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Ces photos proviennent de négatifs de films pris avec une caméra en 1942.

Il y 75 ans.

C’est la pure vérité!

Cliquez sur chacune des images pour agrandir.

Lest We Forget II

These pictures are from negatives from films taken with a camera in 1942.

75 years ago.

This is real!

Click on each image for a larger view.

All pictures are courtesy of Chantal Gaudreault, Gerard Pelletier’s niece.

I will tell you more later.

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No. 34 Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot / Camp Bouchard

Le Camp Bouchard

Nos ancêtres

On a peu de choses sur le Camp Bouchard sur Internet.

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No. 34 Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot / Camp Bouchard

Opened in August 1941 at St Therese, near Montreal, by Defence Industries Limited, a subsiduary of Canadian Industries Limited, to make munitions on behalf of the Canadian Government.  Officially known as Allied War Supplies Corporation Project 21, the camp was one of DIL’s premier shell-fitting centres. The complex consisted of 343 buildings over 6000 acres, including offices, shops dormatories, a hospital, assembly lines, a fire hall, a community centre and a power house, all supported by rail lines to transport raw and finished material.  Production ceased in 1945 with peace on the horizon.

In 1946, the centre was taken over by the Department of National Defence and turned over to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps (RCOC), beoming No. 4 Ordnance Ammunition Depot.  A year later, the depot was re-designated No…

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Je me souviens – I remember

Photo prise le 9 mars 1945

RCAF 425 Les Alouettes II

March 9, 1945.

We are at Tholthope.

Yetta, is an old reliable aircraft of the Alouette Squadron overseas, and is still going strong after 75 operations. A D.F.C.has been awarded by the ground crew.

The ground crews are from left to right:

First row:

LAC Paul Crevier, Montreal (2077 Dorion St.),
Sgt. Georges de Montigny, East Angus, P.Q.,
WO1 J.J. Deslauriers, of Montreal (Chambord St.),
Sgt. J.W. Desrosiers, St. Thomas, Ont. (15 Barwick)
LAC J.H. Prince, St. Boniface, Man. (378 Desautels St.)

Left to right on the stand:
LAC A.A. Goshgarian, of Galt, Ont. (27 McNaughton St.),
LAC Marcel Charbonneau, of Lévis (4 Botrel St.),
LAC Y Rouleau, of Montreal (6838 Chambord St.),
LAC Henri Benoit of Montreal (614 Louvain Ave.),
Cpl. Paul S. Clouthier of Vancouver, BC (2211 W. 10th Ave.),
LAC Marcel Renaud, of Montreal (10110 Lille St.)

This aircraft has completes all these sorties since the invasion…

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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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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.

Eugène Gagnon - portrait quand il était un cadet de l'air

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…

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