My visit to Bromptonville’s War Memorial

My visit to Bromptonville’s War Memorial

I never thought I would meet Wilbrod Nadeau there last November.

As usual I took pictures. It was not the first time I had visited Marcel Bergeron, and not the first time we had visited the memorial.

I have learned a lot about World War Two  since 2009 when I started writing about it, first with the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07. I simply got curious when my wife’s uncle dropped that name in a family reunion. I could never be 100% sure he was aboard that ship, but I don’t see why he would make up such a story with enough details only a sailor aboard that ship would know.

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Getting back to Wilbrod Nadeau…

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This is a picture of the Bromptonville War Memorial.

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Wilbrod Nadeau’s name is on it. His surname is Brunelle on the memorial. Wilbrod Nadeau was an orphan. His father died in the 1920s and his mother died of apprendicitis in the 1930s. I believe some children were adopted by the Brunelle family. I’m sure Wilbrod Nadeau was adopted by the Brunelles because Marcel Bergeron told me so.

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Un banal accident?

On sait maintenant ce qui s’est passé le 6 mai 1944 au-dessus de Bangor-is-y-Coed dans le Flintshire au pays de Galles.

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Wilbrod pilotait un Spitfire. Le rapport parle d’un Spitfire Mk V et une autre source parle d’un Spitfire Mk Ia.

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Spitfire Mk Ia

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Spitfire Mk V

Source de ces dessins

C’est ici dans le cimetière de Chester que le Warrant Officer Second Class Wilbrod Nadeau repose en paix depuis 1944.

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Avec la permission de Stanley Murphy

Vingt-quatre ans, c’est jeune pour mourir.

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Wilbrod Nadeau (1919-1944)

Wilbrod Nadeau est un autre de ces oubliés de l’histoire de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Il est né à Weedon le 25 septembre 1919. Weedon, c’est là que Tibé Gagnon est né justement.

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Eugène Gagnon DFC (1921-1947)

Pourquoi tant écrire sur des inconnus qui ont combattu durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale? Peut-être parce qu’on a beaucoup trop écrit sur d’autres qui ne méritaient pas autant d’éloges.

Eugène Gagnon s’est illustré durant le Deuxième Guerre mondiale avec ses 33 missions de nuit sur Mosquito. Il a été décoré de la DFC.

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On ne peut en dire autant de Joseph Irénée Wilbrod Alarie Nadeau qui n’a jamais fait de missions, mais ça ne me dérange guère de vous parler…

Le sort de Wilbrod Nadeau en a aussi intéressé d’autres.

May 6th 1944, “During the flying two aircraft from Montford Bridge, Spitfire R6602, pilot F/O Mare George Rivet (J25402) Royal Canadian Air Force, and Spitfire X4821, pilot R135189 W/O Joseph Irenee Wilbrod Nadeau, Royal Canadian Air Force, collided at 12,000ft while engaged in battle formation. F/O Rivet baled out successfully, but W/O Nadeau went down with his aircraft was killed.”

    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

Mark,
I was researching J.W.Nadeau when I stumbled on this post. Recently came across some wreckage on the side of a small mountain in Quebec and subsequent investigation determined that it was the remains of a Harvard trainer that suffered Class A damage December 23,1942 while on a training flight out of St. Hubert. Nadeau was the Pupil Pilot, walked away without injury. Flying Officer J.R. Cronk, J13469 was the Instructor, slightly injured. I was curious about what happened to these two and this post has supplied me with part of the answer. I’ve found nothing on Cronk.

Derek.

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Wilbrod Nadeau, je l’ai croisé cet automne en allant voir Marcel Bergeron à Bromptonville. Marcel m’a dit vendredi dernier qu’il avait bien connu Wilbrod Nadeau tout comme son frère Robert. Marcel m’a même dit que Robert était plus petit que Wilbrod. Je lui ai répliqué que Wilbrod faisait 5 pieds 3…

Vous êtes curieux ou curieuse d’en apprendre plus n’est-ce pas? Moi c’est la curiosité qui m’anime depuis 2009 sur Souvenirs de guerre.

On se repogne avec mon 657e billet sur Souvenirs de guerre

Si vous trouvez que j’écris trop sur le devoir de mémoire, allez visiter ce site.

A Freak Accident?

We now know what happened on May 6th, 1944 over Bangor-is-y-Coed in Flintshire County in Wales.

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Warrant Officer Second Class Wilbrod Nadeau was flying a Spitfire. The report says he was flying a Spitfire Mk V, but another source says it was a Spitfire Mk Ia.

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Spitfire Mk Ia

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Spitfire Mk V

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This is Chester Cemetery where Warrant Officer Second Class Wilbrod Nadeau has been resting in peace since 1944 far from his family in Quebec.

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Courtesy Stanley Murphy

Wilbrod was 24 years-old. That’s much too young to die.

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Wilbrod Nadeau (1919-1944)

Wilbrod Nadeau is another young man who history books written about World War Two forgot. Wilbrod was born in Weedon on September 25th, 1919. Weedon, in the province of Quebec, was the same little town where Tibé Gagnon was born.

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Eugène Gagnon DFC (1921-1947)

Why have I been writing so much since 2009 about strangers who fought in World War Two? Maybe because others have written so much about some who did so little in the war and don’t deserve that much recognition after all.

Eugène Gagnon flew 33 night operations on a Mosquito over German airfields, and received a DFC in 1945.

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Eugene survived the war, but died in a plane crash on October 21st, 1947.

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Joseph Irénée Wilbrod Alarie Nadeau never flew on an operation. He never had the chance to do so, but that’s beside the point isn’t?…

I found out that what happened to Wilbrod Nadeau got some people curious also.


May 6th 1944, “During the flying two aircraft from Montford Bridge, Spitfire R6602, pilot F/O Mare George Rivet (J25402) Royal Canadian Air Force, and Spitfire X4821, pilot R135189 W/O Joseph Irenee Wilbrod Nadeau, Royal Canadian Air Force, collided at 12,000ft while engaged in battle formation. F/O Rivet baled out successfully, but W/O Nadeau went down with his aircraft was killed.”

Alan Clark

Peak District Air Accident Research

http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/


 

Mark,
I was researching J.W.Nadeau when I stumbled on this post. Recently came across some wreckage on the side of a small mountain in Quebec and subsequent investigation determined that it was the remains of a Harvard trainer that suffered Class A damage December 23,1942 while on a training flight out of St. Hubert. Nadeau was the Pupil Pilot, walked away without injury. Flying Officer J.R. Cronk, J13469 was the Instructor, slightly injured. I was curious about what happened to these two and this post has supplied me with part of the answer. I’ve found nothing on Cronk.

Derek.

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Without knowing it, I crossed path with Wilbrod Nadeau last October when I went to see Marcel Bergeron in Bromptonville. Marcel told me last Friday that he knew Wilbrod Nadeau and his brother Robert. Marcel even told me Robert was smaller than Wilbrod. To this I quicky answered back that Wilbrod was 5 foot 3…

If you are curious to learn more about Wilbrod Nadeau, then stay tuned. Being curious is what led me in 2009 to start writing this blog Souvenirs de guerre.

I will be seeing you next time with my 657th post. If you think I write too much about whom history forgot, then pay a little visit to this Website.

Marcel Bergeron’s Duty to Remember

I phoned Marcel Bergeron Friday night to talk about Wilbrod Nadeau who I had called Wilfrid on my blog on November 11th, 2010.

I should have double-checked what I had written back then…

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Wilbrod! not Wilfrid… I told you Wilbrod!

Marcel was not angry. He just has a quick wit and a dry sense of humour. I have to say I am a bit like Marcel when we start remembering how we met in 2010.

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Marcel was the one who led me to write about Tibé Gagnon in 2010.

Eugène Gagnon

I created a blog especially for Eugene who was with RAF 23 Squadron.

Together with Jacques Gagnon, who is Eugène Gagnon’s nephew, we had honored his uncle who died in a plane crash on October 21, 1947. We did so through my blogs for almost 6 years until finally Eugene Gagnon was honored on November 11th, 2016 by the National Assembly of Quebec and the Société St-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal.

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Invitation of the SSJB of Montréal

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Medal which Jacques Gagnon is holding

When people listened to the presentation we could hear how people were impressed by Eugene’s 33 operations over Germany in the dark of night over German airfields.

Getting back to Wilbrod, I finally found a lot of information on the crash.

May 6th 1944, “During the flying two aircraft from Montford Bridge, Spitfire R6602, pilot F/O Mare George Rivet (J25402) Royal Canadian Air Force, and Spitfire X4821, pilot R135189 W/O Joseph Irenee Wilbrod Nadeau, Royal Canadian Air Force, collided at 12,000ft while engaged in battle formation. F/O Rivet baled out successfully, but W/O Nadeau went down with his aircraft was killed.”

Alan Clark

Peak District Air Accident Research

http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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Mark,
I was researching J.W.Nadeau when I stumbled on this post. Recently came across some wreckage on the side of a small mountain in Quebec and subsequent investigation determined that it was the remains of a Harvard trainer that suffered Class A damage December 23,1942 while on a training flight out of St. Hubert. Nadeau was the Pupil Pilot, walked away without injury. Flying Officer J.R. Cronk, J13469 was the Instructor, slightly injured. I was curious about what happened to these two and this post has supplied me with part of the answer. I’ve found nothing on Cronk.

Derek.

As Marcel always says after our phone conversations…

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On se repogne!*

* On se repogne! could be translated by we’ll get together again.

Le devoir de mémoire de Marcel Bergeron

J’ai appelé Marcel vendredi soir pour lui parler de Wilbrod Nadeau, celui que j’avais appelé Wilfrid sur mon blogue le 11 novembre 2010.

J’aurais dû me relire…

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Wilbrod! pas Wilfrid… Je t’ai dit Wilbrod!

Marcel n’était pas fâché après moi. Il est juste un pince-sans-rire*. Il faut dire aussi que je ne laisse pas ma place quand Marcel et moi on se rappelle nos souvenirs de guerre en 2010.

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C’est Marcel qui m’avait fait connaître Tibé Gagnon en 2010.

Ensemble, avec Jacques Gagnon, le neveu d’Eugène, nous avons honoré seuls sa mémoire pendant près de six ans pour finalement le voir honorer le 11 novembre 2016 par l’Assemblée nationale du Québec.

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Invitation de la SSJB de Montréal

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Médaille tenue par Jacques Gagnon

Pour revenir sur Wilbrod, j’ai finalement trouvé dans un forum plein d’information sur le crash.

May 6th 1944, “During the flying two aircraft from Montford Bridge, Spitfire R6602, pilot F/O Mare George Rivet (J25402) Royal Canadian Air Force, and Spitfire X4821, pilot R135189 W/O Joseph Irenee Wilbrod Nadeau, Royal Canadian Air Force, collided at 12,000ft while engaged in battle formation. F/O Rivet baled out successfully, but W/O Nadeau went down with his aircraft was killed.”

Alan Clark

Peak District Air Accident Research

http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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Mark,
I was researching J.W.Nadeau when I stumbled on this post. Recently came across some wreckage on the side of a small mountain in Quebec and subsequent investigation determined that it was the remains of a Harvard trainer that suffered Class A damage December 23,1942 while on a training flight out of St. Hubert. Nadeau was the Pupil Pilot, walked away without injury. Flying Officer J.R. Cronk, J13469 was the Instructor, slightly injured. I was curious about what happened to these two and this post has supplied me with part of the answer. I’ve found nothing on Cronk.

Derek.

Comme me dit souvent Marcel…

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On se repogne!

* L’humour pince-sans-rire est une forme particulière d’humour, caractérisée notamment par l’air sérieux de la personne qui en fait preuve. Ce genre d’humour tient de l’ironie. Il est parfois difficile de déterminer si une personne fait ou non de l’ironie ou si elle est sérieuse, ce qui peut entraîner des quiproquos.

Wilbrod Nadeau, 1920-1944

Écrit en 2010…

On a maintenant sa photo.

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Souvenirs de guerre

En ce jour du Souvenir…

À la mémoire de
Sous-officier breveté de 2e classe
JOSEPH IRENÉE WILBROD ALARIE  NADEAU
décédé le 6 mai 1944

Service militaire :

Numéro matricule : R/135189
Âge : 24
Force : Aviation militaire
Unité :  Aviation royale du Canada

Renseignements supplémentaires :

Fils de J. Arthur et Valentine Nadeau.

Informations sur le lieu d’inhumation :

Cimetière :
CIMETIÈRE DE CHESTER (BLACON)
Cheshire, Royaume-Uni

Marcel Bergeron, dont le héros a été durant son adolescence Eugène Gagnon, m’a dit qu’un autre pilote venait de Bromptonville.

Il m’a parlé de Wilfrid Nadeau. Wilfrid se serait tué dans un accident d’avion en Angleterre.

On n’en sait pas tellement plus sur lui, mais, en fait, on en sait maintenant beaucoup plus que sur beaucoup d’aviateurs, de marins et de soldats qui sont allés se battre outre-mer et qui sont tombés dans l’oubli.

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In Memoriam John Leonard Greaves (1964-2017)

J’écris moins sur Souvenirs de guerre depuis quelques mois. Je suis beaucoup plus actif sur mes autres blogues. Dans mes recherches sur l’escadrille américaine VF(N)-101 j’avais trouvé un site Internet plutôt cette semaine.

C’était un site en anglais sur la bataille de Midway dont voici le lien…

http://www.midway42.org/Default.aspx

Une image m’avait frappé, celle d’un tableau et l’histoire derrière celui-ci. Je me disais que je devais la lire.

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All paintings © John Greaves Art (used by permission)

Voici l’histoire.

http://www.johngreavesart.ca/earnest.htm

The only survivor of a flight of six TBF Avenger torpedo planes struggles to return home to Midway Atoll after attacking the Japanese fleet. Flown by ENS Albert Earnest with radioman Harry Ferrier RM3c and turret gunner Jay Manning Sea1c, the badly damaged TBF has hydraulics shot out causing the tail wheel to drop and the bomb bay doors to open. Without a working compass, Earnest flew east towards the sun and climbed above the cloud deck where he could see the column of smoke rising from Midway in the far distance. Earnest managed to bring back the TBF using only the elevator trim tab for altitude control and successfully landed. Manning died in his turret and Earnest and Ferrier were wounded.

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Le seul bombardier-torpilleur d’un vol de six TBF Avenger peine à revenir à sa base située sur l’atoll de Midway Atoll après avoir attaqué la flotte japonaise. Piloté par l’enseigne Albert Earnest avec comme sans-filiste Harry Ferrier RM3c et le mitrailleur Jay Manning Sea1c, le Grumman Avenger est lourdement endommagé. Le système hydraulique est hors d’usage ce qui explique que la roue arrière soit descendue et que les portes de la soute à bombes soient ouvertes. Sans compas pour le guider, le pilote Earnest vole vers l’est en suivant le soleil et grimpe au-dessus des nuages où il peut apercevoir à l’horizon la colonne de fumée s’élevant de Midway. Earnest réussira à ramener  le TBF en utilisant seulement le tab de profondeur pour contrôler l’altitude et finalement atterrir. Manning mourra dans sa tourelle tandis que Earnest et Ferrier s’en tireront avec des blessures.

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Il y a une autre histoire à cette histoire.

J’ai écrit hier à John Greaves pour avoir la permission d’utiliser les images de ses tableaux  dans un de mes blogues qui rend hommage à des pilotes américains de l’escadrille VF(N)-101.

Mais je ne m’attendais pas du tout à ceci quand son épouse m’a écrit au lieu de son mari…

GREAVES, John Leonard

John Greaves died unexpectedly and peacefully at home on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Airdrie, AB at the age of 52 years. John is lovingly remembered by his wife Janet, and their 2 daughters; Emma and Katy of Airdrie, his parents; Len and Eleanor, brother; Stewart of Abbotsford, B.C., Janet’s sister; Sandra (Sam) Hamilton and family of Saskatoon, SK. John was born in Calgary, AB on September 1, 1964. John and his family moved to B.C. prior to John and his brother starting school, eventually settling in Abbotsford where John attended Abby Jr and Sr High School. John attended Fraser Valley College where he pursued his passion in Art, then went on to further study in graphic arts and business at BCIT. A Memorial Service will be held at Aridrie Alliance church, 1604 Summerfield Blvd, Airdrie, AB., on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:30, with a reception to follow. Sandy Isfeld and Nathan Kliewer will be officiating, please join us in Celebrating John’s Life In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 240, 2323 – 32 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3.

Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.myalternatives.ca.

La source est ici…

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Les oeuvres de John Greaves sont reproduites ici sur ce blogue avec la permission spéciale de sa conjointe Janet…

I give you permission to use his paintings in the two blogs you mentioned, with credit given to my beloved John, who had a passion for history and art.
Thanks.
Janet Greaves

La source de ses oeuvres se trouve ici:

http://www.midway42.org/ShowPage.aspx?Page=http://www.johngreavesart.ca/

À la mémoire de John Leonard Greaves (1964-2017)

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Toutes les peintures © John Greaves Art (avec la permission de Janet Greaves)