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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
   Ernest Joseph LeBlanc
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Le Blanc, Ernest Joseph R/77455 Flight Sergeant/ Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner 149 RAF Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force October 12, 1917 St. Joseph du Moine, Inverness Co., NS November 28, 1940 23 Montreal, Quebec Montreal, Quebec Waiter Roman Catholic Single Eusebe LeBlanc (Father)St. Joseph du Moine, Inverness Co., NS July 30, 1942 24 Choloy War Cemetery, France Grave 1A. A. 1-6 Commemorated on Page 89 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 26     Ernest Joseph Le Blanc Son of Eusebe and Marie (Doucet) Le Blanc, of St. Joseph du Moine, Inverness Co., Nova Scotia.  On completing his schooling he went to Montreal where he was employed until he joined the RCAF.    Completing training in Canada he embarked for England in November 1941. In England, Flight Sergeant Le Blanc served with 23 Operational Training Unit between January 12, 1942 and May 2, 1942, and with 1651 Conversion Unit at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire until July 9, 1942 when he joined 149 RAF Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England. On the night of July 29/30, 1942, 291 aircraft took part in air operations over Saarbrücken, Germany.   Flight Sergeant Le Blanc’s Stirling aircraft (R 9161) was shot down while returning from the raid  and crashed near Regniowez, in northern France. The other Canadian in the crew was Sergeant James Theodore Avedisian, age 24, from Brantford, Ontario, Canada.  Bomber Command claimed severe damage to two industrial targets, an ironworks and an engineering works.  Saarbrücken's records show severe damage and casualties in the centre and north-western districts. 396 buildings were destroyed and 324 seriously damaged, with 155 people being killed.