Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Bernard Henry Labarge

In memory of
Pilot Officer
Bernard Henry Labarge
March 12, 1943

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/16635
Age:
28
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
405 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Born:
January 11, 1915 Ottawa, Ontario
Enlistment:
December 6, 1940 Montreal, Québec

Son of Charles Henry and Martha T. Labarge (1947 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Ottawa, Ontario.

His brother Leo John Labarge was killed in action on September 30, 1942 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Commemorated on Page 178 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
LA MALMAISON COMMUNAL CEMETERY ; Aisne, France
Grave Reference:
Coll. grave 1-5.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper Clipping – Mrs Martha Labarge Silver Cross Mother 1947. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Bernard Labarge – Pilot Officer Bernard Henry Labarge (left) and his brother Flight Sergeant Leo John Labarge (right)
Pilot Officer Bernard (“Bern”) Labarge was second Pilot on a bombing mission over Germany on the night of March 12, 1943. Flying with the 405th Squadron, the mission was completed successfully but the returning airplanes came under heavy enemy fire. Pilot/Officer Labarge’s airplane wreckage was discovered in France near the town of Aisne where he and his five fellow airmen were discovered and buried by the local townsfolk.  He was 28 years old and is buried in the communal cemetery at La Malmaison, Aisne, France.

Flight Sergeant Leo Labarge was two years younger than his brother Bernard and was known as a young air gunner with a great sense of humour and adventure. He was shot down on the 30th day of September 1942 near Trigh Capuzzo, Lybia and was buried there by German forces. His body was not discovered until March 1943 and news of his death was confirmed to his mother during the same week as the death of her older son, Pilot/Officer Bernard Labarge. Flight Sergeant Leo Labarge was with the 148th Squadron and is buried at the Knightsbridge War Cemetery, 25 kilometres west of Tobruk, in open country south of the main road from Tobruk to Derna and Benghazi.
  • Grave marker – The original gravesite of Bernard Henry Labarge and his fellow airmen in 1945 at La Malmaison, France.  Pilot Officer Bernard (“Bern”) Labarge was second Pilot on a bombing mission over Germany on the night of March 12, 1943. Flying with the 405th Squadron, the mission was completed successfully but the returning airplanes came under heavy enemy fire. Pilot/Officer Labarge’s airplane wreckage was discovered in France near the town of Aisne where he and his five fellow airmen were discovered and buried by the local townsfolk.
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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