19.08.1941 No. 111 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7528 Sgt. Joseph Vilandré
Date: 19th August 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 111 squadron
Type: Spitfire MkIIA
Base: RAF North Weald. England
Location: Présume au-dessus, Hazelbrouck, France
Pilot: Sgt. Joseph Bernard Marius Vilandré R/74035 RCAF Age 21. PoW No: 23616 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug (L6)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Shot down by Me109s during a sweep during the evening of the 19th August and taken PoW.
Also lost from the Squadron:
Spitfire IIa P7824 Flown by F/O. J.A. Timmis 63837 RAFVR PoW No: 5001 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria (L3)
Spitfire IIa P8428 Flown by 25 year old, P/O. George Alexander Skelly 88713 RAFVR of Alnwick, Northumberland, England - missing believed killed.
No. 6 Course: Rear: Sgt’s Welby, Spence-Ross, Smithyan, Plagis, Corine, Elcombe, Mumro, Long, Murchie, Magee, Bayly, Beckher, Gilbert, Arrowsmith, Ellis. Centre: Sgt’s Sharun, McCarthy, Smith, Booth, Grimsdick, Paveley, Rowland, Howard, Holden, Kenwood, Vilandre. Front: P/O’s. Bishop, Williams, Marsh, Smith, McNair, Johnston, Sly, Shearn, Jones, Coker, Sgt’s. Holse, Bassett, Charlesworth.
None - survived the war - died 2005.
Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - December 2016. With thanks to Pierre Lagacé and Ralf Pelletier for portrait and grave photo. Others courtesy of the Michel Beckers collection. Joseph Bernard Marius Vilandré died on the 30th November 2005 after a long illness. Married to Mary Brennan. Son of Georges and Marie-Anne Vilandre. Brother of Rheal (Therese) of Montreal. Predeceased by siblings Irene, Gilles and Rene.