Well sort of…
This is the first thing I discovered about Eugène Gagnon.
Eugène Gagnon DFC
I found this on the Internet…
GAGNON, F/L Joseph Achille Eugene (J27002) –
Distinguished Flying Cross*
– No.23 Squadron
– Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.
Born 1921; home in Bromptonville, Quebec. Enlisted Montreal 7 February 1941. Commissioned 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 21 January 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942).
Since joining his squadron in December 1944, this officer has completed many sorties against a variety of targets. His determination has been outstanding and his persistent attacks on enemy locomotives, rolling stock and road transport have been most successful.
One night in March 1945, he was detailed on a minelaying mission in a section of the Elbe River. On the outward journey the starboard engine developed trouble but despite this he went on to accomplish his task in the face of heavy enemy fire. On the return journey the starboard engine became completely unserviceable. Height could not be maintained and the aircraft was forced down to 400 feet, becoming extremely difficult to control. Displaying brilliant airmanship and determination, Flight Lieutenant Gagnon made a successful landing at base without injury to his crew and with but slight damage to the aircraft. His devotion to duty has been most notable.
With that, I moved along.
Next time, I will tell you more about another hero…