Ronald Hanson Welsh était navigateur tout comme Albert Dugal. Les deux sont sur l’image de cette découpure de journal de la collection de Jacques Desjardins.
collection Jacques Desjardins
Jacques Desjardins a rendu un vibrant hommage à son oncle Albert mort pour la patrie en 1943. Albert vivait au 105, rue Laurier à Montréal. Il venait tout juste de se marier avant d’aller se joindre aux Alouettes à Dishforth.
Je ne connais pas grand chose de Ronald Welsh, seulement ce que j’ai trouvé sur Internet. Mon hommage sera donc bref…
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Ronald Hanson Welsh
21 janvier 1943
Service militaire :
- Numéro matricule : R/79382
- Force : Aviation militaire
- Unité : Aviation royale du Canada
- Division : 420 Squadron
Renseignements additionnels :
- Cimetière : MÉMORIAL DE RUNNYMEDE; Surrey, United Kingdom
Information tiré du site de Richard Koval
January 21/22, 1943
Fifteen Halifaxes from 408 and 419 Squadrons were joined by 27 Wellingtons from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427 and 429 Squadrons on a mining operation to the Frisian islands. The crews were over the garden at between 400 and 1,000 feet sowing 76@1500 lb mines.
Five crews from 408 Squadron departed base at between 17:00 and 17:06, they were over the garden at between 18:42 and 19:25, returning to base at between 21:03 and 22:32.
F/Sgt J. Harty and crew, flying Halifax II DT-674 coded EQ-A, were hit by flak in the wings, the damage was not serious.
Sgt E. Sirett and crew, flying Halifax II HR-656 coded EQ-S, had the port inner quit on the return flight and over base lost the starboard inner due to oil leaks. A good landing was made on 2 engines.
Ten crews from 419 Squadron departed base at between 16:47 and 16:56, they were over the garden at between 19:00 and 19:25, returning to base at between 21:05 and 22:19.
F/Sgt R. Goddard and crew flying Halifax II DT-629 coded VR-V returned early at 20:28 as the radio, gee box and front turret were u/s.
Three crews from 420 Squadron departed base at between 17:08 and 17:10, they were over the garden at between 19:04 and 19:21, returning to base at between 21:51 and 22:24.
F/Sgt S. Gergly RCAF and crew from 420 Squadron, flying Wellington III BJ-966 coded PT-R, failed to return.
F/O E. Kendel RCAF 2nd Pilot
F/Sgt R. Welsh RCAF Navigator
W/O2 C. Hollingshead RCAF Bomb Aimer
Sgt A. Olson RCAF Wireless Op
Sgt C. Dunphy RCAF Rear gunner
They were lost without a trace.
Six crews from 424 Squadron departed base at between 17:00 and 17:04, they were over the garden at Nectarines II at between 18:45 and 19:28, returning to base at between 21:17 and 22:40.
P/O L. Brown and crew flying Wellington III X-3789 coded QB-N were attacked twice by enemy fighters and once by a flak ship. The crew evaded and returned safely to base.
Three crews from 425 Squadron departed base at between 16:55 and 16:56, returning at between 20:57 and 22:12.
Eight crews from 426 Squadron departed base at between 16:48 and 16:54, they were over the garden at between 18:51 and 19:17, returning at between 21:32 and 23:46.
Sgt G. Baker and crew, flying Wellington III Z-1599 coded OW-M, were hit by flak. There wre many holes in the fuselage and rear turret. Hydraulics were also u/s, but the crew returned safely to base.
Sgt G. McMenemy and crew, flying Wellington III BJ-762 coded OW-O, had the starboard undercarriage fold on landing. The aircraft was severely damaged but the crew was unhurt.
S/Ldr L. Crooks and crew, flying Wellington III X-3699 coded OW-Q, landed safely at Topcliffe on return.
Five crews from 427 Squadron departed base at between 17:10 and 17:04, returning 22:14 and 22:39.
Sgt G. Vandekerchkove and crew, flying Wellington III BK-268 coded ZL-C, returned at 00:07 without dropping their mines, as they could not find the pinpoint.
F/Lt D. Shead RAF and crew, flying Wellington III X-3873 coded ZL-R, failed to return.
P/O G. Hoyt RCAF Naivgator
P/O M. Patrick RCAF Bomb Aimer
P/O W. Oram RAF Wireless Op
Sgt J. Sparling RCAF Rear GunnerThey were lost without a trace.
Three crews from 429 Squadron departed base at between 16:55 and 16:58, they were over the garden at 19:53, returning to base at 20:57.
Sgt S. Hanan and crew, flying Wellington III BK-499 coded AL-J, returned without mining at 21:11 as they were attacked by a flak ship before getting to the mining area and then could not find the pin point.
F/O I. Johnson RNZAF and crew, flying Wellington III BK-432 coded AL-S, failed to return.
Sgt C. Risingham RAF Navigator
P/O I. Stirton RAF Bomb Aimer
Sgt A. Dymick RAF Wireless Op
Sgt J. Stuart RAF Rear GunnerThey were hit by flak and crashed into the sea, there were no survivors.