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    Default P/O. R F. Lavack. DFM 37 Squadron

    Looking for details leading to the loss of this airman. I cannot find an entry on the CWGC site. Can anyone please help?

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    Peter.

    P/O (Pilot) Robert Frank LAVACK - RAF 1027207 (from Vancouver, B.C., Canada) - DFM - 37 Squadron - KiA 20-9-1943, age 22, buried Tunisia

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    Hi Peter
    Are you sure of the name ? The Cemetery for Tunisia seems to be Medjez-El-Bab and there is no Lavack listed as being there or on the associated War Memorial. The total numbers involved are over 3500.As you say he doesn't come up on the normal name search on the general CWGC SITE
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    Peter,
    Have looked in "Wise without Eyes" 37sqdn 39-45, have found his award of DFM on 27/09/43, but he does not appear in the casualty lists.

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    Dick / Alan,

    Thanks for looking. I have my doubts over this loss, Lavack cannot be found on the Canadian Virtual Memorial either. Beginning to think he survived the war.

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    Try here http://airforce.ca/awards.php

    LAVACK, Flight Sergeant Robert Frank (1027207) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.37 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 28 September 1943. Born in Vancouver, 1920; home there; enlisted in RAF, 1940. Killed in action, Tunisia, 20 September 1943. AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943 (reporting DFM) identified him as a Canadian in the RAF. Air Ministry Bulletin 11583 refers.

    There are more details provided by following the link above.

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    Linzee,

    Many thanks for your reply. You came up trumps.

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    Peter

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    Hello All,
    Don't like his Service Number. Probably not an Officer's number. Shows up as Enlistments at Cardington and/or Padgate Sep 1939 - OK. Putting that number into the LG should(!) produce any Commissioning from the Ranks. Nothing returned. Someone might like to check what I've done (or is the LG having an 'off day'? - please don't swear at it or it'll go off in a huff!!).
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    Peter Davies
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter View Post
    Linzee,

    Many thanks for your reply. You came up trumps.

    Regards
    Peter
    You're welcome, but can anyone find an entry for him on CWGC? I'm really struggling to.

    Linzee

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    Hello all,

    I think the report of Lavack's death was somewhat premature. Note the following:-

    Forthcoming Marriages.

    Lieutenant R.F.Lavack, R.C.N., and Miss S.M.R.Haddow.

    The engagement is announced between Lieutenant Robert Francis Lavack, DFM., Royal Canadian Navy, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E.Lavack, Vancouver, and Sheila Mary Renwick, only daughter of the late Sir Renwick Haddow and of Lady Haddow, Gleniffer, West Kilbride, Ayrshire.

    The Times. Thursday, January 22, 1948. p.6

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    Well done Col, the plot thickens! I've sent a link to this thread to Kevin Mears (author of "Wise Without Eyes") in case he is able to throw further light on the situation.

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    Linzee

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