LEDOUX, W/C Hugh Charles (C911) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron

Richard Koval has this picture of Wing Commander Ledoux on his Website.

Ledoux

He has one more picture of Wing Commander Ledoux that he does not know of. Before I show him, I will tell you more about Wing Commander Ledoux using this citation found on Airforce.ca.

LEDOUX, W/C Hugh Charles (C911) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born in Westmount, Quebec, 4 June 1916; home in Montreal. BA from Loyola University. Commissioned on enlistment, 7 November 1938. Awarded Queen’s Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Group Captain, Air Defence Command). Postwar appointments included being CO of North Bay (June 1954 to July 1958) and SASO at No.1 Air Division, 1959.No citation other than “in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy”. DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation submitted December 1944:

On 7th August 1944 this officer piloted a Halifax bomber on his first daylight attack over enemy troops southwest of Caen, Normandy, France.

As the run-in on the target was being made, cancellation of bombing was given by the Master Bomber. Immediately after leaving the target, the starboard outer engine failed, A flight of seventy-five miles was made into the North Sea where the bomb load was jettisoned.

The shortage of petrol was obvious and Wing Commander Ledoux captained his aircraft to the nearest English emergency landing base. Upon reaching this base, the weather had closed in and the aircraft was redirected to Mepal aerodrome. On the landing approach, another aircraft cut in front and an overshoot was necessary.

Undaunted by these circumstances, this cool and skilful pilot by his superb airmanship executed a safe landing with only a few minutes’ petrol left, without injury to the crew, and possibly saving valuable equipment.

Wing Commander Ledoux’s outstanding devotion to duty, dogged determination and exceptional dashing courage is worthy of high praise.

Now for the other picture.

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I will let Richard comment on this one…

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