This is the only information on Bruce’s father that I could find on the Internet last week as we start this journey into the past.
Date: 31 October 1942
Type: de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF Mk II
Owner/operator: 23 Squadron Royal Air Force (23 Sqn RAF)
Registration:DD691C/n / msn:
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: RAF station Bradwell Bay, Essex, England. – United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport: RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex
Destination airport: RAF Bradwell Bay
Mosquito DD691/O –
Take off 21:25 hrs
Intruder for Beauvais.
Returned with engine trouble.31.10.1942
Crew: F/Sgt (1066745) Robert Bruce MADGE (pilot) RAFVR – Ok
Sgt P.R. JAMES (nav.) RAFVR – Ok
ORB 23 Sqdn RAF
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For what I know Sgt. P.R. James was probably Robert Madge’s navigator for most of his operations.
If this is a fact Sgt. James could be also on this group picture, but according to Bruce Madge he can’t seem to find his father on his father’s group picture.
About that picture, Robert Madge can’t be the second airman in the back on the right. That pilot is Donald Bentley about whom I wrote a lot on this blog.
This brings me to reflect upon how this blog works.
And how to search for anyone who might have been related to 23 Squadron…
To be continued…
On November 11th, 2016, this medal was awarded posthumously to Joseph Achille Eugène Gagnon who flew 33 operations with RAF 23 Squadron.
Eugène Gagnon never received any recognition from his hometown of Bromptonville except when he died on October 21, 1947.
Early in 2016 I had received a phone call from Clément Gagnon, a man who was looking for veterans to honour with a medal given by l’Assemblée nationale du Québec. On November 11, 2016, Jacques Gagnon, Eugène’s nephew, received the medal from a member of the National Assembly of Quebec.
When Maxime Laporte, the President of the Société St-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal, mentioned the fact in his presentation of the medal that Eugène Gagnon had flown 33 night operations mostly over German airfields, murmurs were heard from the people attending the commemoration.
When Jacques Gagnon heard those, he felt a tremendous pride as well as a profound humility when he received the medal.
collection Ghislaine Laporte, Eugène’s fiancée
All the people who have visited this blog since April 2010.
collection Tom Cushing via Peter Smith
All the people who have visited this blog since April 2010, and found relatives who were associated with 23 Squadron like Paul Beaudet’s daughter.
collection Peter Smith
Paul Beaudet who was George Stewart’s navigator.
People who had never heard about this French-Canadian Mosquito pilot, immortalized with a caricature done by Pat Rooney.
Who remembers Donald Hepworth Bentley and Sergeant Causeway?
Theo Griffiths and his son-in-law who has shared all his step-father’s war souvenirs.
Rick Maude and Theo Griffiths
collection Theo Griffiths
collection Theo Griffiths
Nothing to write about unless you want to share a story and pictures related to 23 Squadron or any other squadrons who flew the Mosquito.
This blog started in 2010 to pay homage to one pilot.
Eugene Gagnon DFC
Born in Bromptonville, Quebec.
A town where most people forgot about him.
33 operations, most over Germany.
A town where most people forgot about him…
Except this man.
It did not stop there…
Reading just a post a day will take you almost one year.
On the right side you see this…