Metheringham on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt A. Warner landed at Abington on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt D. Hunter landed at West Raynham on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt J. Barlow landed at Westcott on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt J. Watts landed at Barkston Heath on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt A. Halkett and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-732 coded VR-X, were attacked by an unidentified single engine aircraft, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Barford St. John on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt H. Collard and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-746 coded VR-S, were attacked by an ME-110, there was no claim or damage, although some strikes were seen. They landed at Swinderby on return due to poor weather at base.

420 squadron

F/Lt V. Glover from 420 squadron returned early as the throttle linkage on the port outer was broken.
F/Lt F. McCarthy did not bomb as they could not get the bomb doors opened.
F/Lt H. Ledingham and crew, flying Halifax III NR-123 coded PT-F, were attacked by an unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Bardney on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O C. Reid, F/O G. Haslop, P/O R. MacMillan, F/Lt D. Buchanan, F/O S. Young, F/O J. Bonner, F/O J. A. Sefton, F/O R. Field, and S/Ldr V. Motherwell landed at Bardney on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O W. MacDonald landed at Winthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O O. Austenson landed at Tholthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.

F/O D. Saunders from 424 Squadron bombed flak positions as they were late taking off. They landed at Hethal on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O A. Mackie was attacked by an enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Elsham Wolds on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O C. Walker and crew, flying Halifax III LW-194 coded QB-W, were attacked by an unidentified single engine enemy aircraft, many strikes were seen and it dove to the ground. It was claimed destroyed. They landed at Coningsby on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O D. Sanders, F/Lt J. Thomas, F/O H. Taylor, F/Lt E. Smith, F/O H. Mitchell, F/O K. MacDonald, F/Lt C. Lundeen, and F/Lt R. Green landed at Coningsby on return due to poor weather at base.
W/Cdr C. Marshall and F/O W. Beckett landed at Ford on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O C. Moir and F/Lt D. Ross landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.

425 Squadron

Sgt J. Cauchy from 425 Squadron returned early as one engine was u/s. They landed safely at Linton on Ouse on 3 engines.
F/O G. Lareau returned early as they could not raise the under carriage.
F/Lt J. Belanger, F/O J. Sicotte, F/O J. MacHale, and F/Lt T. MacKinnon landed at East Kirkby on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O W. Corbett landed at Thurleigh on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O G. Chabot had the oxygen system u/s on return. They landed at Stanton Harcourt.
F/O J. Bellinger landed at Bovington on return due to poor weather at base.

F/O J. Desmarais RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-538 coded KW-V, crashed shortly after takeoff.

P/O J. Blackburn RAF
F/O J. Bernier RCAF
P/O J. Labrecque RCAF
P/O J. Dubois RCAF
F/Sgt J. Paradis RCAF
F/Sgt J. Lariviere RCAF
P/O R. Gauthier RCAF
All were killed.

426 Squadron

F/Lt C. Fyfe and crew from 426 Squadron, flying Halifax VII NP-737 coded OW-Z, were attacked 3 times by an ME-110, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Swinderby on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt J. Baillie landed at Horsham St. Faith on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O C. Selfe, F/O J. Lowe, F/O J. Wadleigh, F/O A. Hutchins, F/O M. Casselman, F/O W. Kent, S/Ldr R. Cowans, and F/Lt I. Emerson landed at Winthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O R. Swift landed at Ford on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O G. Fidler landed at Market Harborough on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O R. Fuller and F/Lt J. Kirkpatrick landed at Balderton on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O L. Deryckere and crew, flying Halifax III NA-202 coded OW-A, were attacked by an FW-190, some strikes were seen on the nose of the FW-190. They landed at Betteswell on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O T. Layman RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax VII LW-209 coded OW-Y, failed to return from this operation.

F/Sgt J. Hoyle RAF
F/O G. Law RAF–POW
F/O J. Mahoney RCAF–POW
F/O E. Fox RCAF
F/Sgt H. Campbell RCAF–POW
F/Sgt W. Downey RCAF–POW
2 crew were killed and 5 POWs after being shot down by flak.

427 Squadron

F/O R. Gould from 427 Squadron returned early as the compasses were u/s. They landed at Skipton on Swale.
F/Lt E. Shaw and crew, flying Halifax III NP-956 coded ZL-J, were attacked by an ME-210, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Spilsby on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O R. McKenney landed at Poddington due to poor weather at base.
F/O G. Tegerdine, F/O E. Mayo, P/O D. Murray, F/Lt D. Hepburn, F/O T. Wagar, F/O J. Smart, W/Cdr C. Carling-Kelly, F/Lt W. Walker, and F/O P. Millard landed at Spilsby on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O W. Wilson, S/Ldr M. Gall, F/O W. Britton, and F/O I. Thomson landed at Bury St. Edmonds on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt J. Murphy landed at Silverstone on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O J. Mulholland landed at Gaydon on retrun due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt W. Brittain landed at East Kirkby on return due to poor weather at base.

428 Squadron

F/O N. Noel from 428 Squadron landed at Horham on return due to poor weather at base.
W/O2 L. Read, W/Cdr A. Hull, F/O B. Miller, S/Ldr M. Ferguson, F/Lt G. Quinn, F/O R. Anderson, F/O V. Gaskin, F/Lt J. Goldie, F/O E. Page, F/O E. Peacock, and F/O G. Pearce landed at Great Massingham on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt K. Ellson landed at Snitterfield on return due to poor weather at base.

429 Squadron

F/Lt P. Robb from 429 Squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s. They landed at East Moor.
F/O I. Benson and crew, flying Halifax III NR-197, were attacked twice by an ME-410, there was no claim or damage, although some strikes were seen. They landed at Strubby on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O C. Lee and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-318 coded AL-F, were attacked by an FW-190, it was hit in the nose and claimed damaged. They landed at Strubby on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O A. Cook landed at Hurn on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O W. Thomas, F/O A. M. MacDonald, F/O F. Biddell, F/Lt D. Walkey, F/Lt D. Magee, F/Lt R. Kingsland, P/O W. Fikis, F/Lt R. Charlton, F/O J. Rowe, S/Ldr H. Peterson, F/Lt H. MacDonald, and F/Lt E. Jarvis landed at Strubby on return due to poor weather at base.

F/Lt R. Tonnellier, F/Lt J. Henry, F/O B. Kaplansky, P/O A. Pitzek, F/O G. McNeill, P/O W. Weitendorf, F/Lt D. Borland, P/O D. Rombough, F/O J. Morton, F/Lt B. Adilman, and F/O G. Kercher from 431 Squadron landed at West Raynham on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O J. Duggan landed at Upwood on return due to poor weather at base.
S/Ldr H. Kay landed at Syerston on return due to poor weather at base.

432 Squadron

F/Lt E. Hayes and crew from 432 Squadron, flying Halifax VII NP-705 coded QO-Y, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Skellingthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt L. Kropf, F/O A. Clarke, F/O J. Mills, F/O L. Loppe, F/O C. Hemming, F/O N. Patterson, F/O A. Bews, F/O G. Barron, F/Lt W. Miller, and F/O A. Potter landed at Skellingthorpe on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O J. Hamilton landed at Hurn on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O G. Peaker landed at Fulbeck on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O F. Baxter landed at Manston on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O M. Krakowsky RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-699 coded QO-O, was involved in a mid air collision over Belgium with LV-810 from 10 squadron.

P/O M. Boylan RAF
F/O R. Cann RCAF
F/O G. Wilson RCAF
P/O A. Blayney RCAF
P/O S. Zadorozny RCAF
P/O J. Green RCAF
Only the pilot survived.
F/O D. McKinnon RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-701 coded QO-G, failed to return from this operation.

F/Sgt A. Eccleston RAF
F/O D. Hitchcock RCAF
F/O G. March RCAF
P/O E. Harvey RCAF
P/O E. Farrell RCAF
Sgt J. Harvey RCAF
Only the rear gunner and pilot survived.

433 Squadron

F/O W. Simpson from 433 Squadron landed at Doncaster on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt D. McGrath landed at Ossington on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O R. Bertran, F/Lt D. Rogers, F/Lt L. Allatt, F/O S. McKellar, P/O W. Jensen, and F/O A. Strelchuk landed at Metheringham on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O R. Simpson and F/Lt E. Barsby landed at East Moor on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt N. Mara landed at Binbrook on return due to poor weather at base.

434 Squadron

F/O I. Andres and crew from 434 Squadron, flying Halifax III NP-961 coded WL-N, were attacked by an FW-190, there was no claim or damage. They landed at Little Snoring on return due to poor weather at base.
F/O J. Wagman and crew, flying Halifax III NR-124 coded WL-X, were attacked by an ME-109, the gunners fired 700 rounds and it went down in flames. They landed at Little Snoring on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt T. Coghlan landed at Northolt on return due to poor weather at base.
P/O R. Telford, S/Ldr D. Boyle, F/O C. Alger, F/O M. Isenberg, F/O C. Chapman, F/O G. Munroe, and F/Lt A. Kiehlbauch landed at Little Snoring on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt J. Parrott RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III NR-118 coded WL-U, failed to return from this operation.

P/O L. Janzen RCAF
F/O S. Pearce RCAF
P/O A. Kurtzhals RCAF
P/O H. Brown RCAF
W/O2 A. Divitcoff RCAF
W/O2 G. Olafsen RCAF
6 crew were killed and one bailed out over allied territory.

J’avais  alors décidé  de pousser  plus loin ma recherche…

1944-12-18 Desmarais crew

Cherche et trouve… Laurent a trouvé son père

Laurent a trouvé son père…

Jacques Lamontagne hôtel Windsor

Et j’ai tout trouvé sur la carrière dans l’aviation de Jacques P. Lamontagne quand son fils Laurent a partagé les souvenirs de guerre de son père avec moi.

Ce diaporama nécessite JavaScript.

Encore plus, car il a aussi partagé son logbook!

 19 missions dont une où son Halifax fut abattu par un chasseur de nuit.

Jacques Lamontagne 047

Une histoire à suivre à la suite des souvenirs de guerre de Julien Guilbeault.

Then the radio transmitter two feet in front of him suddely smashed into his face

J’aurais dû inclure ces photos avec le texte précédent.

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C’est le poste de travail du Wireless Air Gunner à bord d’un Halifax. C’était situé sous le poste de pilotage et derrière le poste du navigateur. Les photos furent prise dans une vraie carlingue de Halifax au Imperial War Museum à Londres en 2012. Un peu de “literary license” fut utilisé… Le seul détail manquant est le rideau qui cachait la fenêtre lors des vols de nuit.

Par contre on comprend mieux la phrase: “then the radio transmitter two feet in front of him suddely smashed into his face…”