JOLICOEUR, FERNAND DANIEL, Flight Officer, # J-18987, Royal Canadian Air Force

 

Fernand D. Jolicoeur was born 13 October 1918 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Olivier Jolicoeur (1889-    ) (Gatineau Valley, Quebec, Canada) and Laurenza (Kenny) Jolicoeur (1895-    ) (Gracefield, Quebec, Canada). Siblings included Wilfred Jolicoeur (1917-    ) (served in RCAF), Norman Jolicoeur (1920-    ), Gertrude (Jolicoeur) Emery (1920-    ), Laurette (Jolicoeur) Gauthier (1926-    ), Eveline Jolicoeur (1929-    ), and Genevieve Jolicoeur (1930-    ).He attended St. Jules school (1926-1930), St. Joseph’s High School (1930-1935) and Assumption College (1935-1936).

 

He entered the R.C.A.F. on 11 November 1940, at the R.C.A.F. Recruiting Centre, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He described himself as 5’ 6 ¾”, 141 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He received training as a Flight Officer and was sent overseas to India on 19 March 1942. He was assigned to the 607th R.C.A.F. Squadron. He flew the Hawker Aircraft Hurricane. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the European Service Star, the Burma Service Star, the Defence Medal, the Service Medal, and the C.V.S.M. Medal twice (clasp). Assigned to India, he died 12 September 1944 near Bombay, India. His remains and those of the other crewmen were recovered from the Ameriican military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, and were buried in a group ceremony in the Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., Kansas (Sec. 2, Grave 1786).