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111 Squadron Crest
19.08.1941 No. 111 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7528 Sgt. Joseph Vilandré

Operation: Sweep

Date: 19th August 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 111 squadron

Type: Spitfire MkIIA

Serial: P7528

Code: JU-?

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.

Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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