Click Here – Remembering the Dieppe raid – August 19, 1942

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There is a story behind that picture.

According to his son Terry…

Dad had over 900 hours total and 220 plus in actual engagement. He flew six sorties at Dieppe and I believe was credited a 190 destroyed on that day. They left before first light and returned after dark.

 

Les frères Rousseau

Who remembers the Rousseau brothers?

Something I wrote on March 19, 2010 on Souvenirs de guerre, the French version of Lest We Forget.


Updated 9 March 2022

Emails from a relative

Hi there,

I wanted to thank you for the great page you have so kindly dedicated to my great uncles Philippe and Maurice Rousseau.

I grew up hearing their valiant stories which always remain with me.

Regarding the picture in which you originally believed to be Philippe (with his 2 sisters) was actually a soldier in Philippe’s division called Moffat (I have never seen the name spelled and I do not know much about him)

After Philippe was killed and the fighting died down, the rest of the platoon was captured including Mr. Moffat. He came by the family residence to tell the story of Philippe.

Interesting tidbit, Moffat and the rest of the platoon were moved to a prison camp in the mountains where they remained for quite some time. One of the German guards was looking for a skiing buddy and Moffat was his man. He spent a portion of his internment skiing. The German officer did say that if he tried to escape, he would be shot. Nevertheless, Mr. Moffat was able to tell our family of the heroism of Philippe.

The story I had been told was that Philippe’s battalion had been dropped at the wrong place. All of the soldiers were frightened as they eventually figured they were behind enemy lines. Philippe insisted on leading the platoon. That is when a German ambush killed him.

With regards to Maurice, I have heard various accounts of what had happened. His mission was to meet up with a Maquis agent also named Rousseau who would have been a distant relative. They never had the chance to meet as the Maquis agent had already been killed by the time Maurice arrived.

The story about the priest showing the room to the German soldiers, I had been told that Maurice was hiding behind the door that the priest had just opened. He had his knife in hand. The Germans had checked several rooms and had asked about the one that Maurice would be in. The priest insisted on showing the Germans the room in question. Due to the instance of the priest, the Germans only took a peek inside the room instead of the more thorough verifications that had been done in other rooms.

In any event, I heard that Maurice died while providing cover to other allied soldiers. Another story I heard was that he did not die  but was wounded and captured. He would have been likely tortured for info and would have been executed as part of Hitler’s “Commando order”. However, I do not know if this is true, just what I have heard and read.

On a side note, both men were against the draft as they thought no-one should be forced to go to war. They were volunteers.

In any event, it is nice to see these young brave men remembered and honored. Me and my family truly appreciate this.

Have a wonderful day.

Best regards,

Daniel

Hi Pierre,

In any event, I attached a picture of Philippe with my mom and uncle. While there is no year for the picture, this I am told, may have been one of the last times that my mom would have seen her uncle. I have been told that this may have been taken shortly before Philippe’s final departure to Europe.

Last tid-bit;

My mom remembers waking up one morning to find her dad (Philippe’s older brother Jacques) crying. He was holding 2 letters, which would have been from the military. The 1st letter was the news that Philippe had been killed in combat. The 2nd letter stating that Maurice was missing and the worst was feared. My poor grandfather found out that he lost 2 brothers in a single day. It was one of the most striking moments of my mom’s life as my grandfather was not at all prone to publicly emoting.

Among my mom’s things are the silver “Airborne” division wings pin. This was one of my mom’s most precious belongings.

Again, thank you for your work

Have a fantastic day.

Kindest regards,

Daniel

Souvenirs de guerre

Les frères Rousseau avaient été au Collège militaire de Kingston.

Voici l’article que le Centre Juno Beach m’a envoyé cette semaine. Il a été écrit en décembre 1945. Il est de la plume de G.-H. Dagneau.

Claude Rousseau, le frère de Philippe et Maurice, s’est rendu en France le 11 septembre 1945. Il a visité en premier la Lorraine et ensuite le Calvados. Il a su ce qui était arrivé à ses frères.

Philippe est mort en héros le 6 juin 1944, deux heures seulement après avoir sauté en parachute. Maurice est mort le 17 septembre, trois mois plus tard aussi comme un héros en Lorraine.

Vous pouvez lire en cliquant sur les images et zoomer ensuite sur votre explorateur pour lire le texte.



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RAF Elsham Wolds: Part Two

A story you will always remember when you open a jar of strawberry jam…

Lest We Forget

John Knifton

In a previous article, I wrote of how I had visited the RAF airbase where my Dad, Fred, had served during the Second World War, RAF Elsham Wolds in north Lincolnshire. Look for the orange arrow:

small scale

Not much of the original airfield was left, just a single aircraft hangar, which looked like a very large Nissen hut and was now painted white.
Very little else remained of 103 Squadron’s old home, beyond various stretches of derelict runway, now mostly covered in huge piles of builder’s rubble. Half of one runway has Severn Trent Water Authority buildings standing on it. The other end has a metal fence built over it. A second runway has a major road, the A15, constructed more or less right on top of it:

the new road
If you knew where to look, and could recognise what they were, there were still quite a number of disused dispersal points. Overall, it seemed a very long time indeed since those dark…

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