November 9, 1941 – Paulson, Manitoba

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Remembering LAC Kenneth Edgar Heal…

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19 May, 1942 – No.9 B&G School, Mont-Joli, Quebec – Update of the crash scene

Chris Charland on Facebook added a few information about the crash scene.

The accident record cards noted that the aircraft was on a gunnery exercise when it crashed at high speed and burned five miles south-west of St. Eluce, P.Q. Pilot Officer Halamka was originally declared missing and believed killed. He had a total of 30 hours dual and 105 hours solo on the Fairey Battle. 

Chris

Then I got thinking five miles south-west of St.Eluce?

Salut Pierre – Lots of spelling mistakes on the accident records cards. St. Luce had no military affiliation during the Second World War according to ‘Abandoned Military Installions of Canada’ Volume 2 – Quebec. It is a highly researched series by Ottawa-based Paul Ozorak. Worth the money if you can find a used copy.

Chris

St. Eluce was a typo of course, but five miles south-west of St.Luce would put the crash in the St. Lawrence River!

So I read the crash report again.

Farmer’s field in Ste. Flavie Parish!

That made more sense to pinpoint where the crash scene was photographed on May 19, 1942.

 

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

 

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

 

19 May, 1942 – No.9 B&G School, Mont-Joli, Quebec

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

Category A

+ HALAMKA, P/O A.F. (Pilot)

+ ROOKE, Cpl C.J. – RCAF

+ SHAW, LAC I.J. – RAAF

+ WEAL, LAC K.G. – RNZAF

Battle Mk. I
Ex RAF L5207.
Serving at No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mt.-Joli, PQ at time of crash.
first date: 22 July 1941
last date: 3 July 1942
Taken on strength
Struck off, after Category A crash on 19 May 1942

 

Accident report

About the pilot (body never recovered)

About the accident (Rooke’s death certificate)

Clarence Rooke was a teacher before he enlisted.

About the other two airmen

Name: WEAL, KENNETH GEORGE
Initials: K G
Nationality: New Zealand
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force
Age: 19
Date of Death: 19/05/1942
Service No: 413287
Additional information: Son of Arthur Thomas Weal and Christina Weal, of Pukeatua, Auckland, New Zealand.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Lot 34. Grave 1.
Cemetery: METIS BEACH (UNITED CHURCH) CEMETERY

 

Name: SHAW, IRWIN JACK
Initials: I J
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Age: 27
Date of Death: 19/05/1942
Service No: 413494
Additional information: Son of John Henry and Emelie Shaw; husband of Kathleen Mary Shaw, of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Lot 34. Grave 2.
Cemetery: METIS BEACH (UNITED CHURCH) CEMETERY

Summer 1942 – No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mont-Joli, Quebec

Courtesy of Mark Cote whose father, Leonard E. J. Cote was a air gunner during World War Two.

More tomorrow.

On this photo, this is the information David Young added…

Fairey Battle S/N 1794 of the 9 B&GS at Mont Joli……

On the 4th July 1942, the Battle 1794 struck the airfields boundary fence during its take-off and the undercarriage sustained damage. During the subsequent landing the undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft was damaged further. Initially it was thought repairable but this was not confirmed and the aircraft was cannibalised for spares. The three crew members survived uninjured…..
(Clipped Wings Vol 2)

Unknown Pilot – Update

Four years ago I wrote this about someone whose photo was taken by Eugene Gagnon. I knew he had died in World War II.


From Eugène Gagnon’s collection.

This is not Eugène Gagnon. Only a name found at the back…

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Gilles Poudrette

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Gilles Poudrette

Only a name just like Eugène Gagnon was just a name back in 2010 when I started my research.

Just a name… 

I wonder who is Gilles Poudrette.

I wonder if this is Gilles Poudrette…

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In memory of
Leading Aircraftman

 JOSEPH GILLIES POUDRETTE

who died on October 23, 1943

Military Service:

  • Service Number: R/104609
  • Age: 21
  • Force: Air Force
  • Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Division: 432 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of Mr. and Mrs. O. Poudrette, of West Sherbrooke, Province of Quebec, Canada.

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Update 74 years later…

Gilles Poudrette was not a pilot but an airframe mechanic.

His record of service tells how he died in England.

Knights With Wings – A documentary about No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills

Found on this Website a few years ago.

Click on the image below to go to the Website, then once on the Website you will see this image…

Knights with Wings

Touch screen to begin.

Click on Pilots to view Knights with Wings.

PL-2050

 

 

4492 Fleet Finch

Finch II
Model 16B
first date: 26 June 1940 – Taken on strength
Category A damage on 22 May 1941 while with No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School at Windsor Mills, PQ.
last date: 11 July 1941 – Struck off

Source
http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_4450_4499_detailed.html