Cleethorpes - Gonzales Caron

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Reference WMO266591

Address:

Civic Offices

Knoll St

Cleethorpes

DN35 8LN

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: White Marble tablet with incised inscription in black lettering. Three medals are depicted at the top right of the tablet. Flowers are carved in bas relief at the top left of the tablet. Sergent Chef CARON Volunteer on February 27th, 1940, for the duration of the war, Gonzalès Caron is student pilot at the elementary flying school of Vannes, folded on Morlaix before the German advance. He reached England aboard the Le Trébouliste lobster boat, chartered by Lieutenants Pinot and Berthier on June 19, 1940, arriving in Falmouth on June 21, 1940. He joined the Free French Air Force (FAFL) and resumed training at the RAF schools at Flying Training School 5 in Ternhill from May 14, 1941. Upon leaving the Operational Training Unit 59, he was posted on October 17, 1941 to Squadron 605. From November 7, 1941, he joined the Hunting Group 2 & quote; Ile-de-France & quote; / Sq 340 but remained only briefly since November 27, 1941, he was again transferred to Squadron 74 . The Squadrons do not like hunting, and he asks to pass on twin-engine in the Coastal Command. He resumed training and completed his operational transformation at the Operational Training Unit 60 in September 1942. On January 21, 1943, he was posted to Squadron 236 and Squadron 618 on September 2, 1943 and finally, to Squadron 143 on December 22, 1943 to fly on Beaufighter. On February 21, 1944, he disappeared during a mission off Norway. A document issued by the General Staff of the French Air Force in Great Britain in December 1945 states that & quote; Sergeant Chef Caron was pilot of a Beaufighter who, during a reconnaissance at sea, was shot down by the enemy DCA. The aircraft landed softly on the water. It is believed that the pilot and his navigator were able to embark in their Rubber Dinghy, no further news has been received from the crew and therefore may be presumed that Sergeant Chef Caron perished at sea on February 21, 1944. http://www.cieldegloire.com/004_caron_g.php
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Au SERGENT-CHEF PILOTE R.A.F. GONZALES CARON SOUVENIR DES PREMIERS COMPAGNONS DE GAULLE

Sergent Chef Caron, Free French

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