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    Default Marc Brunelle, AFC, WOP/AG with 519 Squadron

    Does anyone have anything on the above, awarded the Air Force Cross for his role as radio operator when Fortress FK213 was shot at and damaged by allied shipping March 29, 1945?
    Thanks and regards:
    Robert

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    Hi Robert,

    A wise man on this board once told me I should look at this database first.

    Regards,

    Dave

    BRUNELLE, F/L Marc Fernand (J14821) - Air Force Cross - No.519 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Penetanguishene, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 18 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 January 1942), No.2 WS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942), and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Award presented in Toronto, 20 November 1949. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. Public Records Office Air 2/9144 identified unit and has recommendation; had flown 700 hours, 441 on current duties, 291 in six months previous to recommendation.

    This officer joined the squadron in May 1944. As wireless operator/air gunner in a Fortress aircraft engaged on long range meterological duties, Flight Lieutenant Brunelle has completed numerous sorties during the past twelve months. On a recent occasion, the aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Displaying great coolness, this crew member skilfully effected repairs to his wireless equipment and thus navigational assistance was obtained. Later, the electrical supply failed. Flight Lieutenant Brunelle used his skill to good purpose by effecting a further repair and bringing into use additional manually manipulated equipment, which he himself operated continuously for 90 minutes. This enabled certain ground stations to plot the damaged aircraft's position as it was slowly flown home. On another occasion, the aircraft in which this officer was flying was struck by lightning during a severe electrical storm. The fuselage was damaged. Although suffering from shock and burns, Flight Lieutenant Brunelle improvised an aerial, a task which necessitated his working in very low temperatures with no protection, thus aggravating the injuries he had already received. Nevertheless, his efforts contributed greatly to the safe return of the aircraft.
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    Many thanks, Dave. More than I could have hoped for!
    Regards:
    Robert

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