Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Leo Joseph Deschamps

In memory of:

Sergeant Leo Joseph Deschamps

April 4, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:
R/98254
Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

403 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

May 30, 1919 Tilbury West Township, Essex C, Ontario

Son of Alcide F. and Rose (née Rivest) Deschamps, of Windsor Ontario. The eighth child of fourteen children. His baptism is recorded at L'Annunciation in Stoney Point, 31 May 1919. At the time of his death he was engaged to a young woman named Ethel Pool. Apparently he was commonly called Lee.

He attended St. Joseph's School from 1926 - 1933, Walkerville Collegiate Institute, 1933 - 1938 (matriculation) and Windsor Vocational (1938-39) for Bookkeeping. He was the first of his family to complete high school. He then worked from 1937 - 39 as a stockman at Woolworths in Windsor and as a stockman at Ford Motor Company (1939 - May 41) when he joined the RCAF. Four of his brothers also served in the Armed Forces during WWII, Sam (US Navy), Marcel, Pierre-Paul, were in the Army and Rosaire was in the RCAF. Another younger brother, Bernard was in the US Air Force in the '50's.

Leo's hobbies were hockey, football, bowling, baseball, swimming and tennis. He enlisted 05 May 1941 in Windsor and transferred to the RCAF; training at Uplands Base, Ottawa, Ontario. He arrived overseas on 23 March 1942 and was assigned at "3 PRC" England, then to Hullavington Airfield, North Wiltshire, England. He was assigned to the 403 Squadron 20 Oct 1942 and served with that squadron until his death, 04 April 1943.

Commemorated on Page 153 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

H. 35.

Location:

From the centre of Dieppe take the Avenue Gambetta and Avenue des Canadiens. Head along the N27 out of Dieppe in the direction of Rouen until the first roundabout where there is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission sign. Go across the roundabout and continue until you reach a second roundabout. Take the first turning right where there is another CWGC sign. Continue until Chemin des Jonquilles, a road on the left. The Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery is on the right of this road and is clearly visible.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

Send us your images
  • Photo of Leo Joseph DesChamps – Returning from a sortie  - 1942/3 Spitfire fighter pilot. He was the 6th child of 14 and has become the family hero.
  • Missing in Action – Windsor Star, April 1943. Missing in Action
  • Family photo – Alcide, Sam, Leo, and Rose Deschamps on a trip to Montreal, Quebec on Leo's last leave in Canada.  Sam served with the U.S. Navy.
  • Service Record – Record of Service for Leo DesChamps
  • Cross of Sacrifice
  • Gravemarker
  • Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery – The Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, located just outside Dieppe, France. (J. Stephens)
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Windsor Daily Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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