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Gilbert Boulanger (1922-2013), enrolled in the Second World War as a gunner at 18, was assigned to the “Alouette” Squadron. He took part in the Normandy landings in 1944 and miraculously survived the crash of a Wellington bomber and received the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). L’alouette affolée tells his memories of the war.

Full profile (french)


272 pages
Released: 01 April 2010
Gilbert Boulanger is no ordinary man. A member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, at 84 years old he built a two-seater plane with his friend Denis and, at 87, published the story of his experience as a gunner for the Canadian airforce during the Second World War, L’alouette affolée. L’alouette affolée tells the adventures of a teenager who, no born fighter, was drawn by his love of flying into one of the 20th century’s greatest tragedies. From Tunisia and London to the Normandy landing, Gilbert Boulanger discovered the world through war; with all the comradery, pain and danger that involved. Boulanger recounts his adventures, whether military or amorous, with all the candour and sensitivity of a story-teller and the youth he once was.
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