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    Default 425 Squadron - F/Lt Joseph R. Laporte

    Somebody can give me the names and positions of the crew members of F/Lt Joseph R. Laporte when his Halifax III PN172/KW-G from the 425 (Alouette) Squadron crashed during the night of 15-16/3/1945 near Gosselies. This pilot got a Bar to his D.F.C. for his action during this mission. All the crew bailed out, but one was killed (Sgt Joseph Arcand). Thanks for your help.

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    Default J. laporte 425 squadron

    Here is your answer.
    F/Lt J. Laporte RCAF and crew flying Halifax III PN-172 coded KW-G were hit by flak over
    the target, the damage was not serious. On the return flight they were attacked by an unidentified
    twin engined enemy aircraft. The nose was blown off, stbd inner caught fire and the fuselage.
    P/O Arcand, the flight engineer tried unsuccessfully to put the fire out. On the second pass the
    stbd outer was on fire and pieces started coming off the stbd wing and the crew was told to bail
    out.
    P/O J. Arcand RCAF flt/engineer
    F/O J. Rodrigue RCAF navigator
    F/O J. Foley RCAF bomb aimer
    W/O1 P. Lamontagne RCAF wireless operator
    F/Sgt J. Veronneau RCAF mid upper gunner
    F/Sgt J. St. Onge RCAF rear gunner
    All of the crew parachuted safely except the flight engineer who was found in the wreckage.

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    Default F/Lt Joseph R. Laporte

    Hi Richard,

    Once again many thanks for your help.

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    Régis

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    Default Laporte crew

    Although Richard beat me to the punch, I shall at least contribute what I acquired today.

    This crew reported to No.425 Squadron on 23 December 1944. The ORB gives only initials (and not complete ones in all cases). Personnel were:

    J6958 F/L Joseph Roland Serge Yvan LAPORTE - awarded DFC. Postwar served with No.438 (Auxiliary) Squadron, 2 October 1946 to 25 August 1948.

    J42771 F/O Joseph Achille Louis Philippe RODRIQUE - poswar RCAF service

    R164759 (later commissioned as J94969) Jacques Pacifiqe LAMONTAGNE

    J40677 F/O John Hilliard FOLEY - served in postwar RCAF; killed in a Harvard, 22 March 1949.

    Can 8166A (later commissioned as J94977) Flight Sergeant Joseph Rene Raymond ST.ONGE, a former Aero Engine Mechanic who had remustered to Air Gunner in November 1943.

    R253830 (later commissioned as J84932) Joseph Laurent VERONNEAU

    R177470 (commissioned as J94671) Sergeant Joseph Jules Rodrique ARCAND (killed)

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    Default Laporte crew

    Many thanks, Hugh, for the additional information. It seems the French Canadians liked the first name Joseph, because there were five in this crew of seven !

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    Régis

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