Seranvillers-Forenville - Military Cemetery

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Lancaster DS726 EQ-Y
408 Sqn
                                       
  Date :  13 juin 1944
  Mission :  Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Cambrai (59)
                                       
        Décollage : 
Linton on Ouse à 21:59
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu par le Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer 4/NJG1      
        Lieu du crash :  Seranvillers-Forenville (59)   
                                       
P/O Jack BRAY WOP A/G RAF VR 174002 KIA  
F/O W.C. BURNS A/B RCAF J/21574 POW          
P/O Joseph Jean Baptiste Gaston LAPIERRE
A/G RCAF R/148486 EVA Distinguished Flying Cross
F/O Gordon Ewart MALLORY Nav RCAF C/16622 KIA          
W/O Harry Frederick MURPHY A/G RCAF R/151486 KIA  
P/O Robert Duncan OCHSNER A/G RCAF J/85342 KIA          
S/Ldr William Benjamin STEWART Pil RCAF J/15486 KIA          
P/O Norman VARLEY F/Eng RAF VR 178252 KIA          
                                       
Distinguished Flying Cross
Warrant Officer Joseph Jean Baptiste Gaston LAPIERRE (Can/R.148486), Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 408 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron.
As air gunner, Warrant Offier Lapierre has completed a large number of sorties, including 9 attacks on Berlin. On one occasion, after successfully bombing the German capital, Warrant Officer Lapierre sighted a fighter closing in. He promptly gave his pilot the necessary evading directions but the bomber was struck by a burst of machine­-gun fire. His turret was damaged and be was deprived of the use of the intercommunication system The lead of his oxygen supply was also severed. Nevertbeless, this resolute gunner finally drove off the attacker. Displaying exceptional devotion to duty be manned his post throughout the remainder of the flight despite the lack of oxygen. He set an example of a high order

FOURTH SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE of FRIDAY, the 9th of June, 1944.