Found on YouTube – Trouvé sur YouTube

Found by my friend Jim Christie

Source: Library and Archives Canada. Peter McQuaid fonds, 1969-0055, IDC 328755.

Scenes shot in North Africa. 420 and 425 squadrons were stationed at Kairouan in Tunisia. At 6:00 we see in the back Wing Commander Joe St. Pierre DFC (American).

Joe the C.O.

Updated 7 April 2022

Jacques Morin passed away on April 6.


 

 

That’s how Jacques Morin affectionately called Wing Commander Lucien Joe Lecomte.

He told me so when I met him last year at his home.

He did not have this picture. I found it on the Internet.

Who is Joe the C. O.?

LECOMTE, W/C Joseph Hector Lucien (C1181)
– Distinguished Flying Cross
– No.425 Squadron
– Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

Born 1917 at St.Theodore d’Acton, Quebec; home in Acton Vale, Quebec (university student).  Enlisted in Montreal, 9 October 1939. Commissioned October 1939.  Flying instructor before going overseas in 1943.  Commanded Nos.425 and 415 Squadrons and Base Tholthorpe.

Remained in postwar RCAF; commanded Camp Borden, 1949-1951, and Station Trenton, 1951-1955.  Service also included NATO duties and command of Nos.423 and 432 Squadrons.

Retired December 1966.  Died at St.Bruno, 18 December 1975, age 59.

No citation other than “completed…numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty”.  DHist file 181.009 D.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 28 July 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (122 hours five minutes), 15 February to 21 June 1944.

From the time of his arrival on No.425 Squadron, Wing Commander Lecompte has shown exceptional aggressiveness, courage and fine offensive spirit which have been an example and goal for all members of his squadron.

Wing Commander Lecompte tackles all his work with vigour and has spent many hours in the air on training each captain of his squadron.  That this has paid dividends is evidenced by the fine operational record attained by this squadron during the past months.  In June his squadron was awarded the Base Pennant for all around efficiency.

Wing Commander Le Compte’s organization of ground training, and constant and diligent attention to all phases have been of the highest order.  He is untiring in his efforts to press home to all crews by personal lectures, points of airmanship which he has learned over years of experience.

In addition to ground duties, Wing Commander Lecompte has operated on 21 sorties since February 1944 over targets in Germany, France and Belgium, including Berlin, Schweinfurt, Essen and Stuttgart.  His fine offensive spirit and keenness for operations has kept the morale of his squadron at a very high level.

In recognition of this officer’s devotion to duty and fine leadership I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. [G/C J.L. Hurley, CO Station Tholthorpe].

LECOMPTE, W/C Joseph Hector Lucien, DFC (C1181)

– Mention in Despatches – Station Tholthorpe – Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

LECOMTE, G/C Joseph Hector Lucien, DFC (C1181)

– Mention in Despatches – Station Tholthorpe – Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  AFRO gives unit only as “Overseas”; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.

LECOMTE, W/C Joseph Hector Lucien, DFC (20168)

– Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) – Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.  Pilot.

Source

Who is Jacques Morin?

All my articles on him on my blog written in French about 425 Alouette.

Rememberance Week: Off to North Africa

This is a good account of the history of 425 Squadron.

Click here (broken link).

This is taken from the text.

The sea voyage of the ground party was interrupted by sporadic attacks by German bombers in the Bay of Biscay area, attacks which, except for livening up the trip somewhat, were inconsequential, there being no casualties.

The same could not be said for the aerial part of the transfer.

Twenty aircraft left Portreath on 4 June and nineteen reached Telergma, Tunisia, the same day. The lone exception encountered trouble over the same Biscay area, trouble in the form of the airborne enemy. Its crew and two groundcrew passengers were eventually obliged to hit the silk when over Portugal. All were interned in that country for the remainder of hostilities.

By mid-June most of the personnel and equipment had reached the new airfield-home at Kairouan.

Now started all over again the arduous process of establishing themselves in the
business of carrying bombs to enemy places. For this phase of operations the squadron formed part of No. 331 Wing, in No. 205 Group.

The Alouettes soon became aware of the physical and meteorological nature of their environment. There was eternal sand; there was eternal heat; there were periodical torrential rains that transformed the airfield into what looked more like a swamp minus the bulrushes; there were the sand-laden breezes of the sirocco, fresh from the desert, which seared the eyes, dust-draped everything in sight, and finally dried everything up, making it possible for the miserable cycle to start all over again.

The Alouettes had traded the mud, wind, and rain of Yorkshire for the mud, wind, and rain of Tunisia, with heat thrown into the bargain. Just when they were getting reasonably adjusted to this sort of thing, they were called upon to attack their first target in this theatre.

Michael’s dad was off to North Africa as these pictures will show you. I don’t think Corporal Roly Leblanc expected the kind of conditions described above…

So here are the 40 pictures taken by Corporal Roly Leblanc RCAF.

These are unique.

So enjoy the scene… before going to the airbase tomorrow…