I received this comment…
I have a really good photo of J. Claude Hebert from 1972 when he was president of Warnock Hersey International Limited. This is 6″x 4″ head and shoulders. He was, at that time living in Montreal and had 3 sons and daughter.
This is in an album created by my father whilst he was setting up a manufacturing company in the UK at that time. It comes with a brief history of Claude’s life from 1947 to 1972.
I recently rediscovered it during a house clean up but didn’t appreciate the significance at the time i first saw this album as I was 11 years old at the time! I just knew him as a business colleague of my father. The Internet, at times, can be a wonderful place. I really wish I’d been older to know more about his exploits. I would be happy to forward this info on so please feel free to contact me.
Eian. United Kingdom
It was about this post.
After the war Pierre Lecoq was in the reserve. He became second in command with 438 Squadron serving under Wing Commander Claude Hébert DFC. He was replacing Louis Morrissette.
After the war it became No. 438 City of Montreal (F) Squadron (Reserve) and was equipped with Vampires and Sabres. Reformed as an Air Reserve squadron at CFB Montreal the squadron flew the CSR-123 Otter and eventually the CH-136 Kiowa helicopter. In 1981 the squadron changed roles, becoming 438 Tactical Helicopter squadron and currently flies the CH-146 Griffon.
To be honest, I know nothing about Wing Commander Claude Hébert. But in September 2011 I knew nothing about Wally Dove.
So who is Claude Hébert DFC…?
I found this on the Airforce site.
HEBERT, S/L Rosario Jean Claude (C1469) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1914, Magog, Quebec; home there. Enlisted Trois Rivieres,, Quebec, 2 January 1940. Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 July 1940). No citation other than “…completed…many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.” DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 15 December 1943 at which time he had flown 39 sorties (222 hours 25 minutes):
This officer has now completed thirty-nine night sorties on a variety of targets. He has carried out these attacks with consistent skill and courage. Squadron Leader Hebert has set an example of skilful pilotage, cool judgement and determination. This, along with his cheerful confidence, has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.
Wing Cdr. Claude Hebert, D.F.C., war-time flight commander in the famed “Alouette” bomber squadron, was the first officer commanding of the post-war No. 438.
Gabriel Taschereau who wrote this book said that Claude Hébert was quite a man and a pilot. I don’t think there is a translation of that book.
I will translate some part of it next time.
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These are three pictures shared by Dean Black. They were taken at North Weald where 403 Squadron was once stationed.
He had this message…
Here are three photographs I took with Steve Butte in April 2002. We visited the North Weald airfield. There is a small museum there, as you can see in the photograph, as well as a prominent memorial to the fallen aircrew who served while operating from North Weald.
Dean on the left is with Steve Butte a Spitfire pilot with 403 Squadron.
Collection Dean Black
Steve Butte is seen here on this picture with his eyes closed. Top row, third from the left.
Collection Georges Nadon via André Nadon
Georges Nadon is in the first row extreme left. It’s Nadon’s second tour of operations. He would end the war with 277 sorties.
This is Steve Butte again.
Collection Dean Black
This third picture is most interesting.
Collection Dean Black
Most interesting when you compare it with this one.
To read once more what I wrote back in 2011 about the pilot who flew the plane that Pat Murphy built a model of…
This picture was not in Walter Neil Dove’s photo album…
But this is most interesting about a 403 Squadron pilot.
“During the war, my father flew under an alias, Pete Logan.
During WW2, my father’s mother and siblings lived in Bonneville, France, and my father’s superiors felt that his family could face retaliation should the Germans ever learn of my father’s French roots.
My father did have some claims; however, his records are incomplete. When he went from being Pierre Lecoq (R77174) to Peter Logan, the official records for Pierre Lecoq were totally erased or lost …
What I do know, is that after my father’s tour of duty ended in July of 1944, in lieu of returning to England for a rest, he donned civilian clothing and headed east to join his immediate family in Bonneville, FRANCE. Being perfectly bilingual, my father had no problem communicating in French. In order to reach his family, he had to travel through enemy occupied territory; hence, along the way he assisted the French Resistance movement in defying the Germans, and also assisted downed Allied pilots in their quest to escape enemy territory. I don’t know exactly when my father returned to Canada, but he was in the reserves (City of Montreal 438 Squadron) after the war while attending McGill University (Medicine Class of 1952).”
I finished the model of his Peter Lecoq’s Spitfire and I have placed it into the Spitfire display at the Vancouver Island Military Museum. The build took about 70 hours but it was worth the effort. The story of Peter Logan/ Pierre Lecoq was amazing and if not for your blog I would never have known of it, thanks for doing what you do. We cannot honour these men enough. As a modeler and a amateur historian I use your site all the time. Keep up the good work.
Click on each image for a larger view.
This is spectacular live footage of the 3,000 mile round trip air assault upon the Japanese mainland,with 3 bomber wings and a host of P-51’s.
Peter Lecoq is a household name on this blog.
His brother Yvon is not.
Things will change thanks for Peter, Peter Lecoq’s son.
My sleuth sister emailed me this newspaper article yesterday. Yvon is one of my father’s younger brothers who is now 88 years young, long retired and living in the south of France. For those of you who know my cousins, Richard and Frederic Lecoq, Yvon is their father.
Subject: Article about Yvon Lecoq from Toronto Daily Star, Feb. 5, 1945
A FEEL GOOD STORY OF AN AMERICAN PILOT FLYING PHOTO RECON MISSIONS IN A SPITFIRE WITH AMERICAN MARKINGS DURING WW II, ALL THE WAY TO BERLIN AND BACK WITH LONG RANGE FUEL TANKS IN THE WINGS.
Not related to the 403, but most interesting.
Peter likes to send me links about aviation in his e-mails.
Here is the latest one.
Even if you are not into this you might want to pass this treasure trove on to others.