Sometimes… It takes time

Got this reply from Mike…

Hello Pierre,
Yes, have details of his ops sorties between 1 Aug 44 and Sep 45, including award of DFC on 12 Apr 45 for his efforts shooting up trains and MT on 24/25 Mar 45. However, before I start listing all his exploits can I do a name check? You call him EUGENE Gagnon – in the Ops Log his initials are always J or J A and he is Canadian. There is also another guy – a Flt Lt E Lignon (Free French) – who could be a Eugene. Can you just confirm which one you want me to check?

I sent this to Mike…

With this…

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.

I just can’t wait…


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