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Alex Smart
15th November 2015, 23:56

450904 - Unaccounted Airmen - 04-09-1945

From Henk's List -

LAVENTURE, Harold A - Cpl - R/204500 - RCAF -

MURRAY, Robert - LAC - 1090336 - RAFVR - Bridlington Cemetery, Yorkshire.
POWELL, Henry Rossiter - Wng/Cdr - 5264 - RAF - Ruislip (St. Martin ) Churchyard Extension, Middlesex.

From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

MACHIN, George Brian - F/S (Pilot) - 1624903 - RAFVR - Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India - Thunderbolt II - HD290 - 36 SP ].

DAVIS, Norman Edwin - W/O(Pilot) - 1384564 - RAFVR - City of London Cemetery & Crematorium, Manor Park, Essex - [ Vengeance IV - HB301 - 15 FU ].


Bill Walker
16th November 2015, 01:41
According to Google, Laventure is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, in St. John's, Newfoundland. This is somewhat unusual, since his family and his wife were from Ontario, and standard Canadian military practice for domestic deaths was to return the body to a home town, unless express instructions otherwise were left. I guess possibly Newfoundland was still considered "overseas" in September 1945. The RCAF casualty list for 17 September 1945 lists him as "killed accidentally".

As in the RAF, an RCAF Corporal in 1945 would not be aircrew, or even ground crew working on aircraft.

16th November 2015, 09:41

MACHIN, George Brian - F/S (Pilot) - Thunderbolt II - HD290 - 36 SP ].

MURRAY, Robert - LAC - registered in Holderness.
POWELL, Henry Rossiter - Wg Cdr - registered in Westminster.
DAVIS, Norman Edwin - W/O(Pilot) - Vengeance IV - HB301 - 15 FU ].


16th November 2015, 10:08
LAVENTURE's service file is available on Ancestry.com and the cause of death was

44 R.U. Fogo Island, RCAF

basically he was hit by a American Army truck whist walking on a road with another airman at RAF station Torbay.

Bill Walker
16th November 2015, 13:11
Thanks Dennis. 44 Radio Unit was a coastal radar station. Most of these were at very remote locations, like Fogo Island. I expect Laventure was on leave when he died.

16th November 2015, 14:53
When I get a chance I'll read more into the service file, it even has a photo of the truck!

1st July 2021, 09:46
Thomas Holden 1141226 , attached to 32 squadron , was severely burnt in a road convoy accident on 3 September on the Beisan Irbid military Road , Transjordan, when he attempted to prime an engine using petrol. Admitted to 42 general hospital, Haifa, he died the following day

2nd December 2021, 17:16
Henry Rossiter Powell 05264, attached to the Air Ministry, was knocked down by a car on 28 August, dying of his injuries in Charing Cross Hospital

7th September 2022, 16:31
Percy Harry Underdown 1217243 , attached to 123 Squadron, was admitted dangerously ill to Number 22 MFH on 24 August at 19:50 Hours suffering with faucial diphtheria.. He railed and was removed from all lists, but relapsed at 18:30 Hours on 26 August at 18:30 Hours and died of diphtheria myocarditis

29th August 2023, 16:46
Robert Murray 1090336 | a medically discharged Airman at the time of his death, had been admitted dangerously ill to Number 1 RAF General hospital on 27 October 1944. He was evacuated by ship to the U.K. and admitted seriously ill to RAF Hospital Kirkham on 17 November 1944. He was medically discharged on 11 March 1945, dying of bilateral pulmonary tuberculosis with left hydropneumothorax and right tubercular pneumonia