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    The following is regarding the late Joseph Albert Laviolette who went by the name of Albert.
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    A serious clerical error occurred on 24 March 1944 when P/O Joseph Alexandre LAVIOLETTE (J19970) of No.425 (Allouette) Sqdn RCAF was killed in action.
    At that time, Sgt. Joseph Albert LAVIOLETTE (R189437) RCAF was on 9 days Leave from No.20 (P) AFU.
    Due to the two men's similar names and other personal information, for a short period of time Sgt. Joseph Albert LAVIOLETTE (R189437) RCAF was mistakenly listed as having been killed.
    On 13 August 1944, Joseph Albert LAVIOLETTE received his Commission with the rank of Pilot Officer and the number J89934.
    Due to another error (possibly typographical) P/O. Joseph Albert LAVIOLETTE (J89934) began using the wrong number of J88934 (the second 8 should have been a 9).
    At this time it seems that his use of the wrong number continued until his repatriation to Canada in June 1945.
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    In 2003 a serviceman travelled from England to Canada and visited Joseph Albert Laviolette.
    He handed Albert a paper, possibly a photograph.
    While handing the paper (or photo) back to his visitor, Albert said, “Yes, that was my number.”
    Later, Albert said to a family member, “There’s a war memorial in England with my name and number on it.”
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    Albert died in 2006.
    It is not known where in England the memorial is located, or if it still exists.
    It is also not known which of Albert’s service numbers is (was) on the memorial.
    At this time it is assumed that the death of P/O. Joseph Alexandre LAVIOLETTE (J19970), and Albert having been mistakenly listed as killed, and the obvious error of his name and number on a war memorial in England, are all directly connected.
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    Anyone with further information on the WW2 Memorial in England (possibly located at, or near, where Canadian airmen frequented, or possibly at, or near, where No.425 (Alouette) Sqdn RCAF airmen frequented, please reply.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by grounded; 17th April 2015 at 04:54. Reason: clarify

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    Hi,
    CWGC has Joseph Alexendre Laviollette commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial,panel 251, the service No is J19970.
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    Dick

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    I'm looking for a memorial listing Joseph Albert Laviolette or J.A. Laviolette or Joseph A. Laviolette
    and/or the number R189437, or J89934, or J88934.

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    Hello,

    The following background information "Might" help. J/89934 F/L Joseph Albert LAVIOLETTE DFC RCAF, served on No.103 Sqn RAF:-

    http://www.northlincsweb.net/13Base/..._103_sqdn.html

    No.103 was based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire:

    http://www.bcar.org.uk/raf-elsham-wolds-memorial

    His name is not mentioned on the 103 Sqn Honours and Awards board - maybe it should be!

    and... https://legionmagazine.com/en/last-p...ntry&id=231443

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th April 2015 at 10:43.

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    A family member emailed last night.
    Apparently, in 2003 Albert said that the memorial is located in London.

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    If in London, could it be he meant the Roll of Honour displayed in St Clement Danes Church in the Strand? This comprises a series of illuminated ledgers and a page per day of each is turned. Each ledger has a facsimile copy which can be consulted.

    Lincoln Cathedral is also the home of a series of Group based memorial books but I've never seen them an so don't know how they are displayed.

    Colin Cummings

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    Thank you Oldduffer.
    If anything turns up regarding this search, I have a hunch that it may be from something along the lines of your information.
    Some have the idea of a stone memorial with names chiseled into it, but I have doubts about that.

    Another family member has emailed to say that,
    "Albert's name and number is included on a list in London of missing Canadians."

    So, if anyone knows of a list in London of missing Canadians, or possibly missing Canadian airmen, or any other leads, your reply will be appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by grounded; 19th April 2015 at 18:15. Reason: clarify wording

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