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    Default W/C A. F. Avant (J10503) - youngest W/C of BC?

    Hi all,

    why looking for CO of 429 Sq in 1944 I found this CO on
    http://www.nk.ca/~kopper/429sqnco.htm with note:

    "Youngest W/C in Bomber Command at age 21."

    Could anybody confirm this that he was really the youngest one?

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Default Hamilton Spectator, 1944/05/11

    I'm sure Hugh can confirm but this was in the Hamilton Spectator, 1944/05/11

    New Air Leader Is 20 Years Old
    London, May 11.-(CP)
    -Twenty - year - old Wing-Cmdr. A. F. (Al) Avant, D.F.C., Hughton, Sask.; has been appointed to command R.C.A.F. bomber group's Bison Squadron, it was announced last night. He is believed to be the youngest man in the R.C.A.F. or R.A.F, to hold such a position.
    Dennis Burke
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    Thanks a lot Dennis!

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    Default W/C A.F. Avant

    I am usually suspicious of superlatives ("youngest", "oldest", "biggest", "first","last", "longest", etc.) but Avant may well have been the youngest RCAF Wing Commader in Bomber Command - though a little older than noted above - Born in September 1922 and appointed CO of No.429 Squadron - as a Wing Commander - on 1 May 1944. But the "youngest" in Bomber Command ? I do not know. The RAF/RAAF/RNZAF experts may have a more youthful candidate.
    Last edited by HughAHalliday; 23rd October 2008 at 22:46. Reason: spelling mistrake

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    Hi Hugh,

    many thanks for your reply.
    You are right - superlatives are sometimes very dangerous and misguided.
    So to be sure I suppose I will use expression like "youngest RCAF W/C at the time and one of the youngest COs of the BC".

    Pavel
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