Going Back in Time – 1 July 1942

1 July 1942

Mont-Joli

Number 30 Squadron

PMR75-632 – 130 Squadron, Mont-Joli, Quebec, 1 July 1942

People are still remembering…

Notes

Commanding Officer Jacques Chevrier is posing for posterity on July 1st, 1942. He is fifth from the left. He died five days later on July 6, 1942. Seventy-nine years later, minus five days, how Wing Commander Chevrier died is still a mystery…

Links

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2622524

https://sadp.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/jmsl-17-09-09-6-des-aviateurs.pdf 

(in French)

http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Chevrier.htm

Joseph Armand Jacques Chevrier was born in St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada on 7th October 1917. He joined the RCAF on 4th July 1938, travelled to England in 1940 and was posted to No. 1 Squadron at Wittering on 3rd October, moving to No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron at Prestwick on the 21st. Chevrier was repatriated to Canada on 9th January 1941.

He was appointed ADC to His Excellency the Governor-General, the Earl of Athlone on 8th August and served in that capacity until 31st March 1942. Chevrier was then posted to be the first CO of 130 Squadron, taking command at Mont-Joli, Quebec on 1st May 1942.

On 6th July 1942 the squadron was scrambled to search for U-boats after a freighter was torpedoed 10 miles off Ste. Anne-des-Monts. Four Kittyhawks were launched. Several survivors of the sunk ship were located, but no U-boat. Chevrier ran out of fuel on the return to Mont-Joli, and died when his Kittyhawk AK915 ditched in the St. Lawrence just off Ste. Anne-des-Monts.

His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial.

In 1952, his father was still asking questions about how his son had died…

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I found more information on the Internet…

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/205495

More on the Battle of the St. Lawrence here…

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/pdf/publications/canada-remembers/RS_Battle_Gulf_e.pdf

The official story seems to be this…

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Chevrier ran out of fuel on the return to Mont-Joli, and died when his Kittyhawk AK915 ditched in the St. Lawrence just off Ste. Anne-des-Monts. 

Hopefully, how he died will one day be known when parts of the Kittyhawk he flew on July 6, 1942, will be found.

Until then, people are still remembering Wing Commander Jacques Chevrier in Mont-Joli…

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