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No. 425(Alouette) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force
No 425 (Alouette) Squadron was formed as the fifth, and a French-Canadian, RCAF bomber squadron overseas at Dishforth, Yorkshire on the 25th of June 1942 as part of No 4 Group Bomber Command. It flew operations from the 5th of October 1042 until the 27th of April 1943 when it became non-operational before its move to North Africa. From Kairouan it flew with No 205 Group against targets in Sicily and Italy. It returned to Britain in November 1943, leaving its Wellingtons behind and converting to Halifax, resuming operations in February 1944. No 425 returned to Canada in June 1945.
Airfields No. 425 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire from the 25th of June 1942 (formed, Group 4 Bomber Command. Wellington III)
- RAF Dishforth from 1st January 1943 (Group 6, Wellington X)
- Kairouan, Tunisia from 19th June 1943
- Hani East, Tunisia from the 29th of September 1943
- RAF Dishforth from 6th November 1943
- RAF Tholthorpe, Yorkshire from the 12th of December 1943 (Halifax III, Lancaster X)
- to Canada on the 13th June 1945 (Lancaster X)
20th Dec 1942 425 Squadron Lancaster lost
13th Feb 1945 Night Ops
2nd Nov 1944 425 Squadron Halifax lost
18th Dec 1944 Aircraft Lost
2nd Feb 1945 Halifax Lost
17th Feb 1945 Halifax Lost
20th Feb 1945 Halifax Lost
21st Feb 1945 Night Ops
23rd Feb 1945 Night Ops
27th Feb 1945 Night Ops
2nd Mar 1945 Night Ops
3rd Mar 1945 Night Ops
5th Mar 1945 Halifax Lost
5th Mar 1945 Aircraft Lost
25th Mar 1945 Night Ops
8th Apr 1945 Night Ops
13th Apr 1945 Night Ops
18th Apr 1945 Night Ops
22nd Apr 1945 Night Ops
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Those known to have served with
No. 425(Alouette) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Dube Henri Edouard. P/O. (d.8th Aug 1944)
- Higgins Alfred Arthur John. Sgt.. (d.24th Apr 1944)
- LaForce James Edward. LAC.
- Perry Ronald Bertram. Sgt. (d.6th August 1943)
- White Eric. Sgt. (d.13th May 1944)
The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List
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P/O. Henri Edouard Dube 425 Squadron (d.8th Aug 1944)A distant cousin showed up on our steps Monday and the surprise about all this is that she's traveling across the Maritimes on a "scooter" with two dogs. Apparently, she was on a quest to find out about her grandmother's family (my grandfather's sister). What is amazing about all this is that her grandmother lost her husband during WWII. He was a Canadian pilot that crashed during a bombing mission over NAZI Germany. Through her entire life, she had never found out as to what had happened to him other than he was missing in action. Alexandra’s grandmother lived till 94, ever wondering if he was dead or if he'd ever return home. I didn't have a clue who this cousin was but it turns out that Alexandra is quite inquisitive and had done a lot of research on our family, the Roussel Clan. Anyway, she was curious about finding information about her grandmother’s “love of her life” so was in Edmundston doing research on the subject matter. She couldn't find much on the individual but found out where we lived.
Meanwhile, in 2010, my other great uncle (her grandmother's and my grandfather's brother) had sent me some information about this. Apparently, he was a good friend of this pilot when they were kids and by pure coincidence, in 2004, he was in Olizy, France, on a bus tour where he found a commemorative monument honoring this pilot by the name of Henri Dubé. He and his crew had been shot down and they had to crash land in France. They were rescued by the French Liberation Army but Henri decided to carry on to Paris on his own. He took off, eventually met up with an American pilot and they headed towards the capital. They got caught by Nazi soldiers and sent to a prison camp. They escaped from there and got again captured but this time they were shot to death. They were thrown in a mass grave but eventually the people of Olizy, unearthed the bodies and gave them a proper burial, complete with the story on the monument. My Uncle Ray, who lives in California, knew that I was a military history buff and had sent me a photo of the memorial with the explanation.
So you can imagine how Alexandra (the granddaughter) felt when she found out what had happened to her grandfather. – Talk about a series of coincidence and a sense of closure for her. It's just too bad that her grandmother never lived long enough to find out the truth.Gino Roussel
Sgt. Eric White Bomber Command 426 Squadron (d.13th May 1944)Eric White 653213 was my father's great uncle and Dad asked me to try and find out as much as I could about him as he was never told. I was able to find out that he was the Flight Engineer of Sqdn 426 Bomber Command. He flew in a Halifax mark 111 serial NA510. Others on board were
- Sqdn leader I M McRobie
- Flying officer G W Bedford
- WO 2nd class M A Brazey
- WO 2nd class C A McLeod
- Flight sgt A H Hammond
- Flight sgt Bremrose
They took of from RCAF air base Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire heading towards their target Cambrai, France. The Aircraft caught on fire and crashed near Villers-Les-Cagnicourt in Pas-De Calais on 13th June 1944. I believe once they knew they were in trouble they decided to evacuate the plane but Eric White and I M McRobie stayed on board to keep the plane level. It eventually crashed killing both on impact the locals found the body of Eric but McRobie was never found. A H Hammond, C A McLeod and Bremrose all managed to evade with the help of the locals but Bedford and Brazey were taken prisoner.
The locals buried Eric White in Cagnicourt and every year hold a ceremony over his grave.T. Rayner
Sgt.. Alfred Arthur John Higgins 425 Squadron. (d.24th Apr 1944)Alfred Higgins was my second cousin once removed. I found his death details on the CWGC website. I'm just sorry I don't have any stories to tell about him.
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