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    Hi,
    This will be of interest to Hugh Haliday, Anne Storm, Peter and I hope other members of the forum.
    Following on from a previous post concerning Robert Lavack DFM., who was presumed KIA after a tour in 37 Squadron RAF. I have done more investigating as Robert Lavack was my fathers captain for his final operations with 37 Squadron.
    Robert Lavack is alive and well living in Czech Republic with his Swedish Diplomat wife who is on a posting there.
    From Robert Lavacks posting for the Reading and Rememberance Project 2005 run by the Durham West Arts Centre, Ajax, Ontario in Canada he states as follows.
    I did one tour on fighters, 250 combat hours (this was before and during fall of Tobruk), before switching to Bomber Command. This I did to get out of the desert and the Middle East in general (He didn't succeed).
    On Bombers , I did two tours of bomber raids called ops. There were 40 bomber raids on my first tour and 36 ops on my second tour. I was also involved in a number of supply drops to partisans and my group was involved in the Warsaw supply drops in August 1944.
    He goes on to say that he was based in Foggia in 1944, this would have been his 2nd bombing tour. He also states that he was with the Naval Fleet Air Arm post War. He was a Canadian lad in the Merchant Marine and was one of 6 survivors when his vessel was torpedoed taken to UK where he joined the RAF. He doesn't name the squadrons he was with but i am certain 37 Sqd is one.
    Hugh this would put to rest the idea that he died on Active service during the war.
    Anne he may well have known your father. Peter thanks for your original query re this man.
    It should also be of interest to Canadian members that Robert Lavack was involved with the development of the Norval Morrisseau Postage Stamp.
    He is at present writing about his Wartime and other experiences. I have emailed a person who is in contact with Robert Lavack and I am hoping he will be gracious enough to contact me.
    I will keep the forum advised of progress as I am sure those members mentioned will be interested to learn more as am I myself.
    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.

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    Rob
    Do you think Lavack means that his sqdn was part of the 205 group RAF ?
    quote "I was also involved in a number of supply drops to partisans and my group was involved in the Warsaw supply drops in August 1944"

    31 /34 SAAF ,178/148 RAF ,Polish SD sqdns & some USAAF sqdns took part in the Warsaw airlifts from Italy 1944

    Regards
    Anne

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    Anne,
    He was part of RAF and yes he would have been part of 205 Group. He states he was based in Foggia both 40 and 104 were there and I believe you said your Dad was with 104 for a time. I am picking that he was with one of these two but could well be wrong. Until I can get more info I'm only going to be guessing. He does state that he was involved with a number of drops to the partisans and my group was involved in the Warsaw supply drops of August 1944
    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.
    Last edited by RobJ; 11th May 2009 at 23:24. Reason: additional information.

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    Hello Rob,

    I have just checked the Archive. The subject of 'Lavack', was well-aired back in June, 2006 by Henk Welting, Paul McMillan and Ken (MacLean?). Much of what was said later (including my own contribution) had already been firmly established by the said 'Gentlemen'.

    I had no knowledge of their postings at the time, so here and now, I acknowledge, 'The Pioneers'.

    That lets me off the hook!

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 12th May 2009 at 01:47. Reason: minor correction

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    Hi Col,
    Thanks for that information and yes thank you to Henk and company. The full picture is now coming together and hope to complete the quest soon. Will update as soon as possible.
    Thanks,
    Rob Jerram.

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    Rob
    Yes my father [F/O T R Millar RAAF] was in 104 RAF in Italy .I'm not sure from when but until June /July 1944, then he was seconded to 31 SAAF & flew to Warsaw in August '44 .

    There were drops to partisans in Yugoslavia & raids to the oil fields at Ploesti, rail yards & mining done by many of the sqdns based at Foggia, as well as drops to Italian partisans.

    Anne

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