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Sgt Joseph Yves Camille Charles Auguste Laflamme

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Sgt Joseph Yves Camille Charles Auguste Laflamme

Birth
Thurso, Outaouais Region, Quebec, Canada
Death
16 Nov 1942 (aged 20)
Pitsea, Basildon District, Essex, England
Burial
Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea Unitary Authority, Essex, England
Plot
Plot R. Grave 12186.
Memorial ID
54171615 View Source

Flight Sergeant ( Air Bomber ) R/96120 Royal Canadian Air Force. Son of Alban and Edna Laflamme, of Ottawa Ontario. Canada.

From OTTAWA, Ontario. Killed in Action Nov16/42 age 21. Member of the 425 Squadroon Wellington III BJ894 KW-K Training Crashed 1930, during the course of a Bulls Eye exercise,on Marshes near Canvey Island, Essex.

One report states: ‘flew down the length of Long Road, engine ablaze and crashed and burned so fiercely at the end of Northwick Road, that when the bodies were recovered the pennies in their pockets had melted and fused to the bones. These guys are buried in Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend.'

Another states: ‘…as far as I can make out, the Wellington bomber was on a routine training flight when a German night fighter, which was on the prowl over the Thames area caught it. It flew along the length of Long Road all ablaze and eventually came down on the opposite bank of the creek at the end of Northwick Road. This is now where Pitsea tip is, I imagine.'


Sergeant Camille Laflamme, who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in May 1941, was one of a crew of five – pilot, flight engineer, navigator/bomb aimer, and front and rear gunners, in a two-motor Wellington bomber. He held the position of navigator/bomber. Returning from their fourth bombing mission over Germany, while completing their crossing of the English Channel, they were spotted and shot down by a German fighter plane. Their plane lacked the power to defend itself against the enemy fighters. Camille's plane made it to England but crashed near Southend-on-Sea killing all five men.

Flight Sergeant ( Air Bomber ) R/96120 Royal Canadian Air Force. Son of Alban and Edna Laflamme, of Ottawa Ontario. Canada.

From OTTAWA, Ontario. Killed in Action Nov16/42 age 21. Member of the 425 Squadroon Wellington III BJ894 KW-K Training Crashed 1930, during the course of a Bulls Eye exercise,on Marshes near Canvey Island, Essex.

One report states: ‘flew down the length of Long Road, engine ablaze and crashed and burned so fiercely at the end of Northwick Road, that when the bodies were recovered the pennies in their pockets had melted and fused to the bones. These guys are buried in Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend.'

Another states: ‘…as far as I can make out, the Wellington bomber was on a routine training flight when a German night fighter, which was on the prowl over the Thames area caught it. It flew along the length of Long Road all ablaze and eventually came down on the opposite bank of the creek at the end of Northwick Road. This is now where Pitsea tip is, I imagine.'


Sergeant Camille Laflamme, who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in May 1941, was one of a crew of five – pilot, flight engineer, navigator/bomb aimer, and front and rear gunners, in a two-motor Wellington bomber. He held the position of navigator/bomber. Returning from their fourth bombing mission over Germany, while completing their crossing of the English Channel, they were spotted and shot down by a German fighter plane. Their plane lacked the power to defend itself against the enemy fighters. Camille's plane made it to England but crashed near Southend-on-Sea killing all five men.

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