In memory of

Flying Officer

Vernon John Bouchard DFC

who died on 22 Dec 1944

Service details
  Conflict WWII
  Service RCAF
  Unit No. 550 Squadron, Royal Air Force
  Rank Flying Officer
  Service number J85054
  Date of death 19441222
  Cause of death killed in action
  Decorations Distinguished Flying Cross
Narrative history
  J85054 Flying Officer (No. 550 Squadron RAF pilot) Vernon John (Bud) Bouchard DFC (b.1919) of Regina was KIA 19441222 and is buried at Brookwood military cemetery near London, England. Bouchard's Albemarle aircraft crashed at Bratton, Wiltshire. He was the son of Louis Vernon and Myrtle H. (Christopherson) Bouchard. Louis came from Joliette, Québec and was a butcher at Admiral; he and Myrtle retired to Moose Jaw. Bud was born at Meyronne, educated at Admiral and at Central collegiate, Regina, where he enlisted late in 1939.

Recommendation for Distinguished Flying Cross (March 1944):
In the course of his present tour of operations, in which he has flown 18 sorties comprising 132 flying hours, this officer has displayed outstanding qualities of courage, determination and efficiency, bringing to successful completion attacks against some of the most important targets in Germany. He has on ten occasions attacked targets in Berlin and has returned with invaluable photographic evidence. For his continual devotion to duty and determination to carry through successfully his operational missions, I consider he fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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Memorial information
  Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 159 - Sherwood
  Cemetery or memorial location Brookwood military cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England    

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  Honour roll location(s) Admiral
Moose Jaw
  Geo-memorial Bouchard Lake, Saskatchewan     
  Geo-memorial location 59.7333°N / 103.2667°W
  Geo-memorial NTS map reference 64M11
  Geo-memorial details North of Phelps Lake.
Personal information
  Date of birth 19190502
  Place of birth Meyronne    (Please click here for map.)
  Date of enlistment 19391106
  Place of enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Residence on enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Occupation student
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