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    Default Sgt J.F Vezina R/62799

    Hoping someone can clarify the following, on December 16/17th 1941 Sgt J.F Vezina crash landed his No.218 (B) Squadron Wellington on return from Brest. The F1180 accident card records this Canadian NCO pilot as R/62799. On checking "They Shall Grow Not Old " F/Sgt J.F.P Vezina R/62799 is recorded as a airgunner killed with No.419 RCAF Squadron February 12th 1942. ? Vezina of 218 squadron had completed 18 op's prior to his crash landing, after this crash he is not mentioned again, sadly there is "no posting out" details in 218 Squadrons ORB for this period.

    Can anyone please confirm that this is the same man. ?

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    Default F/S JFP Vezina

    G'day Steve

    This is verbatim from the Air Force casualty lists in a Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper on the 21st of February 1942.

    "Vezina, Joseph Fernand Paul, Flight Sergeant R62799; missing. Mrs. G. Vezina (sister) Shawinigan Falls, Quebec."

    http://collections.civilisations.ca/warclip/pages/warclip/ResultsList.php

    Then open this;

    http://collections.civilisations.ca/warclip/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=5016604

    Cheers...Chris

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    G'day Steve

    Supplemental to my previous post.

    You will find his verification of being killed in action below dated the 14th of October 1942.

    Cheers...Chris

    Subject : Royal Canadian Air Force, Casualties
    ategory : Canada : Air Force : casualties : October 1942

    http://collections.civilisations.ca/warclip/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=5016873

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    Default JFP. Vezina R-62799

    Hello Steve. Vezina WAS the pilot of Wellington III Z-1091 coded VR-A from 419 Squadron that went missing with out a trace while attacking German warships off the Dutch Coast. He must of been posted in when 419 was formed in Dec 1941 or shortly after. He flew an op on Jan 28,1942 to Boulogne, Jan 31,1942 to St. Nazaire, Feb 6,1943 to Brest and then went missing. This taken out of the ORB's.
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    Chris & Richard,

    Thank you both for your help and the links.

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    Default Wellington Z1091

    Can anyone comfirm the actual date of Vezina'a last mission? My notes showed Z1091 lost on 21/22 January 1942, which doesn't match the other info in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Walker View Post
    Can anyone comfirm the actual date of Vezina'a last mission? My notes showed Z1091 lost on 21/22 January 1942, which doesn't match the other info in this thread.

    Bill,

    I am sure that the date is correct, however I think the target is incorrect. From memory I think No.419(B) dispatched three Wellingtons led by the C/O Wing Commander Fulton to attack in daylight the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau steaming up the coast off Holland. Two a/c failed to return, one of which was Veniza. I maybe wrong on this, I am only on my fourth mug of black coffee.!
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    Gents,
    Wasn't the date 12th Feb 1942 ? Operation "Fuller". May have been lost over the North Sea probably off the Belgian coast.
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    Hi All
    Like Henk, Chorley Vol 3 has Vezina as the Capt of 419 Sqn Wellington Ic, Z1091, VR-A, lost without trace on 12 Feb '42 on Operation Fuller, the code name for operations against the German Capital Ships that broke out of Brest. The same date is given in Air Britain Z-Serials. Chorley Vol 2 also has the crash landing by Vezina on Dec 16/17 '41 in 218 Sqn Wellington Ic,X 9785, HA-O, at Holm Farm,4 mls N E of Bridport on return from an op to Brest. He does not give Vezina's initials nor that he was RCAF,for this incident. The crew baled out although 1 broke a leg.
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 28th May 2008 at 17:33.

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