Eddy’s daughter found my articles and she told her father, Eddy Dubois, Larry’s brother. Eddy told me I could share his pictures of Larry with my readers.
Here are some pictures. Most are from his training days.
Eddy wrote me and gave me more info about Larry.
He was in the Royal Canadian Signal Corps when war broke out (militia not permanent).
I was the one who suggested he joined the RCAF. They accepted him and sent him by train to Guelph I believe. Then he was in Ottawa gassing planes. He then took a course in stores in St. Thomas and by this time they were looking for aircrew so he applied for WAG and got it.
They sent him out West I think, and when he graduated, he was posted to PEI on Ansons for submarine search. Summerside and Charlottetown.
He had a crash in an Anson and was nicknamed PANIC because of the SOS’s he sent out. They came down among some trees which tore off the wings.
He was there until they posted him overseas where he was in an English squadron (he had a crash there also) then he was posted to 425.
Start of flight training
Air orientation flight
somewhere in Canada
Larry is in a Tiger Moth, a trainer.
He sits behind pilot as radio operator.
His crew in Prince Edward Island
I have written to the Library and Archives Canada to get Larry’s records.
By the way, I found on the Internet that you can buy Jean-Charles Labrecque’s medals…
This is always hard for me to comprehend specially when he never worn them.
Six. 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas clasp, War Medal, Memorial Cross (GVI). Memorial Cross named to P.O. J.R.J.C. LABRECQUE J88921.
Jospeh Labrecque died, aged 28, while serving with 425 Sqn. His aircraft, Halifax III MZ-538 coded KW-V, piloted by F/O J. Desmarais RCAF, crashed shortly after takeoff on 18 December 1944, killing the entire crew, which included P/O J. Blackburn RAF, F/O J. Bernier RCAF, P/O J. Labrecque RCAF, P/O J. Dubois RCAF, F/Sgt J. Paradis RCAF, F/Sgt J. Lariviere RCAF, and P/O R. Gauthier RCAF.
The mission they were particiating in involved 188 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 Squadrons, who were joined by 42 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 Squadrons on an attack at Duisberg. Medals are court-mounted.
VF Condition $925